Composition – Leading Lines

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything about better photography. I still have active students shooting pictures out there so I thought I’d point out a new wrinkles about composition.

I say new because if you take courses on proper composition the first principle brought up is the Rule of Thirds. This rule states that your subject should be placed in one of four intersecting line 2/3 of the way around the frame. I never liked this so called rule because it’s not the only way to compose a photograph. There are other factors that contribute to a well composed picture.

Strong leading lines in a composition can direct the viewer’s eye through a composition, causing viewers to enjoy the entire scene. A winding road through a scenic farmland comes to mind or the curving path leading down to a beach is another. In one of the photos I’ve posted below the natural curve of the symmetrical pews takes you on a journey through this church composition. Vanishing horizon line shots on a beach scene is another example of leading line walking the viewer to a spectacular sunrise or sunset. The large balls curving to the contour of this famous building in Seattle lead your eyes through the scene.

Rules in photography aren’t cast in iron. Be flexible and try different methods to make your masterpieces interesting and worth a second look.





4 thoughts on “Composition – Leading Lines

  1. See that. Thanks. Love the Cannon Beach one. First picture of that with the creek. Yes, I now remember in class we were suppose to get some pictures like that. A fence leading to something else.

  2. Love your photo post. You taught me that and I’m very grateful. Thank you
    Would you believe we have to watch out for a little snow the next few days.

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