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Leading Lines Photography – Learn by Doing

Assignment #44 – Leading lines!

Let me tell you how this week’s assignment started, it was kinda magical for me. I was driving through town thinking about photography thinking about what Bernhard Seuss said in an interview I recently read:

“the photographer learns to break down the subject to its basic compositional elements then builds an image from them.”

So I’m driving thinking about composition, when I noticed the light poles. They all went straight up! That might seem silly, I drive by these lights every day, but in a sense I never noticed they were lines. Lines connected to the earth shooting straight up to the sky! As I drove lines started appearing everywhere. Lights, telephone polls, the power cables flowing horizontally, the curve in the road as I watched a car turn. Lines, lines everywhere leading my eye… Some are interesting lines, some not because of the background or they didn’t lead me anywhere. I tried to visualize circles and triangles breaking down my imagine into a mathematical equation, but that proved to be a bit harder so I went back to looking for lines all day.

Take the day and look for leading lines without a camera… then pick up your camera and see if you still see them! I spent most of my day just looking and only took a few pictures. Still a long way to go, but I felt it was a start…


Tips about leading lines in photography

Leading lines pull our eye into the picture.
They can take the viewer through a journey from one spot to the next.
Lines don’t have to be straight they can be diagonal, curved,, horizontal, zigzag etc.
Simple lines bright our attention to the intended subject

A question to ask yourself:
Does the leading line take your eyes in to the image or out?

Take the day and look… See how many leading lines you can find whether they are straight to the subject, or curvy letting the mind slowly sweep through the image as it finds its way to the subject!

This is an excellent video on leading lines by Bernie Raffe. He shows the picture from a couple different angles and explains why he choose the one he did.

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