Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Photography Class #6- Leading Lines

Many of you asked, "What are leading lines?" So here is my explanation. Leading lines are linear elements in a photograph that draw your attention to the subject. They can be anything from railroad tracks to wood grain lines. This was my attempt at leading lines.


It's not the best example but I was trying to use the pipe fence to direct the attention to the husband. Does my explanation make sense?

As for the rule of thirds, Ivoryhut posted on the Pioneer Woman about the rule of thirds. The post is named Basic Micro Tips. She discusses the rule of thirds under #3. Off Center is your friend. Basically, what the rule of thirds states is that your eye tends to focus on certain areas of a photograph so place your subject in those areas. She has a graph to show you where those areas are. Hopefully, it will make sense to ya cause Lord knows I probably don't!

Last night, we discussed workflow. It was kinda boring. He just reiterated over and over that you need to back up everything so you don't lose all your work. Nothing too interesting or awe inspiring.

This week's assignment: Portrait. I'm kinda dreading this one. I don't like posed pictures, I'm more of a spontaneous kinda picture taker. I asked if it had to be a person, since I'm not real good with people. The instructor said no, it could be an animal. Let's see what I come up with.

16 comments:

LadyFi said...

I get your explanation of leading lines... like the photo too!

Sarah said...

Gorgeous Photo. I am very interested in photography just never dropped the money for the classes. Good luck with your next photo. I enjoy reading your blog and seeing your photos.

J and J Acres said...

I love that picture. Very neat. Thanks for the info about the leading lines!

Lacey Jo said...

Well of course I have a personal interest in any photos that are western related, but I also think you have an eye for great shots.

Linda said...

I like your "leading lines" picture as for the law of thirds and offside I have a hard time doing that (I do try) but I'm more of a symetrical kind of gal. I like doing portraits, I just don't like people looking right into the camera at me. I like to stalk them for their picture.

Vaquerogirl said...

I like your leqading lines photo! Your hubby is a doll!
Don't be afraid of Portrait- I find that it is truely the magic in photgraphy- But like in any art- you have to let the 'white space fill'-If you are quiet and engage your subject in something that inspires them, you'll get the deep inside shots. (It is almost like stalking someone though they are right there with you.) It takes time and patience and lots of snaps- I'll just bet you are going to be great at it!

The Wife said...

Ladyfi-So glad you understood me. At times, I confuse myself!

Sarah-I took this class thru the local community college. Cost about $150. I think it was worth it.

J&J-The husband said it was hardwork being a model. It just wore him out to have his picture taken.

Lacey Jo-I have an eye but I don't know how good it is. But I'm working on it. Thanks!

Linda-I'm a stalker as well. I kept telling the husband to look away from me. I didn't want him looking straight into the camera. I'm good with off center cause most times, it's not on purpose!

The Wife said...

Vaquerogirl-thanks for the words of inspiration. I sure need them!

Train Wreck said...

Leading lines? It was the Hat that drew my eye! Oh and the fact that there is a cowboy in the photo!Mmmmm!
Man I do need Photography lessons! I am doing it all wrong! I should remove all my amateur photos and shred them! I just point and shoot.Waaaah

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

I think that is a wonderful photo. Very immpressive.

And I am looking forward to seeing your portraits.

Jen

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Whoops can't spell.

Impressive!!!

Jen

spanki said...

good luck girl!! i love your teaching post! i sit and take note!! thanks for sharing!!!

The Wife said...

TW-Yeah, it never hurts to put a cowboy in the picture. Plus one as cute as my hubby! And please, shred your pics. You are so awesome. I should be taking notes from you!

Jen-I'm feeling the pressure to do good on the portrait!

Spanki-Whateva! You're taking notes from me, girl please. I should be studyin' your pics!

Mikey said...

Beautiful pic!

Lil Mama said...

I love this picture! It's the kind that city folk pay big bucks for at the fair. by the way your hubby oozes machismo!

The Wife said...

lil mama- He oozes something alright. This morning it's snot! He's sick!