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I love using leading lines in my photos. They serve to lead the viewer through the image and can help add impact as well. I try hard to simplify my images – and leading lines can help with that. When I look for a shot on a beach, I’m looking for a path of rocks, the lines in the shifting waves, or patterns in the sand.

Point Lobos State Park - California, USA

The goal with leading lines is to make sure they lead you through the image, or toward the primary point of interest. Leading lines that drop you off the edge of the photo aren’t very effective.

Bentonite Hills - Utah, USA

Try to imagine photographing these locations without leading lines. Do you think that the images would be as effective? Do leading lines improve the photograph?

About Author Varina Patel

There is nothing more remarkable to me than the power of nature. It is both cataclysmic and subtle. Slow and continuous erosion by water and wind can create landscapes every bit as astonishing as those shaped by catastrophic events – and minuscule details can be as breathtaking as grand vistas that stretch from one horizon to the other. Nature is incredibly diverse. Burning desert sands and mossy riverbanks… Brilliant sunbeams and fading alpenglow… Silent snowfall and raging summer storms… Each offers a unique opportunity. I am irresistibly drawn to the challenge of finding my next photograph, and mastering the skills required to capture it effectively.