Why & How To Use Vertical Lines In Your Photos

Gina Stephens
Written by Gina Stephens


Photo by David Clapp

Why Photograph Vertical Covers?

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

Shoot Portrait Or Landscape?

Switching from landscape to portrait mode lengthens the frame you're working with, emphasising the size/height of the vertical lines. Turning the camera back around to horizontal format works well when you have multiple vertical in harmonies going through the frame as you'll be able to get more in 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 framework.

Straight Lines

Make sure your vertical lines lines or LINE may refer to run parallel to the sides of your frame as wonky, slopping lines thinks fitting 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 strident 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 nearly the same piece of editing software later on.

Photo David Burleson


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

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Get Repetitive

Repeating patterns and symmetry works well when you have multiple vertical engages 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 design more.

Adds Depth

When you have lots of the same object in a line, take a line of trees along a path for exempli gratia, 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 nearing the back of your image. Just remember the items creating the vertical lines need to be of roughly the same height.


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Gina Stephens

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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