Take the lead

James Pater­son ex­plains how strong lines can im­prove the com­po­si­tion of your land­scapes

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Lead­ing lines draw a viewer’s eye through a scene, mak­ing them in­ter­act more with a photo. Dis­cover how to use them in your work

When we gaze upon a scene or an im­age, our eyes are nat­u­rally drawn to­wards lines and shapes that lead from one point to another. Sci­en­tific stud­ies that track eye move­ment have proved this, and as pho­tog­ra­phers we can use it to our ad­van­tage when com­pos­ing a photo. In­clude strong lines and you can lead the eye to­wards your sub­ject.

It’s a sim­ple but very pow­er­ful vis­ual de­vice. Look around and you’ll find lead­ing lines ev­ery­where in the land­scape. There are man-made lines cre­ated by roads, walls and build­ings, then there are nat­u­ral lines like rivers, trees and the hori­zon. But if there’s one lo­ca­tion that guar­an­tees lines more than any other, it’s the coast. Not only is there the nat­u­ral break be­tween land and sea, there are also many man-made lines in piers, jet­ties and walk­ways that of­fer plenty of com­po­si­tional gifts for those will­ing to look for them.

Lead­ing lines are a use­ful way to sim­plify a com­po­si­tion, so it’s a vis­ual de­vice that goes hand in hand with other sim­pli­fy­ing tech­niques like us­ing a long ex­po­sure to blur wa­ter here. In this project, we’ll ex­plore both tech­niques – how to use both lead­ing lines and mo­tion blur to strengthen your com­po­si­tions.

Our eyes are nat­u­rally drawn to­wards lines and shapes that lead from one point to another

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