Leading lines: powerful tools for your iPhone photography compositions

By , Jun 1, 2013

iPhone Photography Series

In the past we have talked about ways to capture our viewer’s attention and imagination in our photographs. We’ve talked about compositional rules, focus effects and exposure techniques. One thing we haven’t talked about is “leading lines”. If your goal is to draw our viewer into your image, there’s no better way to do it than by providing them a path to follow.

A “leading line” is just that. It is line that leads the viewer’s eye from one point in the photograph to another. The age old classic is railroad tracks. Sure, it’s a bit cliche but it’s a perfect example of the concept…

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Beyond the cliche, there are all sorts of examples of this concept. You’ll be amazed at what you find when you start looking around for them. In the following two examples, I was able to find them walking through Denver (Capitol) and on the golf course (the fence). Other examples you’ll find are railings, fence lines, roads, trails, etc…

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Leading lines are great for capturing your viewer’s attention but the real strength lies in their ability to lead your viewer to the subject of your image. In this example, my subject is Chris Nitz, a gifted toy photographer. I used the towering canyon above him to direct the viewer’s eye.

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Assignment

Now that we know what Leading Lines are and how to effectively use them in our photographs, let’s do it. Tag your photos with #iDBLeadingLines and share them on Instagram and I’ll select a few of my favorites in my next iPhone photography post. Speaking of next time, I’ll be sharing a few new darkroom tips with you.

Close up on some of your work

Here are a few of my favorites pictures of yours that were tagged with the #iDBLandscape hashtag on Instagram:


Photo by @suitjackets

Photo by @b0sc0

Photo by @andykan

I wanted to take a second to let you know about a new mobile photography community I launched on Facebook. It is dedicated to sharing mobile photography tips, tricks and news. We also have a monthly photo contest for cool prizes, so give it a like and share some inspiration with us!

Justin Balog is an award winning photographer and film maker. You can follow is daily creative adventures at HOSSedia.com or learn more about iPhone Photography in his iBook ‘Big World Little Lens‘. Click Here for the iPad Version. You can buy the PDF version of the eBook here. To find out more about Justin, follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

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  • Malan Raja

    Wow! Im probably never gonna have the skill to take awesome pics like these but appreciate the iPhone photography articles!

    • http://www.idownloadblog.com Sebastien

      You would be amazed what pictures you can take sometimes. Every once in a while (rarely), I take one of those amazing shots that boosts up my ego for a while. The great thing with photography is that you don’t have to be good to take good photos :)

  • http://twitter.com/andykan Andy Kan

    Thanks for featuring me landscape photo here! I always thought I would never been able to take awesome photos.. Thanks to your iPhone photography tips. :)

  • Bosco

    Thanks for the shout out iDB! Loving the iPhone photography posts.