Photography Composition Using Leading Lines

What Is The Leading Lines Composition Rule?

Leading lines is one of the simplest but powerful photography technique used to create meaningful compositions, drawing viewers into your picture or towards the subject you would like to highlight.

Taking advantage of leading lines is a great way to keep viewers from wandering because the human brain is hardwired to naturally follow lines. With these lines, you can easily create a wow-factor to your photos, leaving a strong impression on your viewers. 

Well, leading lines typically start at the bottom of a frame and will run upwards and inwards, connecting the foreground to the background. They can help tell a story, draw a connection between two objects, and place emphasis.

What’s more, the lines can also impact the photo’s real sense of emotion. They come in different types: horizontal, vertical, diagonal, curved, converging, and implied lines. Each can be used to convey different moods and emotions.

How to Apply the Leading Lines Rule in Photography Composition

Identifying leading lines

First off, you need to learn how to spot the leading lines. It’s a fairly simple step since this type of photography composition element can be found about everywhere in the natural and man-made settings.

Some of the common examples of leading lines include roads, paths, boardwalks, pavements, walls, fences, hedges, rails, rivers, bridges, shorelines, cliffs, buildings, trees, and lamp posts.

The main challenge for most photographers is to remember to look for the leading lines. But once you develop the habit of spotting them, incorporating them intelligently in your photographs to guide the viewers’ eyes towards something becomes a lot easier.

Use leading lines to enhance your photography

There are several ways you can use leading lines to enhance your photography composition. Well, let’s find out below.

• Create a sense of depth and perspective

Once you’ve identified a strong leading line, you can position it in a way that a connection originates from the foreground to the background of the scene. 

For example, leading lines on road scenes can add depth as well as dimensionality to your photography composition, enhancing the effectiveness of drawing viewers.

• Lead the viewer to key points of interest

You can achieve this simply by placing the main subject at a point where lines converge. However, pay attention to the starting point of the lines in your composition. Otherwise, viewers might be led out of the scene. 

Lines can emerge from the corners. Or as mentioned earlier, you can arrange them to emanate from the bottom of the frame, leading to the elements in the photo. 

• Create exciting cyclical compositions

The aim is to lead your viewer’s eyes in a circular motion around the frame without letting them out of it. A good example is taking a shot up a spiral staircase or a meandering river. However, you should avoid featuring strong horizontal lines because they can interrupt the visual flow, and lead eyes out of the frame.

• Create a visual journey

Leading lines can also be used to give viewers direction from one part of your photo to another.

Creativity is the key to getting the most of photography composition leading lines. If used correctly, it can help grab viewers attention and have them explore your photograph.

Blogging – Software Tools I Use

Blogging Tools for Writing and Publishing
Blogging Tools for Writing and Publishing

I thought it might be useful to put a shortlist of the tools that I use to create an update my blogs. I don’t use anything spectacular just the basics, but here’s a quick inventory of the tools I use and what I use them for.

Writing and Composition

Microsoft Word

I use Microsoft Word for my blog editing and basic blog formatting, mostly because I own it.  Also, it does have some convenient features such as being able to push my blogs out to a PDF and the fact that Grammarly integrates nicely with it. I don’t use the published directly feature, but I have used it in the past.

WordPress Editor

Wordpress
WordPress

I do use the WordPress editors to finalize my posts and sometimes from the iPhone app to create initial drafts when the inspiration hits me. Truthfully, of the two web-based editors, I still use the old format.  I have found the new WordPress editor to be a little clumsy for me, but perhaps that is because I learned the old one first.

Proofing and Editing

For proofing and editing, I use Grammarly, for the most part, but I also use the grammar and spellcheck capabilities of Microsoft Word.

KompoZer HTML WYSIWYG

I use KompoZer mostly to edit my tables and paste them into the text tab to ensure they display correctly on my sites. I have used KompoZer for other uses, but tables are how I use KompoZer most the time. I found that some of the other tools don’t translate quite the way I expected them to.

Photography and Photo Editing

For photography and photo editing, I used several tools, which include paint.net, my iPhone camera, and my digital camera.

Paint.net

Currently, for my photo editing, I’m using Paint.net, it’s fairly basic but it gets what I need to do done. I have you used other tools, but the types of editing I do to support my blogs doesn’t require an expensive fancy tool.

iPhone Camera

I use my iPhone camera mostly to take pictures and, usually, because I have my iPhone on me as a necessity of my day job even on weekends.  And to tell the truth, the camera on my phone not bad at all.

Digital Camera

I use my digital camera, mostly to support my iPhone when I have a planned outing to some local venue or a planned trip and I’ve thought ahead and put it packed my camera. Also, I use my digital camera when I want to ensure stability and I want to mount it on my tripod or I happen to have some free time and I’m feeling creative and I want to use a photo box and take some special shots.

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The First Rule of Photograph

The First Rule of Photograph

The first rule of photography is that “Any picture Worth taking, is work taking more than one picture of.”

Why should you take more than one picture?

There are many very good reasons, but here are a few which come to mind immediately:

  • The first picture may be the quality you expected—blurry or darker than wanted, etc.,
  • The picture you thought you wanted, may not be the one you end up using,
  • By varying your position on the target of your photography, may provide you with pictures, which may be useful for other reasons,
  • If like me you are not the best photographer on earth, carefully and thoughtfully taking more pictures, can be more forgiving than risking everything one photograph,
  • And in an age of digital photography why not? Once you get back to the office or home, you can put them up on the computer and then decide, which to keep for future use.

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Blogging – What is a Pinnable Blog Picture?

What is a Pinnable Blog Picture
What is a Pinnable Blog Picture

Whether you are just starting with blogging or have been doing it for years, you must know by know that images are critical elements of your posts. Online we are focused on visuals. The text comes second. How can this simple insight help you to drive more traffic to your blog? Just by filling it up with loads of cat pictures?

Well, not quite. The magic word is Pinterest.

But how can a scrapbook page for girls planning their perfect wedding and grandmas who love flower arrangements help you to increase your monthly amount of visitors?

We will show you!

How pinnable images can help you to drive traffic to your blog

First of all, you need to have excellent content that gives value to your reader. Without that, nobody will stick around. Even the best Pinterest viral campaign won’t bring you anything more than a one time visitors.

Having said that, once your content is fantastic and you have a pinned image going viral, then prepare yourself for some interesting times ahead!

Because of the nature of the platform, images on Pinterest are really ‘spreadable’; when people like an image on Pinterest, they are eager to share it. In fact, a pin is 100 times more spreadable than an average tweet! Also, the lifespan of a pin is quite long: Around one week. Compare that with content on Twitter (24 minutes) or Facebook (90 minutes).

The trick is to have a really good image on your blog and make this pinnable, which means that it can be found and shared on Pinterest.

We will give some good tips on what kind of creative content works well on Pinterest.

What is a good image for Pinterest?

And image which works well on Pinterest should be of the right size, because 80% of pinners view feeds on a mobile device, tall images work well. Try to go for an aspect ratio of 2:3 of 4:5.

Pro tip: A very long image takes more space on Pinterest, and is, therefore, harder to ignore.

Other than the right size, try also to incorporate the following aspects in your picture:

  • Avoid faces. Focus on things.
  • Use fresh and vibrant colors.
  • Give your images a colorful background with context related to the subject.
  • Try to put some red in your pictures. Red appears to increase the change on repins!

Depending on your graphic design skills, you can make all your Pinterest content yourself. You can use photography and photo editing software to develop the content.

If you are not so tech savvy, then there are loads of easy to use apps which can help you in creating amazing Pinterest pictures. You can also ask you creative cousin or a graphic design hero to help you out.

It is good to realize that you need to have a potential market on Pinterest for this method to succeed. If none of your target audience uses the platform, then it will be hard to gain traction. However, if you see that your subject is already represented there, then you have enormous opportunities for growing your traffic!

So go ahead: create killer content on your blog, add a beautiful image and make it Pinnable. With enough dedication and hard work, you will see your traffic increasing.