Composing Photos with Leading Lines

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Leading lines are one of those elegant elements of an effective composition that lots of photographers are eager to use. Leading lines direct the viewer’s attention through a photograph or toward an object of interest. But finding leading lines in nature is not always that easy… or is it?

With a bit of creativity, you can come up with all kinds of examples of leading lines in nature. The video below show how I have used a variety of elements in nature to create leading lines. These elements include:

  • Rivers
  • Trails
  • Erosion patterns on sandstone
  • Bubbles on the surface of water
  • The edge of a sand dune
  • Long lakes – with the help of a wide angle lens
  • The line between sand and water
  • Salt formations in the desert
  • Mud patterns on a canyon floor

Next time you are in need of a leading line, look around you and remember to think outside the box. You’ll start seeing leading lines that others might never notice.

Check out the following tutorials on Visual Wilderness:

  • Behind the Lens

  • Creating Impact

  • Creating Impact Vol-2


About Author Jay Patel

I could startoff like this – “Seeds of Jay Patel’s appreciation for beautiful places were planted early in his childhood….” but it would get boring really fast. I will just sum it up and say that I am a Landscape and Wilderness Photographer who loves to capture dramatic light. My photographs have been published in various magazines, calendars and advertising materials throughout the world.
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