Composition Tool: Line of Sight and How to Use It


Line of sight is a pretty simple concept for photographers.

It’s the invisible line between a subject’s eyes and the object at which they are looking. It is implied. It is invisible.

It’s also very powerful to a photographer.

How so?

Well, it can be used to draw the eye of the viewer to wherever you want. The main center of interest for example. It stops the viewer’s eye drifting off the image.

Perhaps a few examples to demonstrate this in action will show you how powerful this can be.

Photo by Vale Zmeykov

This photo uses the line of sight to draw your eye from the woman to the edge of frame.

Photo by Pavel Anoshin

This photo takes your eye from the man to the bird.

As you can see, it is a useful tool in the composition arsenal of a photographer and it’s one you should absolutely experiment with.

It’s also one of the techniques on Kent Dufault’s Action Cards where he goes into detail about how to apply it in other scenarios and gives you several assignments that you can do today to practice this technique. Take a look at them here.

About Author

Rob is the founder of Light Stalking. His love for photography started as a child with a Kodak Instamatic and pushed him into building this fantastic place all these years later, and you can get to know him better here.
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Camera: Nikon D810
Lenses: Nikkor 14-24 f/2.8, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8

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