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Photo Composition-Lines/Leading Lines

Posted on May 1, 2013 by

At it’s most basic definition, composition is the art of arranging the elements within your photo frame into a pleasing image!  Lines can lead the viewer’s eye into the photo to the subject or focal point.

  • A curved line can gently draw the viewer in
  • A straight line is more direct.  
  • Diagonal lines can often show movement or the impression of movement.

Here is a good example of a gently curving line leading the eye into the photo:

Sertoma Park in Bismarck, ND

Sertoma Park in Bismarck, ND

The lines of the trees in this photo also provide some interest to the image.

The curved lines in this photo actually become the subject!

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The vertical lines in these books form the subject and make a strong image conveying strength and having a static feel:

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Diagonal lines convey a sense of motion:

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Some final images showing leading lines that bring the viewer’s eye into the photo:

Big Sky Trip-053OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe image above was processed in my Topaz Adjust Plug-in.  If you like this photo you can purchase it here at my SmugMug store.

So the next time you put your camera to your eye, remember those lines and leading lines that can be used to artfully bring the viewer in and keep them interested!

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