It's Week #3: Leading Lines!

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Week 3: Leading lines

Photo by: Heike Seyffarth – Week 7: Leading lines (2016)

Leading lines are one of the most effective composition tools that photographers can use. You can direct the viewer’s eye exactly where you want them to look by the deliberate placement of these lines. Leading lines can be a row of trees, railings, stairs, paths, an aquaduct, horizons, bridges and so on.

These lines often point to a specific subject, for example, a person, or a vanishing point in the background but sometimes the lines just lead your eye into the photo. Look carefully at your lines and keep asking yourselves where they are pointing to.

Note: Railway tracks are often used as leading lines but because too many photographers have lost their lives we have decided not publish photos that are taken on railway tracks. 

Tips and Tuts for this week:

  1. Leading lines composition and more tips.
  2. Make sure that you are using leading lines correctly.
  3. Use leading lines to create powerful mobile phone photos.
  4. There are various types of leading lines. They can be horizontal, vertical, diagonal, and converging!
  5. Have a look this great three part tutorial on how to find and use leading lines in your photography. One, two and three!

Need more inspiration? Have a look at the “Leading lines” album of 2017 and the “Lines” album of 2016, 2015  and 2013. And of course, the Googles. Oh, you sweet Googles.


Extra Credit: 1″ or more

For some extra credit joojoo, try setting your shutter speed to a slow 1 second, 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!

Photo credit: Jasper Ibe – Week 3: Lines (2015)
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!

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