Today's photo tip is all about leading lines. When you look at a picture, your eyes and brain cannot take the whole thing it at once. Whether you realize it or not, you have to look throughout the photo to really comprehend the whole thing.
Leading lines are a way of guiding your viewers eyes through the photo--and basically getting them to look where you want them to. It doesn't matter how you get the viewers eyes to move--it can be from left to right, up to down, diagonally or even curving.
The picture below is a good example of leading lines. Where did your eyes land at first? Did you realize that they followed those two yellow lines throughout the picture? And what about the horizon--did it lead you over to the sun flare?
When you go to take a picture, look at what you can use for leading lines. It can be a road, a pathway, a fence, a structure, a design on a wall, the horizon or even in clouds or other natural elements!
Go through these pictures and see if you can identify the leading lines! Hit the pause button to look and study the lines a bit longer if you'd like.
Now, the next time you get your camera out, think about what you can use for leading lines. After you have practiced this, it will become second nature, and you won't even have to think about it anymore!
I'm a mom of 4 boys, in love with photography, especially landscapes, macro, and silhouettes.
"To me, photography is an art of observation. It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place...I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them." -Elliott Erwitt