Leading lines naturally guide the viewer’s eyes toward to subject of the picture. Photographers generally prefer slanted lines because the diagonals stand out from the horizontal and vertical edges of the frame and add another dimension to the photo.
Silverware, spatulas, and whisks all work really well as leading lines to draw attention toward the food. Certain ingredients also naturally act as leading lines, such as celery, dry spaghetti, and ice cream cones. The lines may also be implied, such as a trail of crumbs from a cookie or little crystals of salt spreading away from a seasoned chicken breast.
Here are a few of my shots that include leading lines. I love how well the knife in the Nutella turned out with the cookie!
Now it’s your turn to practice leading lines! Feel free to post any questions, comments, or tips in the comments section below!