a photo study: lines

This week my year-long commitment to study various elements of photography composition introduced me to lines: horizontal, vertical, diagonal, organic, and implied. Ted Forbes  (The Art of Photography) wrote that while lines don’t actually exist in nature they are most likely the most basic element of visual composition. He further noted:

Lines serve many purposes in visual composition. They can divide the composition, they can direct the viewers eye, they can define shapes and they can make a statement to the feel or interpretation of the image by the viewer. Line’s speaking to the feel of a composition is extremely important.












After this week, I am finding myself wondering about leading and curving lines as well  finding myself in a bit of muddy water in regards to the differences between lines and shapes.  Am I overthinking?

Would love to hear your thoughts and please feel free to join in.

To sum up this week here is Ted Forbes’,  Photography Composition: Line.


  1. Thank you so much for sharing, Brenda! It’s a great idea of studying various elements of photography composition. I would love to join you.
    Thank you for the video link. 🙂

  2. I do enjoy these videos you post, Brenda. This was a bit if an eye-opener for me. I never thought of line the way Ted Forbes spoke about them (vertical=strong, horizontal=peaceful, diagonal=energy or discord, etc). I found myself going through my photos to see what I have. I am going to try to do his assignment…we’ll see if I succeed. I am going to tag you if I can accomplish this. Thanks so much for these wonderful lessons. If you are elementary, than I am just hoping to get accepted into the class! 🙂

    1. It is great to read that we share similar experiences while viewing Ted Forbes’s videos. You are indeed welcome to join in this journey…we all learn from each other. 😊

  3. thanks to Amy found your blog – your vertical trees are on the diagonal too and that is what makes that photo so brilliant
    p.s. this week my eye followed the geometric lines of architecture –

    1. Thank you for taking the time to visit and to post your thoughts. I was able to take a brief visit to your blogs. The tulip (I think it was a tulip) and architecture images were beautiful. Diagonal lines in both postings ☺️

    1. Thank you for taking the time to visit and posting a comment. I’m glad you will be joining me on my learning, exploring, experimenting journey through photography. Not as exciting as your life journey…which I wish you continued work as it is so needed in today’s world.

      1. I’m excited too Brenda! I really want to improve my photography and also am truly looking for inspiration. That is why I love the WordPress Community! I’m excited to see what you share 😌

  4. Great initiative Brenda… excellent choice of images. Hope I will find time to participate..I have been too busy these days!

    1. It is my intention to combine the valuable lessons you offer with this personal exploration. Thank you so much for taking the time to visit. If you do find time to participate, I know it will be an extremely useful experience for me and others.

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