Leading Lines

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Sooner or later everyone learns the “rules” and “guidelines” of composition. Leading lines are one of the more popular pointers to good composition. Certainly with this photograph one could talk about leading lines but if you have to think about it your dragonfly would be long gone. These types of guidelines are understood over time and need to become second nature; the time to re-frame is not always there. I think spending time looking at classical art and figuring out the compositional elements is a worthwhile way to help learn photographic composition.

2 responses

  1. mk

    Speaking of composition … I was in a bookstore yesterday afternoon, and took a few minutes to leaf through a HUGE book with text and photographs of Henri Cartier-Bresson. At $85, I put it back. But not before reading that Henri studied geometry with someone (can’t remember the name) and from that time forward his images were changed. He would find a background that had interesting lines or texture, and then wait patiently for a person to walk through his scene. You can really see it in the sample photos.

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    December 22, 2014 at 9:40 am

    • And it’s a very interesting thing to try. There is a wall near where I live which I have used as background for passers by. Always great to read up on the greats!

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      December 22, 2014 at 9:58 am

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