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Working the Lines in Your Photography

lines in photography

When considering the composition of an image one of the elements that I suggest digital camera owners look for are ‘Lines’.

The lines that can be found in images are very powerful elements that with a little practice can add dynamic impact to a photograph in terms of mood as well as how they lead an image’s viewer into a photo.

Over the next few posts I’ll consider four types of lines, ‘horizontal‘, ‘vertical‘, ‘diagonal‘ and ‘converging‘ lines. Each one has a different impact upon a photograph and should be looked for as you frame your shots.

Learning how to use lines in photography doesn’t just happen. It takes time and practice to become good at it.

A good way to practice is to go back through older images that you’ve taken and look for lines that worked well and those that didn’t.

Then next time you go out with your camera, before you frame your shot consciously ask yourself what lines are in front of you and how you might use them to add something to your next shot by working with them rather than against them.

Also ask yourself whether the lines form any interesting patterns that you might be able to accentuate to add a further layer of interest to the shot.

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Darren Rowse
Darren Rowse

is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals.

He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

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