Leading lines are often used in photography to attract the viewer to your subject in a new and unique way.
Leading lines don’t have to be as they sound – perfectly straight. Typically though, a line will start from a corner of the photograph and lead directly to your subject. The viewer will be following the line with their eye right to where you focused in the image.
There are SO many leading lines in our daily life. Once you start to look for them, you will find them everywhere. Often I’ll find that if I just stop, think, and then move my physical body to another part of the room I can find leading lines and create a more interesting shot.
Things that are often used as leading lines include walls, railings, stairs, fences, and more.
Here is an example of a shot taken while strawberry picking with my family. I used the plants as the leading line to my boys.
In this next example I used the fence to create a leading line to my subject.
Below I used the sidewalk as my leading line, to direct you to my little garden baby.
In this one I used the pumpkins as a sort of leading line to my boys.
Here I used the corn rows as leading lines to my sweet boy.
In this next one, my husband (who has become quite the photog) used the road to lead to me and my son during a walk we took during quarantine.
In this next one I used a couple of different composition types. I used the water as a leading line, but I also used the water to create cool reflections in my image.
In this last one, I used the table as a leading line to my goofy and smiling son.
In conclusion, there are SO many ways to create or to find leading lines and use them photographically. I showed you a lot of random leading lines and definitely didn’t show you all of them that are out in there in the world. But I wanted to show you more “fun” examples to prove that you really can make a line where you might not have otherwise seen one before. I challenge you to try it next time you pull your camera out!
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