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.
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.
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?