2014 Challenge, Week 17: Composition – Leading Lines

For this week’s challenge, we will once again practice a composition technique. This time, we will be working on leading lines. Leading lines help lead your viewers into an image. They serve as connectors, joining elements in your photo together.

“City Center | Dubai, UAE” by Jason Mrachina


Lines can lead deep into the background of an image, or lead the viewer around and around the image.

“I Watch It Go Round And Round” by Jeremy Brooks

Don’t limit your search for leading lines to the built world. The natural world has  an abundance of subject matter that can be used.

“The Wave” by James Gordon

Another use of leading lines is to draw the viewer to the subject of the photo. Our eyes tend to follow the lines, and so are led into the frame and up the stairs, following in the footsteps of the gentleman in this image:

“Up” by Paško Tomić

These images are all good examples of leading lines. I encourage you to take a look at this article as well, which has further suggestions and additional images to illustrate the technique.

We all want to see your best shot! So, get out there and shoot, then share your favorite images with us on Google+Facebook, or Flickr. The photo should be something you made this week, for the challenge, not something from your archive.

Now get out there and have fun!

About Steve Troletti

I'm a Location Scout, Editorial, Nature, Wildlife and Environmental Photographer based in Malibu, California. I specialize in Nature and Urban Nature photography including Infrared Landscapes. The Bulk of my work takes place in the Los Angeles, California area, Greater Montreal Region, Canada, Switzerland, France and Varese in Northern Italy. Ethical wildlife photography is the main priority and focus of my work. A minimum disturbance of the animals, their habitat and the environment is my top priority. This applies as much to total wilderness areas as it does to urban nature environments. Ongoing education of environmental issues and building awareness for the protection of wildlife and wilderness areas around the world is what drives me to document the beauty that surrounds us.