Leading lines - Photography Composition
There are several ways in which we can compose a picture, like
- The rule of thirds: Imagine dividing the image into 9 equal parts by 2 equally spaced Horizontal & Vertical lines and place the important element of the image onto these interaction points.
- The golden spiral rule: Also known as Fibonacci’s Ratio is a pattern/ design that is universally efficient in living things and pleasing to the human eye.
- Balancing Elements: Place the main element you want to concentrate on one side of the frame and balance it by placing another element on the other side.
- Leading Lines
all of which are aimed to do only and only one thing, make images look more appealing to human eye.
Out of all, we will be talking about the simplest yet the most important one- “Leading Lines”
Why Are ‘Lines’ crucial in Photography?
We already know the importance of geometric objects in photography and we can’t deny that the ‘lines’ are the strongest of them. They help creating a depth and draw the viewer's eye into your image. Always remember, the human eye always tend to follow a line in an image.
1. Horizontal lines: Adds a stability element to your image and the subject concerned.
2. Vertical Lines: Sets the overall mood of the image and makes it more powerful.
3. Diagonal Lines: They are mostly used to draw/ redirect the attention of the viewer to the most important element/ subject of the image.
Do the Lines Have to be straight?
Not necessarily! As a matter of fact, some of the most interesting lines are curved or even looped. As long as there is a distinct path for the viewer’s eyes to follow, the line can acquire any path. The below image explains it visually:
I can assure that these composing techniques will elevate your photography to the next level..!! and the most important tip- Get your gear out and start shooting… Practice, practice and practice.
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