How leading lines improve your photos
Photographs are effectively two–dimensional flat objects, but by using leading lines, you can add a lot of perspective to images. It helps with photo composition and takes the viewer on a visual journey, allowing their minds to wander deeper.
The good news is that there are no real rules when it comes to lines in photography. Numerous pictures break the rules and the results are still spectacular. So play around with different perspectives and see how deliberately adding leading lines could improve your work.
Here are some reasons why leading lines can improve your photos:
Leads the eye to the subject
Instead of just placing a subject in your image, leading lines is a great tool to help the viewer focus on what you want. It is almost like using force, but in a nice way. Using lines is also one of the easiest ways to incorporate the rule of thirds into your photos without trying, leading to better photo composition.
Creating depth or symmetry
Instead of just capturing that flat image with some vegetation in the foreground and the sea as background, why not use a bridge or walkway to lead viewers towards the sea? Not only does this allow for extra depth, but it is also a good way to add symmetry. Usually the rules of composition states that one should not centre objects in your photo, but in this case the rule can be broken. This method will work best if your lines start from the corners of a photo.
Creates distance in photos
Using lines such as pathways and roads is a great method to lead ones eye into the distance. It creates depth that might not have been there previously and allow the image to lead the viewer’s eye through the image, or part of an image into the distance.
Using leading lines to create suspense
If your lines lead somewhere into the distance and curve around a corner, viewers might just spend more time looking at your work. This is because you create suspense in their minds as they wonder where the pathway or road is heading. What is around that corner?
Using lines differently
Lines are not always so obvious, but can add extra depth to any photo, especially with objects of different distances from the camera. Instead of zooming in on a subject such as a boat on the water, take a step back. If you include an interesting foreground object, like floating birds floating, or people swimming towards the boat, it can still lead the viewer’s eye to a distant subject.
Look around you, there are lines everywhere, from pathways, shorelines, roads, rock formations, boardwalks, clouds, shadows, trees and even the horizon itself. Whether you use these lines vertically, horizontally or diagonally, it is a great way to compose the picture and transform it from ordinary to extraordinary