19. CREATE VISUAL PATHS WITH LEADING LINES

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WHEN WE LOOK at an image, our eyes enter the frame and then explore the contents of that frame. This may not be apparent to you as you look at a photo, but visual research has shown that our eyes are drawn into a scene by certain elements and can also be guided through an image by areas of contrasts, light and dark tones, or actual lines in a scene.

The name of this compositional technique—leading lines—tells you how you might use it to guide the viewer’s gaze through a scene, either to lead to a central element or just provide a nice pathway for the eye to travel (Figure 19.1). Common examples of leading ...

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