The Bella Vista/Bentonville Photography Club met April 18th at Hometown Bank in Jane, Missouri for the regular monthly meeting with 21 members in attendance.

President, Doug Keck, opened the meeting by reviewing “Shadows”, this month’s contest subject.Tips presented last month on using shadows in photography were discussed.

Doug presented the April program on Leading Lines.Leading lines lead the eye into the photograph to the main subject or can occasionally lead the eye out of the image.Some examples of leading lines can be fences, bridges, shorelines, rivers, patterns, etc. leading into the image.Doug presented three videos on leading lines.Ideas gleaned from the videos included: using leading lines to give the viewer something to look at, to work the subject, to grab the viewer’s eye, to point at something cool, to provide a path to payoff, and/or to add depth for more interest.The photographer can control where lines are placed in the image by changing where they are standing, by where they point their camera, and by the height at which they take the picture.Most effective lines in photos are diagonal and curving.Try to avoid horizontal and vertical lines as they can block the viewer’s eye.

Club members practiced taking photographs of leading lines both in the conference room and outside the building at the end of the meeting.Photographs were reviewed to determine if the leading lines lead to the subject or could have been improved by changing camera position.

The winner of the April digital contest on “Shadows” was Linda Hupp with her photo of the spider sculpture at Crystal Bridges casting a shadow.Second place went to Rebecca Brubaker, and third place to Chris Tabat.

Members will practice using leading lines in their photography at the group walk-around on Tuesday, April 25th, at 6 p.m. at Crystal Bridges.

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 16th at 6 p.m. at Hometown Bank in Jane, Missouri.The May digital contest is “Leading Lines”.