WPC: Lines

WPC: Lines

This week The Daily Posts challenges us to capture Lines in our photograph, straight, curvy, vertical, horizontal, hard or soft.

Below see how I apply Lines to my Landscape Photography.

What Do Lines Do In Photography?

When capturing an image there are many techniques a photographer can use to improve the image they wish to capture. One of the main techniques to use is to use leading lines.

Leading lines as they suggest can be used to lead the viewer to an area of the image the photographer wants the viewers eyes to get to.

We use many types of lines as leading lines, for example, a wall, a road or path, a band of light, a river or a railway line just to name a few.

The lines do not need to be straight, they can be curved or run through the image at an angle.

Curved lines and angled lines help to create more dynamic tension of the viewer as they move the viewers eye a bit more and curved lines in particular appeal more to the eye.


When you have found leading lines in your image try to get a composition the places your subject at the end of these lines so that the viewer is drawn straight to the subject and is in no doubt what the main subject in the image is.

Sometimes this is easier said than done and you may end up just using lines to lead you out to the horizon to an obvious subject, as shown below.

WPC: Lines


In this image I use the ‘S’ curve of the stream to lead the viewer out to the horizon and beautiful colours of the sunset.

Merging Lines

See an example below of an image using the walkway as the leading line to the Milkyway.

Finlaggan and the Milky Way

In this image the walkway leads you out to the Milkyway with additional techniques used to help the hand rails stand out a bit more by using the moonlight and post editing to light the rails. The walkway merges in the distance which creates an implied triangle which creates speed so the viewer finds the subject a bit quicker.


Vanishing Lines

There are times when the lines in your image vanish, however if you have a strong subject in the distance the momentum of the viewers eyes will carry on to the subject, as shown below.

The American Monument, Islay

In this image the viewer is led out by the ‘S’ curves over a long distance before vanishing but the viewer in their mind continues this line to the obvious subject in the distance.

Implied Lines

Implied lines are not lines such as those that are obvious as mentioned earlier but lines that the viewer sees in their own minds eye so to speak. A picture paints a thousand words as they say, see below for an example.

Storm Wave at Bellochantuy

In this image I captured the motion of the tide to create implied lines to lead the viewer to the rock and crashing wave. Again in this image I have brightened the implied lines so that they stand out strongly and are then leading the eye out to the subject.

Wrap Up

So there you have it, a quick insight as to how I use lines in my Landscape Photography. For more hints and tips etc or to keep up to date with my Photography hit the ‘Follow’ button or sign up for email alerts below or use any of the social media icons to follow me there.

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