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Improve your Photos with Leading Lines

The right composition can take a photo from boring to wow. Leading lines is one of the bes compositions to improve your photo

There are many rules of composition. These rules help make your photographs interesting and balanced. In other words these rules help your photos look good! What I like about the basic rules of composition are that you don’t need a fancy camera to do them. I use these rules when I’m taking photos with my Canon 6D as well as with my iPhone.

Today, I want to talk about leading lines.

Lines in photography are powerful . In photography, they are used to lead your eye where the photographer wants to go. The lines literally point you in the direction of the subject of the photo. They sometimes start at the bottom of your photo and lead you in. But they can be vertical or horizontal. Sometimes they even lead you out of a photo! Leading lines are all around us. It’s up to us as the photographer to find them and use them to make our photos more pleasing.  Remember, ANYTHING can be a leading line. Let’s look at a few examples:

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Using leading lines in a photo helps draw you into a photo.

 

See how the bridge is leading you to Pookah and CDub? And the pier?

 

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one of my favorite ways to compose a photo is to use  leading lines

 

In this photos, see how the rows of strawberries lead you to Pookah picking the strawberries?

 

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composition leads your eye into the photo to the subjects

 

Or here where the brick wall and even the tree lead you to these two cutie pies.

 

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Leading lines help lead your eye to the subject in your photos

 

And here the side walk leads into you to my guys out for a bike ride.

5. And last:

 

Using leading lines to improve the composition of this photo.

 

Here you have the line of the surf, the mountains, the clouds, all leading you to what I wanted to be the subject: The golden gate bridge.

 

So you see? Using leading lines to help tell your story or to help bring attention to your subject is easy peasy.  Once you start looking for lines, you’ll see them everywhere. So go out and practice this week and show me your leading lines!

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  • Reply
    Louida
    September 11, 2014 at 11:09 am

    Girl you need to do some photography classes. Your photos always comes out great, including your iPhone photos. I never know the difference.

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      Reginia {PoisedinPrint.com}
      September 11, 2014 at 10:50 pm

      See LaShawn, I told you you should do a class. Louida agrees with me.

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        LaShawn
        September 13, 2014 at 7:55 pm

        I’m working on the logistics of that. Online? In person? Hmmmmmmmmmm

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    Ricci
    September 11, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    I just got my very first DSLR camera and need all the tips I can get!! Thank you!!!

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      LaShawn
      September 13, 2014 at 7:56 pm

      Yay! What kind did you get?

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    Nellie @ Brooklyn Active Mama
    September 11, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    amazing!! I hve never thought in a leading lines mindframe before! I will now! Thank you for this mini lesson!!

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      LaShawn
      September 13, 2014 at 7:55 pm

      you are welcome!! Just start observing and you’ll see them everywhere!

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    MJ @ Daisy & June
    September 12, 2014 at 10:10 am

    I love these photos and what a smart trick! I definitely have that problem that I zoom in too close and lose a lot of my background.

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      LaShawn
      September 13, 2014 at 7:54 pm

      Thanks! I think filling up the frame is always something you naturally want to do, but every once in a while, just take two steps back and THEN snap your photo! It takes practice but you’ll love the results!

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    Katherine G from La La Land Mommy
    September 14, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    This is great! I’m definitely going to be looking for some lines now. I would love to see how different my photos come out.

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    Candace
    August 25, 2015 at 6:39 am

    I just started paying attention to leading lines and getting out of the habit of being allll up on my subject lol

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    Keisha
    August 25, 2015 at 7:15 am

    This is great. I’m gonna look now, thank you!

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    Ashleigh Walls
    August 26, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    What a wonderful photography technique to use! I will have to look for this more times in photos.

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    Kendra
    August 27, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    I need help learning how to use the new Samsung I bought on your recommendation, so yes I support a class! In the meantime, I guess I’ll just have to use your blogs as tutorials. 🙂

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