Leading Lines

By Kathy Krant

An effective element of good photographic composition is the use of “leading lines” which draws the eye to a specific part of the frame or center of interest.  It might be a path, road or fence which winds through the frame to a vanishing point in the distance.  In nature it might be a shoreline, a river or row of trees leading you to your subject in the background.

First Place, Master
New York Subways on a Sunday by Gary Moore
Lining the Shore by Sandy Miller

Identify your strongest lines and consider how to enhance your image by creating depth and perspective positioning those lines from the foreground to the background.  Create a visual journey from one point in your image to another.  Position your image so the lines lead into the frame and never out of the frame.  Sometimes it’s as simple as moving yourself to change perspective and make your image more purposeful.

The Great Parking Divide by Donnie King


If you would like to learn more about the elements of composition or would like to join others who share a love of photography, the Cookeville Camera Club meets on the second Monday of each month, from 7 to 9pm at the First Presbyterian Church in Cookeville.  Guests are welcome.

Sunset Landing by Kathy Krant