Save 50% On Affinity Photo Today!

Why & How To Use Vertical Lines In Your Photos

Here are 6 reasons why you should try to use vertical lines in your images as well as a few tips on how to use them to make the most impact in your shots.

|  General Photography
 Add Comment

Columns

 

1. Why Photograph Vertical Lines?

Lines going up and sometimes out of the frame can convey a sense of growth, strength and power as well as create interesting patterns within your images.
 

2. Shoot Portrait Or Landscape?

Switching from landscape to portrait mode lengthens the frame you're working with, emphasising the length/height of the vertical lines. Turning the camera back around to horizontal format works well when you have multiple vertical lines going through the frame as you'll be able to get more in the shot and it can help create the impression that the objects you're photographing are so tall that you can't fit them all in the frame.
 

3. Straight Lines

Make sure your vertical lines run parallel to the sides of your frame as wonky, slopping lines will mean your shot lacks impact. Keep an eye out for converging verticals too. If you find you're having a problem with them try and work from higher up to put you more in line with the object you're photographing, switch to a focal length that's not as wide or you can take the shot and adjust the photo in Photoshop or another similar piece of editing software later on.

 

Trees
 

4. Framing

Putting a vertical line in the centre of the frame will cut your image in half which does create a strong impact and maybe something you like, however most of the time it's best to position the object/shape more to the left of right of the image.
 

5. Get Repetitive

Repeating patterns and symmetry works well when you have multiple vertical lines in your shots. Just remember to have a play around with the orientation of the shot to see which way emphasises the pattern you're trying to create more.
 

6. Adds Depth

When you have lots of the same object in a line, take a line of trees along a path, for example, you can stand at the top of the path, point your lens down it and you'll see the trees, or whatever lines the edge of your shot, create depth as they vanish towards the back of your image. Just remember the items creating the vertical lines need to be of roughly the same height.

 

You've read the technique now share your related photos for the chance to win prizes: Daily Forum Competition

Support this site by making a Donation, purchasing Plus Membership, or shopping with one of our affiliates: Amazon UK, Amazon US, Amazon CA, ebay UK, WEX

It doesn't cost you anything extra when you use these links, but it does support the site, helping keep ePHOTOzine free to use, thank you.

Other articles you might find interesting...

8 Top Ways To Use A Telephoto Lens For Photography
Create Great Bokeh By Following These 6 Simple Tips
The Essential Camera Settings You Need For Night Photography
How To Capture Patterns On Your Travels
Top Tips On Photographing Signs On Your Travels
How To Use Horizontal Lines Successfully In Your Images
Learn How To Photograph The Moon
7 Top Reasons Why You Should Use Longer Lenses When Taking Photos

Comments


11 Jul 2015 2:13PM
278807_1436620319.jpg
Buildwas Abbey

Join ePHOTOzine for free and remove these adverts.

SHR 4 1.4k Israel
11 Jul 2017 12:03PM
292740_1499771004.jpg
SHR 4 1.4k Israel
11 Jul 2017 12:03PM
292740_1499771035.jpg
SHR 4 1.4k Israel
11 Jul 2017 12:06PM
292740_1499771194.jpg
SHR 4 1.4k Israel
11 Jul 2017 12:09PM
292740_1499771389.jpg
SHR 4 1.4k Israel
11 Jul 2017 12:11PM
292740_1499771469.jpg
adrian2208 16 363 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2019 3:18PM

Sign In

You must be a member to leave a comment.

ePHOTOzine, the web's friendliest photography community.

Join For Free

Upload photos, chat with photographers, win prizes and much more.