Leading Lines

Leading lines are arguably the most frequently used compositional tools in landscape photography. Ian Plant reveals how you can use them to your advantage and avoid the potential pitfalls

Leading lines are vertical, horizontal, or diagonal lines that direct the viewer’s attention and lead the eye to critical areas in your image. Distinct lines in your composition help the viewer navigate through the frame, creating a sense of order. Leading lines stretching from the foreground to the background, or radiating from the corners of the image into the center, can be particularly effective.

Lines are arguably the most used – and perhaps most abused – compositional tools in landscape photography. When the lines emanate from the bottom of the image frame and point to important elements in the background, they can be very effective at …

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Ian Plant is a full time professional nature photographer, writer, and adventurer. His work has appeared in numerous magazines, books and calendars, and he is a frequent contributor to Popular Photography and Outdoor Photographer magazines, among others.

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