~previously American Girl Imagination

~previously American Girl Imagination~

Friday, December 5, 2014

Doll Photography Tips: Leading Lines.

Using leading lines in your photography can help create a more interesting image for your viewer. But what is a leading line? 
A leading line is, more or less, a line that lead's the viewer's eyes to your subject. It doesn't have to be a perfectly straight line like a stick or an arrow, but can be more abstract things, like I'm about to show you. 

 Take this picture of Emily from an upcoming photoshoot. This one's a little hazy, but the fence leads your eyes to the subject, Emily.
 This one is a little easier to spot. The shadows from her legs lead you to the subject, Mia.
 The drop that the girl in black is holding leads to the girl and white, and vice verus.
 The scarf draped around her shoulders is coming out in front of her and is a loose line that leads back to the subject, making the the image much more interesting than her just standing there.

 This one is a little more direct... The strings from the hammock lead to Kanani.
 The log that Mia's stepping over is a leading line, it leads you to the subject.
As well as this one. Kanani is clinging to the branch, the leading line, that leads you to the subject, Kanani. 

I don't really hear leading lines discusssed all the often, but they're really useful in the composition of your image, which we'll be talking about next time. 
So go out and shoot, with your camera of course, and try using leading lines to make your photography more interesting... because yes, Headshots with bokeh in the background are beatiful: 
But can get a little tiresome after years of seeing them. 
I'd love to see your work! Feel free to comment a link to some of your photography below. 


  1. Hmm.. I never knew they were called that! I haven't really been successfully able to do shadow shots. Any tips?

  2. ooh, wonderful idea :) I've never thought about it like that. Good thinking :)

  3. Great idea. I've never heard of leading lines, but your explanation of them was really great. Love reading these photography tips. =)

  4. You can check out my photography here:

  5. Great explanation - the photos help define leading lines perfectly. Thank you.


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