Week #3: Lines

To be shot and submitted between Sunday, Jan 11 and Sunday, Jan 18 (noon, Eastern)

Lines form the “skeletons” of some great photo compositions. Just like novice painters, we’re going to take a step back this week to study the lines in our scenes, and try to understand how they can help us compose our masterpieces. Your photograph this week does not have to be “about” lines – but it should demonstrate a close attention to how lines build a composition. In particular, see if you can incorporate some “leading lines” – though it’s not required. Leading lines are simply lines in your photograph that draw the viewer’s eye to the photo’s subject. They usually “come in” from outside the frame; often from a corner, but not necessarily. See Ilan’s photograph above for a clear example of leading lines “leading” your eye to the subject. Feel free to construct a scene, or simply wander about looking for naturally occurring lines. Once you start keeping an eye out for them, you’ll begin to notice them everywhere!

Tips and Tuts for this week:


Need some inspiration? Check out our previous ‘Lines’ album from 2013 on Facebook.

Extra Credit: “2+ Leading Lines”

We discussed Leading Lines above, and there are some good tutorials for you to check out. For Extra Credit, incorporate at least two leading lines in your shot. Train tracks, streets, race tracks, and other parallel lines all make for great natural leading lines. If you somehow incorporate four leading lines into your image, Yosef will message you a fun emoticon.

Again, it is not necessary to work in this Extra Credit piece. It’s extra credit!