I’ve written here before about lines – specifically leading lines. But there are all kinds of lines that can help you compose a photograph more interestingly.

If you’re in a photographic rut, start looking for lines. There are lines everywhere and they make great compositional elements.

Look for diagonal lines, horizontal lines and vertical lines. Look for straight lines and crooked lines.

Give yourself a photo assignment. Grab a camera and a medium telephoto lens and go out looking for lines. Look for single lines or repeating lines.

There are lines in roads, fences, buildings, lines at boat docks, on football fields; heck there are even lines in the sky sometimes.

You can use lines to lead the viewer’s eye from one point to another in a photo.

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  1. Great idea for a self-assignment Scott! And this photo (the Palouse?) is from my neck-of-the-woods. Great shot.

  2. Great idea for a self-assignment Scott! And this photo (the Palouse?) is from my neck-of-the-woods. Great shot.

  3. I have been in a photograpic rut for a while. I think I will be going out and try this today. Any one else have and pointers to help me get out of this rut?

  4. I have been in a photograpic rut for a while. I think I will be going out and try this today. Any one else have and pointers to help me get out of this rut?

  5. Superb shot. As usual. Scott’s “ho-hum” is everyone else’s “stellar”

  6. Superb shot. As usual. Scott’s “ho-hum” is everyone else’s “stellar”

  7. […] Lines can be a wonderful thing to add depth to an image, they also can be used to lead the viewer’s eye to where you want it to go. Scott Bourne gives this tip, “If you’re in a photographic rut, start looking for lines. There are lines everywhere and they make great compositional elements.” (Photofocus) […]

  8. I would say “Um….perhaps..” (Just kidding – great shot!) :D

  9. I would say “Um….perhaps..” (Just kidding – great shot!) :D

  10. One way that has helped me out of a rut is to make something for someone you know. Surprise them with a print. Photograph their house, pet, or make something then photograph it. Its nice because it takes you through the beginning, middle and end of a workflow.

  11. One way that has helped me out of a rut is to make something for someone you know. Surprise them with a print. Photograph their house, pet, or make something then photograph it. Its nice because it takes you through the beginning, middle and end of a workflow.

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