The use of leading lines is one of the techniques in photography to create interesting compositions. Leading lines, which refer to those natural lines created in the space of a photograph, are very powerful in drawing the viewer’s attention by creating a visual narrative in the composition. Leading lines could be intentional or unintentional and can be used to draw the eye of the viewers to a focal point in the shot that you would like to highlight.
Leading lines are mostly found in landscape and architectural photographs such as railways, roads and paths, or in shots of buildings and skyscrapers. And, among the leading lines used in photography, the diagonal is the most dynamic. Diagonal lines can create a sense of depth and a stronger impression of movement in an otherwise flat medium like photographs.
TIP: Diagonals lines can be incorporated in your photographs by simply tilting your camera. Most diagonals are just slanted views of horizontals and verticals.
For your inspiration, we looked around for some fabulous photographs that made use of leading lines to create dramatic and interesting compositions. The photos below are just low-resolution version of the original pictures and were posted for illustration purposes. Please visit the source to know more details about each of them and view them in large and high-resolution format. Link is provided below each preview image. I hope these pictures will inspire you as well. Happy shooting!
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“Houston, we have lift off!”
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Leading Lines Can Add Drama in Photography
Leading lines in photography are powerful in drawing attention by creating a visual narrative in the composition. Here are 15 examples for inspiration.
Photography tips on leading lines
Written by: Gisela Gutierrez
Date Published: 02/21/2012
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