In Angela Pan’s spectacular photo of the Vietnam Wall, all lines lead to the Washington Monument, creating a photo composition technique called vanishing point.
When you create a vanishing point, all the parallel lines appear to converge in the distance. It’s a great way to show depth - a 2D image now begins to have a 3D look and feel.
This should be a simple one to create once you are aware of the effect. You are looking for multiple lines to lead the eye to the same point. In some cases, that might be infinity.
Once you’ve chosen the vanishing point, where should you place your subject? In this photo, we are led to the Washington Monument, but there are times when you can place your subject opposite the leading lines.
Imagine someone was standing in the left of this photo, right near the camera. That person would clearly be the subject, but the vanishing point would still continue behind in the distance. Nothing wrong with that.
There are even times when the vanishing point happens outside the frame. We see the lines begin to converge, and it is implied they meet outside the borders of the image. Nothing wrong with that either. You get to decide. You are the artist.
Just in case you still have trouble visualizing the concept, I created a Flickr gallery with more examples.
Create a photo where your leading lines converge at a vanishing point. You can place the subject at the vanishing point or opposite. You can even make the vanishing point outside the frame.
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