Creating Interesting Landscape Photos Without Leading Lines

Leading lines are one of the most powerful compositional tools at a landscape photographer's disposal, allowing you to easily capture the viewer's eye and guide it through the image. Nonetheless, they are not the only compositional tool available to you, and it is important to practice other methods as well. This great video follows an experienced landscape photographer as he explores different ways to create compelling photos besides using leading lines. 

Coming to you from Brendan van Son, this excellent video explores the idea of creating compelling landscape photos via mechanisms other than leading lines. No doubt, leading lines are a very effective tool, but if you rely on them exclusively, it can make your portfolio a bit one-dimensional, as if you are creating the same photo over and over. Beyond that, not every scene will offer a readily obvious leading line, but that does not mean the composition is not worthwhile. There are many other aspects that can make the frame visually compelling, such as its geometry, symmetry, color palette, and more. Check out the video above for the full rundown. 

And if you really want to dive into landscape photography, check out "Photographing The World 1: Landscape Photography and Post-Processing with Elia Locardi." 

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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