Today's post was lots of fun to write, and it applies not just to parents, but to everyone who wants to take better pictures. The subject? Leading lines.
Leading lines are lines within a picture that naturally draw the viewer's eye to the subject. Leading lines are one of the major compositional tools photographers use.
Take for example this little snapshot of my toddler at a picnic area:
Leading lines can be either found in nature or found from the architecture of your setting, and are emphasized by strategic placement of your subject.
Here are a few pictures I snapped of my toddler in our neighborhood last week. They were snapped in the hour before bedtime, with my crazy toddler and my twins in the stroller, just around our house. But hey, if I can find leading lines without even trying, imagine how much easier it will be to find great leading lines when you have no other distractions and are purposefully focused on your goal.
The great news is that leading lines are everywhere. Everywhere! In the middle of nature, in the middle of a city, inside your own home.
Here are a few good places to find leading lines in your own neighborhood.
+ pathways and walkways
+ anything with multiple iterations in a row
+ shadows, clouds, or light bursts
Two examples of leading lines in rural settings:
And now I want to go out again, sans kids, for a fun leading lines shoot. Anyone want to come?
Does this help introduce leading lines?
I'd love to see your favorite leading lines pictures!