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Why You Should Use Lead in Lines

Discover the importance of lines when shooting photos!

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What are lead in lines?

Lead in lines are a geometrical pattern (lines) that draw the eye into a picture. These are extremely important especially when shooting architecture.

When to use lead in lines.

Simply put, anything can have lead in lines. Whether it be bridges, water, a trail, or architecture, lead in lines usually will have the same effect.

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Why is this important?

Lead in lines help draw the eye into the picture. Staring at a picture that doesn't have these lines can appear very bland.

It is much more intriguing when a photograph seems to have depth. A great photo does not just show a scene, it leads our eyes around it looking for new things.

Lead in lines, similar to a road, will draw your eyes through the scene to a distant focal point.

Here are some great examples of lead in lines:

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“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”
– Elliott Erwitt

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