How To Use Leading Lines For Better Compositions

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by RT_Panther, Jul 17, 2013.

  1. Poki

    Poki TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 30, 2011
    Don't take any rule too serious. Did you ever read a photography book? The first chapters are always rule of thirds, leading lines, natural framing, ...

    Of course you have to know these rules, and sometimes they can help giving you a better composition. But seriously, you will only be able to shoot great pictures if you trust your intuition.
  2. ChangshaNotes

    ChangshaNotes Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Aug 15, 2012
    I tend to view it like learning a sport.

    Learn the fundamentals until they are second nature, then play free and break them.
  3. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther TalkEmount Veteran

    Aug 9, 2011
    I don't take it as rude at all :smile:
    That being said, the intent of this post was to have a break-away from the myriad of gear posts that dominate most forums :smile:
  4. Jefenator

    Jefenator TalkEmount Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Nov 23, 2012
    Oregon, USA
    So that's what they call those things! ;) 
  5. Poki

    Poki TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 30, 2011
    The thing is it's much easier to argue about gear. Because when you start arguing about other things, I will come and say they are not important. ;) 
  6. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    They are great as a rule for 90% of the images you take. But sometimes, the rules just don't work.
  7. Bimjo

    Bimjo Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Oct 28, 2011
    Washington State
    For most people it is important to know the "rules" before you can successfully break them to produce an acceptable result. Otherwise they produce pics with no discernible subject or focus. And we've all seen a ton of those from beginner/casual photographers. ;) 
  8. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther TalkEmount Veteran

    Aug 9, 2011
    I think that we sometimes overestimate the knowledge of beginners.
    Case in point, last night, I went to one my local group's monthly meeting. A person was asking some of the most basic questions about DOF...Thankfully, no one mocked this person and rather helped generally increasing their base photographic knowledge set :smile:
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