Every photographer knows composition is a key element of a great picture. How can you enhance the composition of your photos? Include lines.
Lines are extremely powerful. They add a dynamic feeling to the photos that helps the viewer understand what’s important. They are also a great way to tell a story through photography.
There are four types of lines: horizontal, vertical, diagonal and converging lines.
The first two are rather obvious, and they are mainly used to split your picture and frame the subject.
The horizon, for example, is a horizontal line of extreme importance in landscape photography. It splits the photos in two: the sky and the land or water.
An example of vertical lines are buildings in urban photography. They can help you frame your subjects, and attract attention to them.
Diagonal lines can also split your pictures but in an unnatural way. There’s nothing wrong with them, but unlike vertical or horizontal lines, your brain feels uncomfortable with diagonal lines. That’s why they are so useful. You can use diagonal lines to disrupt your photos and make them more interesting.
Converging lines have a dynamic effect on your pictures. Think of the coastline in a picture of the sea or a road in a picture of a countryside. The viewer’s eyes are guided by the converging lines to a certain point.
What’s at the end of converging lines? That’s up to you. If you place your subject at the exact point where a diagonal line and the horizon meet, you’ll have an amazing shot.
Lines can help you make your photos more attractive and dynamic. So next time you’re shooting with your camera, remember to look for lines and patterns that can drive the viewer’s attention and add a new layer of interest to your pictures.
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