Using Lines in Photographic Composition
Look for different types of lines in the composition (e.g. buildings, poles, the horizon, etc).
Different lines have different effects:
- Vertical lines emphasise strength, power and height.
- Horizontal lines emphasise width, stability and security.
- Diagonal lines have a more dramatic, dynamic effect than vertical and horizontal.
- Curved lines reflect nature, relaxation, sensuality, etc.
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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