A really effective way of getting focus on your subject, is to use leading lines to draw the viewer's eye towards your area of focus. You can use all sorts of lines for this purpose including fences, pathways, benches, logs or a rock wall. They can be man made or made by nature. The lines don't need to be straight as long as they lead to the subject or incorporate the subject along its path.
When I'm out on a session, I look for these lines and below I've got some examples.
The first is found at plum island, Mass. This walkway and many others like it are perfect places to place your subject. In the summertime, dogs aren't allowed in the park so I took the opportunity to shoot over there in the winter to get this image.
This second image was taken indoors in the hallway of a mill building. This little escape artist got out of his loft home to venture out into the exciting hallway. The repeating and converging lines help make the image more interesting.
This next image is of a girl named Delilah, who was found roaming in the compost pile outside a home. She was extremely emaciated, was missing part of one foot and was swollen all over from apparent allergies. I took her photo to help bring attention to this girl and help her get the resources she needs to recover. I'm happy to report she has put on weight and is being treated for her allergies. She is currently in foster care through the Greater Derry Humane Society until she fully recovers. We'll never know what happened to her in her past. I can only hope her future is bright.
Here I used the lines of the garden gates to frame this beautiful girl.
To see other pet photographers use leading lines, head on over to see Linda of VP Shoots Photography servicing Tampa Bay Florida.
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