Image of the Week #387 – How To Use An iPhone To Create Leading Lines In Your Composition

One of my absolute favourite things about running Photography Farm is getting to witness all the connections made by the photographers that attend our events. There have been many real life friendships forged and it’s incredible to hear that they sometimes lead to shoots. It’s always fascinating when photographers unite to see what creative sparks might fly.

It was at one of my group mentoring calls that Gary from Rogues and Queens and Chris Guthrie Scott decided to plan a styled shoot together. I was trying to inspire photographers to make use of the assets that might be available to them and to just get out and shoot. They asked another Farmer, Susie to model for them with her gorgeous wife as they both wanted to have more diversity in their portfolio.

I’m sure they all had an utter blast on the day but also worked quite hard. I like this shot in particular as it shows what can be achieved at an unusual venue. Gary has been very careful with his composition and with his placement of the subjects. All the leading lines point towards them. It’s edgy and unusual which is what we are growing to expect from Gary.

Sony A7III | Sony 35mm 1.8 | f/1.8 | 1/1000| ISO 320

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What Gary Said…

“This shot came about whilst Chris Guthrie Scott and myself were shooting a styled elopement shoot that we had organised. While we were out on the couple’s shoot with Susie and her wife, Nonie, who both graciously agreed to model for us, we discovered this abandoned warehouse building on the way to a beach in Ayr.

The building wasn’t exactly what Chris and I had imagined for our Elopement Shoot. But we all loved the randomness of the building, the graffiti and the contrast that it would provide to the beach shots that we were out to create. So we decided to see what we could do there creatively and this is one of my favourite shots from the whole day.

As always, I love a good reflection, especially when there’s a great sky, detailed ceiling or in this case the bones of the roof of an old warehouse.

In order to create this shot, I had to use the shallow depth of field of 1.8, to blur the reflection that was created on my phone with the background in where Susie and Nonie were standing. This then created the seamless reflection of the ceiling and created a frame and some leading lines to lead the viewer’s eye to Susie and Nonie.

Once edited in LR, I then used PS to add some grunginess. I added some texture overlays to create a decayed analogue look to fit within the Graffiti Warehouse theme.