Better Landscape Photos With One Simple Trick
Landscape photography is probably the most popular genre, and for good reason. There is no lack of subject matter. It’s generally easy to access. And it’s fun to explore the world in which we live and document it with our cameras.
Of course, every photographer wants to improve his or her work, and landscape photographers are no exception. Though there is a seemingly endless array of tips and tricks that you can use to improve your landscape photos, there is one that stands out as being highly impactful, yet really simple to implement: leading lines.
Let’s explore a few reasons why leading lines are such a great addition to your landscape photos.
The short answer is that lines draw viewers deeper into the image. Think of lines as a little visual highway that directs people’s eyes through the shot. Lines help the eye explore the photo from foreground to middle ground to background, giving viewers a better understanding of how each area of the photograph relates to the others. What’s more, leading lines can also help give greater balance and flow to your images. In some cases, lines can even confine the viewer’s eye, helping to direct their attention toward the primary subject, much like the fences direct your eye toward the sunset in the image above.
When we think of lines in landscape photography, what comes to mind first is likely a straight stretch of road, a trail, a fence line, and other features that stretch into the distance in a relatively straight fashion. And though straight lines are certainly a powerful variant of leading lines, they aren’t the only option.
If the perspective is right and there is a good enough view into the distance, lines can be of the converging variety, which appear to get closer together as they fade into the distance. Railroad tracks are an ideal example of this. And even though the lines are perfectly parallel and straight, the visual impression is that they converge, which gives more interest to the shot.