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30+ Impactful Leading Lines Photos

Leading lines in photography are a creative technique used by photographers to draw viewers in and lead the eye in a desired direction. These lines can be created with different elements such as roads, rivers, shorelines or anything else in the scene that leads the viewer's eye into the subject. By introducing strong lines, photographers can increase focus on particular aspects of an image, creating an effective and striking composition. Additionally, leading lines can draw attention towards small details within a picture which would otherwise be overlooked and create natural frames around scenes. Despite its effectiveness, using leading lines is challenging as they need to flow smoothly throughout the photo without being too overwhelming or detracting from other aspects within the shot.  In this article, we'll showcase 30+ impactful leading lines photos from our group of award winning photographers.

5 Favorite Photos Submitted

Here are the top 5 photos submitted to our leading lines challenge in our awards.

leading lines jason vinson honeycomb structure
Photo by Jason Vinson (Website | Wedding Maps Profile)
leading lines jos tree

Photo by Jos and Tree (Website | Wedding Maps Profile)

leading lines photo kevin holding

Photo by Holding and Co (Website | Wedding Maps Profile)

leading lines cork factory smj photography

Photo by SMJ Photography (Website | Wedding Maps Profile)

leading lines engagement national mall natasha lamalle

Photo by Natasha Lamalle (Website | Wedding Maps Profile)

All Images From the Collection

Below is the rest of the selections from leading lines challenge in our awards.

beardedpeaks@gmail.comPhoto by Peaks and Vows (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Yosemite National Park in California

hello@larsenphoto.coPhoto by Larsen Photo Co (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Gunnison National Forest in Crested Butte, CO

info@vinsonimages.comPhoto by Jason Vinson (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at modern ART MEUSEUM in Saint Louise, Missouri

afonsogodinhosantosphotography@gmail.comPhoto by Afonso Godinho (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Douro, Portugal

belinda@belindaphilleo.comPhoto by Belinda Philleo (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Maria Regina Catholic Church in Los Angeles, CA

Bridgetqphotography@gmail.comPhoto by BridgetQ Photography (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Galilee Beach Club in Naragansett, RI

leading lines photography lin jirsa

Photo by Lin and Jirsa (Website | Wedding Maps Profile)

courtland@courtlandphotography.comPhoto by Courtland Photography (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Evergreen, Colorado

dan@dansauerphotography.comPhoto by Dan Sauer (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Uffizzi in Florence, Italy

hello@irinaduanephotography.comPhoto by Irina Duane (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Cork City Gaolin Cork, Ireland

hello@josandtree.comPhoto by Jos and Tree (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Stable Cafe in San Francisco, California

hello@letsmakeamemory.comPhoto by Lets Make a Memory (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, CA

info@jessieanddallin.comPhoto by Jessie and Dallin (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Wadley Farms in Lindon, UT

info@onelovetexas.comPhoto by One Love Texas (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Keller, Texas

info@pollok-pictures.dePhoto by Andreas Pollok (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Kaiserslautern Bundesgartenschau in Kaiserslautern, Germany

info@pollok-pictures.dePhoto by Andreas Pollok (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) in Bayern, Germany

kristin@cheatwoodphoto.comPhoto by Kristin Cheatwood (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) in Hancock, NY

kristin@cheatwoodphoto.comPhoto by Kristin Cheatwood (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Trail Creek Cabin in Sun Valley, Idaho

lrcabello@gmail.comPhoto by Creando Fotos (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Novo Hotel in Monterrey, Mexico

luzye@luzye.comPhoto by Luzye Photography (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church in Costa Mesa, California

marissa@marissajoyphotography.comPhoto by Marissa Joy (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Beltane Ranch in Glen Allen, CA

mauricio.urena@photobymaug.comPhoto by Mauricio Urena (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Convento Santa Clara in Antigua, Guatemala

natasha.lamalle@gmail.comPhoto by Natasha Lamalle (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Meridian Park in Washington DC

scott@smjphotography.netPhoto by SMJ Photography (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Excelsior in Lancaster, PA

zack@zackbradleyphotography.comPhoto by Zack Bradley (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Avenue in Greenville, SC

Leading lines in photography are a powerful composition element, helping to draw a viewer's eye toward a subject. Most scenes contain all types of lines, such as diagonals, curves, and S-curves to lead the eye along an established path. Lines presented in an image can be found in natural outdoor settings or they can be man-made structures like roads and fences. Leading lines will also vary in width and color depending on the photographer's intent behind using them. When used correctly, leading lines help the viewer to focus on the main subject of an image while still allowing them to explore other details outside of its focal point.

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