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How to Use Converging Lines to Add Interest to Your Photos

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Converging lines are a favorite among many photographers when composing a photograph.

Lines can often add to a scene’s interest and multiple lines when converging together or appearing close to each other are an ideal way to lead viewers’ eyes into your photo.

A good example of this photography composition trick is looking at railway tracks. If you stand in between a set of tracks you’ll notice they appear to join together the further they are in the distance. A photo of this scene will lead a viewer to follow the lines into the distance.

However, it doesn’t always have to be railway tracks. You can use this same technique with items such as pathways, stairs, roads, power lines, and fences etc.

In fact, just about any type of lines that run parallel with each other into the distance can work.

If you’d like to experiment with converging lines these are a few tips which may help you out.

 

Converging Lines in Photography Composition Banner

Photo by Blue Square Thing

 

Positioning

Vertical and Diagonal Converging Lines

Photos by Martin Cathrae and

You could compose railway tracks by placing them in the center and symmetrically in the frame.

You can also move to the side of the train tracks and shoot them diagonally in the frame from a lower corner up to the opposite corner in the top of the composition. This results in a dynamic image.

When the lines are positioned vertical and symmetrical they become dramatic. However, they can also create a sense of movement when they’re diagonal.

Experiment with wide-angle lenses

Wide Angles Converging Lines

Photo by Mark Notari

The effect of converging lines can be altered by using different types of lenses.

Wide-angle lenses are fun to experiment with especially if you’re standing between two lines. This will give the impression that the lines are wider than they actually are at the starting position of the photo.

Add interest at the point of convergence

Point of Interest with Converging Lines

Photo by Blue Square Thing

Remember, when shooting converging lines, they will attract the viewer’s eye towards the point where they converge in the photo composition.

This then generally becomes the focal point of the image.

It’s a good idea to figure out the most effective position to place this in the frame. You may want to use the rule of thirds in photography composition when doing this.

Also, don’t forget if the lines converge outside of your frame then the viewer’s eye will follow them outside of the shot. This can sometimes create a sense of mystery.

On some occasions you may want to spruce up the point where the lines converge with something else interesting. For instance, this could be done if there’s a train on the tracks in the distance or if there’s a person, item or animal at the point of convergence.

What’s Next?

We hope you enjoyed these tips on how to use converging lines in your photography compositions. Now that you’re finished reading, leave a comment below telling us which tip was your favorite and share any experiences you’ve had taking these types of photos.

Then, check out our related posts to learn even more ways to improve your photography.

2 Comments

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    December 24, 2013 at 2:19 am

    […] How to Use Converging Lines to Add Interest to Your Photos – this short article discusses the use of converging lines in compositions.  In some cases they can add an element of dynamism to an image and help draw the viewers eye into the heart of the frame.  This brief piece covers the key points of this in a way that’s easy to understand and apply. […]

  2. John

    June 15, 2014 at 2:54 am

    Some great tips here, thanks!

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