Composition Series - Leading Lines

Welcome to the Composition Series!

This is our second week of the three-part blog post series explaining the concept of "leading lines." In the final week of the blog series, we'll also cover the use of "foreground." But before we jump right in to leading lines, let's go over again what the word "composition" actually means if you missed last week's post.  If you missed it, you can find it here.  

"Composition" simply means how the elements are arranged in a photo.  There are many different rules and theories in photography composition, and some of them can be very technical.  But here on the Kindred blog, we want to introduce 3 simple concepts that will bring your lifeless images to life.

This week we'll focus on "leading lines."  When you are taking photos, be aware of the lines around you. Lines can create different moods for the viewer.  For example, horizontal lines create a peaceful and calming effect.  Vertical lines create a more dramatic, powerful effect.

Leading lines help guide the viewer's eye to the subject you are photographing.  These lines usually start at the bottom and lead up and inward to where the subject is.  

Leading lines can also start on the sides or top, and can be such things as fences, buildings, roads, and streams. 

One important thing to remember is leading lines don't necessarily need to be straight!

We hope this series has been helpful so far in creating more visual interest in your images.  We always love seeing our past attendees and follower's work. Send your examples of leading lines to us at and be featured on our Instagram!

With Love,

Angela + Kacey