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Use lead in lines for stronger photo compositions
April 30, 2009

Dear Stay Focussed reader!

Welcome to the newsletter.

I hope this finds you well.

It's April showers for us here at the moment. After a few warm sunny days I was hoping summer was finally here. But things have turned and the heavens have opened again.

Without too many opportunities to get out and about with a camera at present my mind has turned to photographic techniques. And a useful, but often overlooked, technique has sprung to mind - lead in lines.

Lead in lines are geometric lines that are positioned, usually along the bottom of a scene, and lead the viewers' eyes to the main subject of the picture.

They are used a lot in landscapes, and can be features such as streams, walls, a line of rocks . . . anything that directs (or leads) viewers' attention.

Take a look at the photos below. When I took this I deliberately took two photos - one with lead in lines, and one without, to demonstrate the impact they have.

Sydney opera house

Sydney opera house with lead in lines

My tip for you is to seek out these lead in lines when you are next out and about taking photos.

And if you get a photo that you would like to share, there's info here on how to submit photos to the site.


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