It’s February and that means we have a new theme. This month’s photographic concept is leading lines. Photographically speaking, it is a compositional tool in which the photographer utilizes lines to engage and draw the viewer into the photo and/or highlight a subject.
Sometimes, these lines will lead the eye through and out of the photo.
Lines are everywhere once you start noticing and are often created by objects such as a road, a tree line, a building, telephone poles, stairs, there are many possibilities. Your lines don’t have to be straight; so keep your eyes out for curvy and diagonal lines as well.
Lines in a photo can be used to highlight a subject and bring a viewer’s eye to that subject or beyond.
Search for lines to incorporate into your photography this week.
Look for diagonal and curved lines also.
Place your subject in such a way that the lines draw a viewer’s eyes to your subject.
Look for works by one of your favorite photographers, in a book or online or go to a museum, and see if you can find leading lines in their photos. Take note of how your experience of that picture is affected by these lines.