Lead-in lines

December 22, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

If you have followed my blogs and photographs you will know that I like to use lead-in lines because they powerfully nudge the viewers' eyes into the image. They create depth. They tie the foreground and the background together. They help transport the viewer into the image rather than just having them look at our images laterally, from left to right. They make us want to step right into the scene.

What does this "line" in the grass make you do? You see, it happens automatically, our eyes just follow lines. Here is another one from the same shoot.

Lead-in lines can be formed by almost anything that lineup and go into your scene. I want to encourage you to look for and utilize lead-in lines. Most people walk up to this scene, plant themselves at the very place where they meet the scene and shoot. If this is done most people would have had an image of the green pasture and the trees and mountains but they would have missed creating a stronger composition by just walking around a bit because that would have lead the photographer to this lead-in line.

          Search for lead-in lines and use them to enhance the compositions you find.


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