The Use of Lines in Photographic Composition.

While taking photos, it’s always good to consider the utilization of leading lines in overall composition. Some people think that lines in photography distract from the important and significant details in the picture. Vice versa, the lines emphasize the image’s message and turns the viewer’s eye into the right direction. On condition that lines will be balanced, they make the image interesting and somewhat lead the viewer’s vision.

Needless to say that any picture has leading lines and/or curves. The lines can be less obvious or plainly visible and obvious.

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Photo by Damir

Source: http://www.picturesocial.com/photo/railway-7?context=user

Real lines could be a road, railway, horizon, fence, etc. The lines that are “less obvious” cannot be found visually but thanks to our imagination, we can draw them or extend them in our minds.

Leading lines can be horizontal, vertical or diagonal. The picture with diagonal lines expresses the motion in the photo. They contribute to the image becoming more dynamic.

Sometimes photographers use jagged and irregular lines. The irregular lines can make the photo psychedelic and interesting but they can also mislead the viewer as he/she won’t know what line to follow while observing the image.

A lot can be said about the leading lines but one thing is for sure—they help to convey the mood of the image.

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Source: http://500px.com/photo/50785378

Red Forest by Alphon No

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Source: http://500px.com/photo/2199298

Photo by Marcus Bj[Ö]rkman

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© Constantine Manos / Magnum Photos. USA. 1988. Florida. Daytona Beach. “American Color”

Source: http://erickimphotography.com/blog/2013/10/16/street-photography-composition-lesson-4-leading-lines/

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© Constantine Manos / Magnum Photos. USA. 1988. Florida. Daytona Beach. “American Color”

Source: http://erickimphotography.com/blog/2013/10/16/street-photography-composition-lesson-4-leading-lines

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Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/aisforangie/111875558/

photo by Angie Harms

 Horizontal lines usually bring strength into the composition. If the photographer needs to show the historical meaning of the photo or to freeze it in time, horizontal lines are the best method to follow.

 

 Vertical lines bring peace and stability into the picture. Often they also contribute to the mood of tranquility within the image.

 

by Maryia Komar

mkomar@dtcc.edu

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