Leading Lines for Beginner Photographers

Take Your Photography Skills to the Next Level

Taking photos isn’t just pressing the shutter. At the Camera Crush, we want to teach intentional photography: photography where you frame a shot and set your settings for a specific reason. There are many ways to create an image that looks like it was created with a purpose!

Use the Concept of Leading Lines to Improve Your Photography

One way for beginners to improve their level of photography just one step is by practicing taking photos of leading lines. Leading lines are like imaginary “lines” in the composition of a photo that are positioned so that they draw attention to a certain part of the image, or draw attention to the subject.

How Beginners Can Use Leading Lines in Photos

To take a photo with leading lines, you can practice by looking at any scene and thinking of different perspectives of seeing the scene. It could be as simple as a tabletop, a wall, road, ceiling, sky, path, tree, or any element that could create a “line” in your image.

Position yourself in a way so that what you see in your viewfinder seems interesting, and in a way where it’s almost like you could draw a continuous path in your composition from your camera to the the subject.

Change your aperture, shutter speed, and ISO to get the exposure and depth of field that you want. If you’re not sure, experiment with different apertures, and different focal lengths.

Leading lines in the gravel path, the barn building, and the driving range, all leading your eye to the building in the center of the image.

Leading lines in the gravel path, the barn building, and the driving range, all leading your eye to the building in the center of the image.

Zumwalt Prairie in Oregon: leading lines in the road and fences.

Zumwalt Prairie in Oregon: leading lines in the road and fences.

Leading lines are visible via the building siding, and the fence, to draw attention to the couple looking at the ring on the finger. Photo by one of our Camera Crush guides, Ling of  Trailing Twine Photography

Leading lines are visible via the building siding, and the fence, to draw attention to the couple looking at the ring on the finger. Photo by one of our Camera Crush guides, Ling of Trailing Twine Photography

Leading lines in the sunrays, fences, and gravel road.

Leading lines in the sunrays, fences, and gravel road.

Leading lines in the brick wall and the stairs and railing.

Leading lines in the brick wall and the stairs and railing.

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