How to Use Leading Lines in Portrait Photography (VIDEO)

Photographer and model Imogen Rhiannon is back with another portrait photography tips video. In this case, her new video is on how to use leading lines in portrait photography.

Many photographers may know and/or use the technique of leading lines in image composition when capturing a landscape photo. If you’re not familiar with the concept, it’s where a photographer will purposefully compose an image with natural or manmade lines included in the frame to draw the view toward the main subject of the image.

In this video, Rhiannon shows how the technique can also apply to portrait photography. While reading from “One Face, Fifty Ways,” a portrait photography “ideas book” she wrote with photographer Mark Wilkinson, Rhiannon says: “By choosing where your leading line travels you can manipulate and guide a viewer’s eye so it is drawn to the point you wish to highlight within a more complex scene. One of the strengths of leading lines in composition is that they invite the eye to travel through the image.”

You can see more of her photo tutorials on her YouTube channel. You should also check out this video where Rhiannon and Wilkinson discuss the “Do’s and Don’ts” of model posing, and this video on how to shoot sensual boudoir photos at home in natural light.