Line of Surprise

It’s been quite some time since I did a blog post but I need to get back to it…  Here’s the reason why… I’ve have a great honor bestowed on me and that’s watching my youngest grandson while I’m not traveling or teaching photography.  It is an absolute joy watching him learn and to just spend time with him as he grows. It does my heart good!!!  He’s walking now and keeps an old guy like me jumping (lol)  Ok, enough personal stuff for now so let’s share a few installments of photography wisdom!

“Line of Surprise”

“Learning to capture light will make extraordinary images from ordinary subjects”, I coined this saying when I first started my photography career. I’m a full time professional master landscape photographer and I’ve been teaching photography workshops going on two decades. It’s been an amazing journey and I’m thankful for my many sponsors and clients over the years.

So, let’s jump into the heart of this article and hopefully you can take something from it to carry forward in your photographic journey. Remember it’s never too late to strengthen your photographic foundation.

When it comes to compositional elements there are more lines than any other element in the photographic world. Lines in photographs provide a path that lead the viewer’s eye.

There are many ways to show a sense of movement in a photograph, such as the arrangement of objects, the position of shapes or the flow of a river from one element to another and, hopefully, keep the viewer in the photograph. There can be several types of lines in a photograph and I’ll touch on a few over the next few posts:

Composition” is the term used for the arrangements of the elements in or the subject matter of a photograph. A successful composition draws the viewer in and pulls their eye across the whole photograph so that everything is absorbed and finally settles on the main subject of the photograph.

The “Elements of Composition” in photography are used to arrange or organize the components in a way that is pleasing to the photographer and, hopefully, the viewer. It helps to provide structure to the layout and the way the subject is presented. It also encourages or leads the viewer’s eye to roam around the whole photograph, taking in everything and ultimately coming back to rest on the main focal point.


Stay tuned for the next installment of “Line of Surprise”