What makes a photo catch our eye?
We've already talked about one "rule" of composition, which is The Rule of Thirds. The Rule of Thirds doesn't apply to every photo we take. Remember, composition "rules" are really just guidelines. Once you understand them, it can be fun to break them. On the other hand, there's a reason why the guidelines exist – they often help us take photos which are more pleasing to the eye.
We all like to take photos with a "wow factor" at least some of the time, right?
Another way to do this is to use leading lines when composing our photos. A leading line is a line which leads the eye in a manner the photographer wishes. Sometimes leading lines are used in conjunction with The Rule of Thirds, but not always.
Leading lines can be straight, diagonal, or curved (like a C or an S).
Here's an example of a photo with leading lines:
Here's an example of a photo with a C-curve used as a leading line:
Here's an example of a diagonal leading line:
Sometimes you can create a diagonal just by tilting your camera. As simple as it seems, it can make for a much more interesting photo.
There seems to be a trend lately of people really over-doing this. Photographing with your camera at an angle isn't the wonder-all some people seem to think it is. Tilting your camera to give you a diagonal leading line doesn't turn a bad photo into a good one. Keep that in mind and try not to overuse this technique.
Here's an example of a photo with an S-curve as a leading line:
You might have noticed using a diagonal, a C-curve, or an S-curve is more effective when the leading line begins in the corner of your frame.
I hope you will try incorporating leading lines into your photos if you aren't already doing so. I'd love for you to share some examples of your photos with me over the next week. You can do so by uploading your photos to the Twenty Four's Shutterbugs Flickr group.
Good luck practicing with your cameras this weekend!
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