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Leading Lines

Leading lines are used to direct the viewer’s eye to the subject of the photograph. Leading lines commonly converge at the point of the subject, for example along a path or river. In the first image, the line leads from two edges directly toward the runner and the dog so the viewer automatically focuses on these subjects.

The next image uses a tree to create leading lines to Hilary.

The image below illustrates a more subtle use of leading lines, from the dog’s tail, back, leash and legs toward his eyes, which is the desired focal point of this image.
Now check out more leading lines in our pet photography blog ring , starting with Linda of DogShotz Photography serving the Indianapolis IN area. Keep going around the blog posts until you end up back here.

10 comments
  • ElaineJune 30, 2017 - 10:44 pm

    Love that third image.  Very expressive face on what I am assuming is a shelter pup. Leading lines are everywhere, aren’t they?  We just have to look for them.ReplyCancel

  • Kathie OnoJune 30, 2017 - 12:26 pm

    Great photos…ReplyCancel

  • DanyelJune 30, 2017 - 12:16 pm

    OMG that first dog is HUGE and adorable. I bet he/she is a complete teddy bear. Great blog.ReplyCancel

  • Linda PerdueJune 30, 2017 - 8:37 am

    The colors and detail on the second image are wonderful!ReplyCancel

    • CynthiaJune 30, 2017 - 8:51 am

      Thanks, Linda. I took him for a walk near the shelter yesterday and thought this could help him find a loving home.ReplyCancel

  • JessicaJune 30, 2017 - 7:00 am

    Ah, I like that you pointed out how the eyes can add to the leading lines of an image. I didn’t think to mention that, but it’s so effective!ReplyCancel

    • CynthiaJune 30, 2017 - 8:50 am

      Thanks, this week I was looking at everything as possible leading lines.ReplyCancel

  • KimJune 30, 2017 - 6:10 am

    I’d not thought of using a dog’s tail as a leading line. Good one!ReplyCancel

    • CynthiaJune 30, 2017 - 8:49 am

      It seems crazy but when I looked at the image, his tail led me right to his face. I shot this yesterday for the shelter.Thanks!
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