Learn more about leading lines below
This weeks challenge in our photography education and resources group was leading lines ! Our winner for the challenge this week was Samantha Armfield Robinson ! Congratulations.
When leading lines, such as roads, connect the foreground to the background of a scene, they help to create depth and dimensionality which draws the viewer into the image.
Leading lines are all around us in cities and in nature. Your job as the photographer is to find them and arrange them in your photograph so that they lead towards something, even if that something is infinity.
When you’re setting up a shot, take a moment to examine the scene for its prominent lines.
Pay special attention to man-made things such as:
anything in a row such as lamp posts
In nature, pay particular attention to:
Once you’ve identified your strongest lines, consider how you can use them to enhance your composition. Depending on your intention, you might:
create depth and perspective by positioning a strong line leading from the foreground to the background;
create a visual journey from one part of your image to another;
place your subject where the lines converge to give the subject more importance in the frame and draw the viewer’s attention directly to it; or
make a cyclical composition, with the lines leading the eye in a circular motion and never out of the frame.
Arranging the elements in the frame may involve the use of different lenses to change perspective, but usually you can accomplish it simply by moving yourself so that the point of view you choose is purposeful.
Leading lines are the key compositional element that carries our eye through the photograph. They can be used to tell a story, to place emphasis, and to draw a connection between two objects.
Use them creatively and with expressive purpose to help you tell your unique photographic tale. DPS