Compositional Rules : Diagonals

How to use Diagonal lines in your composition?

Diagonal lines, generally, help us to direct the viewer to a subject. They also can create a diminishing effect in your photograph. Let us see a couple of examples to understand this better.

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The photograph above shows the diagonal lines starting from the top right of the frame and ending at the bottom left of the frame. But in between, the subject is placed and it stops the viewer to concentrate there. In other words, the subject, demands the viewers’ attention. This is how the diagonal lines work. This concept is truly effective.

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Let us look at the next photograph. This is little different from the previous one. It has a similar line from the top right and ends on the subject itself.

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In this photograph, there are two lines starting from right and left side. Both lines, directs the viewer to the subject. The lines, however, does not continue further. It stops at the subject’s position.

Did you know? Pressing “O” from Lightroom’s Crop tool open up the Grid lines of different Rules in photography.

Diagonal lines are very good at creating a tension and dynamism within the frame.

To add, there is a difference between leading and diagonal lines.

All diagonal lines can be a leading line but all leading lines need not be diagonal lines.

Hope this article helps in composing your frame so that it concentrates on the subject.

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