Using Leading Lines

Leading lines are lines that, either by the actual elements in the image or by the composition of those elements, lead the eye into the picture and often to a point of interest. These lines add dimension, depth and perspective by carrying the eye through the photo:

^ Diagonal lines are dynamic and evoke movement. ^ Curves are graceful and harmonious. ^ Horizontal lines are peaceful and give a feeling of balance. ^ Vertical lines are direct and active.

There are many elements that provide natural leading lines, especially in scenic or landscape photos such as roads, walls, fences, rivers, shadows, skyscrapers, bridges and so on. The image of the Great Wall in China in Figure 19-11 is an example of curved leading lines. Check out Color Plate 19-8 to see another example of leading lines.

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