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Leading Lines

By Chris Corradino on April 04, 2016


The New York Institute of Photography is one of the world’s largest photography schools and because we are, we often publish fun and useful photography tips on our photography blog. Please enjoy!

Leading Lines

While using leading lines in composition sounds simple, it’s actually one of the harder styles to pre-visualize. The idea is to find a line that will lead the viewer’s eye through the frame, and direct them to the subject. Train tracks are an obvious example, but it’s dangerous to shoot there, and therefore not recommended. There’s no shortage of safe alternatives however. The key is learning to see these opportunities, and apply them accordingly. How do you do this? Slowing down is certainly a good place to start. If you’re chasing the light at sunset, chances are your composition will be rushed and sloppy. If you take the time to really scout a location, it’s possible to craft an image that far exceeds a routine snapshot.

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