Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Day two challenge: Shooting leading lines, part of 5-Day Photo Challenge: Composition.
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- Welcome to the five day photo composition challenge, day two. Yesterday I sent you out in search of good light, and you're going to do that through the rest of these days. That's always at the bottom of your photographic process, you start with the light. But today I'm going to add a photographic tool, compositional tool into the mix. I want you to go look for leading lines. There are a lot of different ways that lines are created in the world. Objects create lines, shadows create lines. Differences between light and dark. Lots of different ways that graphical lines get created in a frame.
You can use those lines to guide the viewer's eye. Composition is of course the process of building and ordering your frame so that the viewer's eye knows where to go. Leading lines can point them in a direction. So that's it, I want you to find some nice photographs today that have lines, leading lines that the composition is built around. They should guide the eye into the frame to the subject and help the viewer understand how to read the photograph. I'm going to give you one hint, which is that this is an exercise that's really going to test your understanding of focal length and camera position and the effects that those two parameters have on the geometry in your scene.
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