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Photo Composition - Use The Corners

The leading lines bring the viewer down the hallway to the lighted arch.

The leading lines bring the viewer down the hallway to the lighted arch.

Although the planning for my migration from Aperture to Lightroom is taking a significant chunk of time, there is one fringe benefit. I am revisiting a lot of my older photo projects, reliving memories, remembering past travels. I also get to see how I've improved as a photographer over the years.

Streaks of clouds coming in from the corner converge on the sunset.

Streaks of clouds coming in from the corner converge on the sunset.

The base and swooping arch draw the eye up the Eiffel Tower.

The base and swooping arch draw the eye up the Eiffel Tower.

A composition pattern I've noticed in many of my favorite photos is "use the corners". What this means is placing your subject such that leading lines emanate from the corners of the frame. Why does this work? The lines draw your viewer's eye into the frame. And as an added bonus, diagonal lines convey a more dynamic feel to what's otherwise a static image.

The next time you're shooting, look for leading lines that use the corners.