Using Lines in Photographic Composition

Using Lines

Look for different types of lines in the composition (e.g. buildings, poles, the horizon, etc).

Different lines have different effects:

Lines can be used to direct the viewer's interest, emphasize parts of the frame, and generally create interesting effects.

Note that lines do not have to be artificial or even particularly obvious. In the example on the lower right, the man's arms create a diagonal flow from the bottom right to the upper left of the frame.

 


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