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.
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.
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