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Basic guidelines for implied line photography
The general principles of photographic composition with lines demand drawing the eye of the viewer into the picture taken by the photographer. The use of lines is an effective compositional element in photography. Both the horizontal and vertical lines provide stronger leads to the way we view photographs with interest.

At times, the lines in your picture do not even need to be actually there, they could be the implied lines in the form of direction of movement of the eye. Implied lines can be created in many ways like implied diagonal to convey a dynamic composition. Even cropping a picture to a square with the position of objects along with the diagonal may create an interesting composition.

Another common way of creating an implied line is the line-of-sight technique, wherein a person or animal in the picture has a very clear fix on someone or something in the picture. Even a feature in the scene such as fence, railway track, rivers, poles or a row of trees or other objects that point out into the subject of the photograph can be included to compose the scene. This form of implied line is common in landscape and seascape photography.

Implied lines can take many forms. Mostly they are imaginary, but create a way for the viewer to be lead into or around the picture by the implication of a line. You can be creative by using discontinuous objects that together create a line. For example, footsteps or stones on a beach can be exploited to take interesting pictures.

In short, any regular pattern which tends to follow a path but which may be discontinuous can create an implied line. For instance, the footsteps on a beach in a shot will make the eye follow them. Whatever you do, be aware that implied line can still convey a strong compositional impact.

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