Leading Lines

For this assignment, you will need to take 10 photos that best represent Leading Lines. You can definitely submit more than 10 🙂

Check Google Classroom for the presentation and other helpful links!

What Are Leading Lines?

Leading lines are lines that appear in a photograph that have been framed and positioned by the photographer to draw the viewer’s eye towards a specific point of interest. These lines often draw the viewer’s eye in a specific direction or towards a designated portion of the photograph.

Student Examples

Links for Inspiration

Phone Photography Tips: https://iphonephotographyschool.com/leading-lines/

Great article on why Leading Lines are important as well as how to use them in your own photography: https://photographycourse.net/using-leading-lines-in-composition/

Brilliant article about all the different ways to use leading lines: https://www.masterclass.com/articles/how-to-use-leading-lines-in-photography#4-types-of-leading-lines-in-photography

Below is an excerpt from the article:

In order to use leading lines, it’s useful to understand the different types of leading lines and how they are best used. Some of the categories of leading lines include:

  1. Horizontal lines: Horizontal leading lines are often found in nature and landscape photography. Because horizontal leading lines often stretch across the entire width of the image, they tend to be used when shooting with a wide-angle lens.
  2. Vertical lines: Vertical lines tend to communicate power and hierarchy. They draw the eye up or down within the frame and can be used to convey status within your picture. Vertical leading lines are often found in fashion photography and street photography.
  3. Diagonal lines: Diagonal lines are used to create a sense of movement and change. Diagonal lines work to emphasize a sense of distance and often track from foreground to background. If you’re working with a large depth of field, try experimenting with diagonal lines to accentuate the sense of depth in your image.
  4. Converging lines: If there are converging lines present in your frame, it’s best practice to situate the subject of the image at the axis of these leading lines. Converging lines are very effective at drawing the eye to the point of convergence and can be a strong compositional element to include in your photographs.