Experiment with using lines to your advantage.

• Diagonal lines:

Viewers’ eyes will follow diagonal lines, adding motion to a picture. These lines can also be used to lead the eyes to the subject.

• Curving lines:

Curving lines liven up a picture because they cause the viewers’ eyes to dance around.

• Right angles:

Right angles tend to make a picture more static. To increase the impact of your photos, utilize right angles when photographing subjects that evoke stability and timelessness.

Adapted from Amphoto’s Complete Book of Photography by Jenni Bidner and Russ Burden. (Crown Publishing Group, 2004; $25)