Shoot Like A Pro (part 2)

Leading Lines

James Halliday


Photo by Gil Ribeiro — Unsplash

As a photographer or artist, you want your images to captivate your audience, draw them in, and leave them feeling moved. This is the art of composition.

The beauty of composition is that it applies to any form of visual art, but we are concerned about photography. So, we’re talking about using cameras.

The rules of composition rules apply to any camera. It could be a phone camera, a pinhole camera, a professional DSLR or an expensive plate camera used by landscape photographers.

And I know, as we discussed previously, that there aren’t any rules in art; they’re merely guidelines.

However, for the sake of simplicity, I’ll call them the rules of composition.

If you can nail composition, you’ve covered the fundamental aspects of photography.

Sure, there are other things too; exposure, shutter speed, aperture, and other technical elements, but they come second to composition. In my opinion, of course.

Last time we discussed the rule of thirds and how you place the subject(s) in your frame.

Today we’re going to look at a composition technique called Leading Lines. This is one of the most powerful techniques to direct your viewer’s attention and create a sense of depth and…



James Halliday

Project manager in live television, background in engineering and logistics. Biker, vegan, dad to two tiny terrors. Love travel, food, walking and photography