Compositional Rules : Leading line

How leading lines help in composing a better photograph?

A leading line in a photograph is nothing but a simple line, a set of lines or a pattern which creates a line which essentially brings viewers’ attention or interest towards that photograph.

Let us see a couple of examples, which will help us to understand this concept better.

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In this photograph, the foreground has a rear view mirror of a bike which reflects two people riding it. Immediately, after the rear view mirror, the road takes control of our eyes. It takes us further into the frame and again there are two more bikes. After this, the road ends merging with the greens. This creates some interest towards this photograph. This is a way of explaining leading lines.

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In this photograph, there are 3 lines which immediately pulls our attention towards the inside of the photograph. This is a foggy environment. We don’t know where these lines exactly ends. Obviously, all these three lines are pointing towards the same point. This is another way of looking at leading lines.

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This photograph is taken in a portrait mode. At the fore ground, a road grabs our attention and then a river as if the road continues over the river.

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In this photograph, there are lot of parallel lines. Obviously it’s a tea plantation. All these lines leads us to the top of the hill. These are converging lines.

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In this photograph, there are lines on the sides which form a pattern. This pattern works as a limelight and takes our eyes. This pattern is a little different from what we have seen so far.

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In this photograph, all the lines start from the bottom of the frame and takes out eyes to the top of the church/frame.

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In this photograph, all the lines, leads us to the subject which is nothing but the light house. Even the lamp posts form a line leading to the lighthouse.

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I remember everything in detail about this photograph. This was composed in my mind long before it was actually captured. Because this is a road which I use very often. When

ever I use this road, it kept reminding me about my composition. So one fine day I was able to take the camera and a tripod along with me. Fortunately I was able to set up the camera in this busy traffic and the photograph came out much better than what I expected. What is so special about this photograph? There are few lines which takes over our attention.

  1. On the right top, the lines lead our eyes to towards the middle of the frame and stops in the middle of the photograph.  
  2. The light trials (red, white and orange), all of which takes us to the left side middle of the photograph. Then obviously, our vision is directed towards the outside. So there are two primary lines and then there is a third line which is the road end barrication. This also converges with the light trials. This photograph is a bit special to me.

Did you know?

Every Diagonal can be a Leading Line but every Leading Line need not be a Diagonal line.

To know more about different type of compositions used, stay tuned to our blogs.

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