In photography, a line of sight has more to do with what you cannot see than with what is visible.
But make no mistake, it is one of the most powerful composition tools in a photographer’s toolbox.
Line of sight in photography refers to an invisible line from a person’s eyes to what they are looking at. In photographs, this line is not visible.
If someone is looking at you as you’re taking their photo, we cannot see what they are looking at. People or animals might also be directing their attention towards something that’s not in the frame. This builds a strong line of sight because it creates curiosity. Or perhaps, we can see what the person or animal is looking at. This creates a strong bond between those two elements in a photograph.
Sometimes images contain more than one line of sight. It might be two people looking at each other. Or maybe they’re looking in different directions.
Here is what is covered in this guide:
- What exactly is a line of sight?
- What is an implied line of sight?
- What is an obvious line of sight?
- How to combine a line of sight with other composition tools.
- Using multiple lines of sight effectively
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Photo Credit: Kevin Landwer-Johan