It's Week #4: Leading Lines

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Simply put, leading lines are the lines that direct the viewer’s eyes into the photo, usually towards the main subject. These lines tend to “enter” from the corners of the frame, but they don’t have to. Take a look around. Whether you live in a busy city, or a quiet suburb, leading lines are all around us. Your job is to find these lines, and arrange them to guide your viewers eyes to your subject.

Tips and Tuts for this week:

  • Reposition! Get low! Check the corners of your frame; are there lines coming out of them? Those are leading lines!
  • Leading lines don’t need to be literal lines. They can be a subtle pattern in your frame that leads the eye, along a path, into the photo.
  • Check out this great three part tutorial on how to find and use leading lines in your photography
  • Learn about the different kinds of lines that there are! There are horizontal, vertical, diagonal, and converging!
  • Not sure where to find some lines? Stairs, roads, bridges, or train tracks are really awesome spots to find some!

Looking for more inspiration? Check out “Lines” from 2015, and 2016! And of course, The Googles! Oh you sweet Googles.

Extra Credit: 10″ or slower

For some extra credit joojoo, try setting your shutter speed to a suuuuuuuper sloooowwwww 10 seconds, or slower! You’ll definitely want to set your camera on a tripod (or some other non-handheld surface) to take this shot, as the slightest bit of shake will blur your photo. Unless of course, that’s what you want to do! Extra credit on the extra credit if you do this during the day 🙂

Check out The Googles for more inspiration!!


Remember, it is not necessary to keep this Extra Credit challenge in mind while shooting. It’s extra credit!

*Please note!! You can only submit ONE photo per week, for the week’s challenge. This photo can include the “Extra Credit” part of the challenge, or the “regular” challenge, but you can never submit more than one photo!

Past Challenges 2016

Past Challenges - 2015