COMPOSITION TIP: Learn about “leading lines” when taking scenery photos:

Photo by Gil Ribeiro on Unsplash

Leading lines is a point of composition that is also very important. We have talked about the “rule of thirds” in a previous blog, but, there are other ways to get great composition. “Leading Lines” is defined as:

Leading lines are lines that appear in a photograph that have been framed and positioned by the photographer to draw the viewer’s eye towards a specific point of interest. These lines often draw the viewer’s eye in a specific direction or towards a designated portion of the photograph.

Looking at the photo above, you can see several leading lines. It’s interesting when you show a photo like this to someone, they follow those lines to see what is at the end of the line. So, in a scenery photo, look how beautiful it can be:

Photo by Paul Carmona on Unsplash

See how your eyes follow the pier back to an amazing sunset. It also tends to make your eyes wander around the whole picture to see what else there might be to enjoy. Look for leading lines as you are out in the scenery around you.

See how the road leads your eyes back into the picture. —— Photo by Lanny Cottrell – author of Smartphone -Smart Photographer

There are many different types of leading lines to look for. Here is a few photos that have great leading lines. Learn to see them, and you can have a lot of fun with these. Perhaps, even win a few photo contests, who knows.

Photo by Lanny Cottrell, taken with a cell phone. Samsung Note
Photo taken by Lanny Cottrell – author of Smartphone – Smart Photographer
Night photo taken with Samsung Note 20 Plus 5G


Leading lines are all around you. The sidewalk, a trail in the forest, a train track, the road you drive. Can you find a point where you could take a photo with leading lines? Try it!

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