01-22-2019 11:01 AM - last edited on 01-22-2019 11:28 AM by AriMar
A great way to add interest to your photos is to utilize the lines that you see in the scene around you. Leading lines can be powerful compositional tools that can dramatically improve the strength of your photos. They add depth and help to lead a viewer’s eyes into the image.
Luckily, leading lines can be located just about anywhere in everyday scenes. You can find them in anything that has a well-formed edge—such as a river, mountain range, bridge, road, pathway, or even the side of a building.
See the difference using leading lines can make in the photos below.
Without using a leading line
The texture and vivid green color of these plants next to a pond at the Portland Japanese Garden are beautiful. However, this photo suffers because it doesn’t have a strong focal point. All of the greenery makes it hard to understand what the image is about. It doesn’t tell a story and isn’t very exciting to look at.
Using a leading line
Here, I included the wooden walkway in the photo. This adds dimension by creating a leading line that guides your eyes from the foreground into the middle of the image. It invites you into the scene. You can imagine crossing the walkway to experience all the beautiful greenery at this place. The leading line also adds contrast to the image—the light color of the wood helps the greenery stand out and the image is no longer a blob full of green leaves.
How has using a leading line in a scene improved the quality of your photography? Show us the great photos that you’ve shared on Google Maps below.