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The use of leading lines can prove to be an important element in the effect created by a photograph. The technique shows up in many branches of photography and is often especially useful in both interior and exterior Hotel Photography. Leading lines can run in any direction through your picture – top to bottom, side to side or diagonally. They can be perfectly straight, wavy, zig-zag or even radial. Regardless of their direction or style, the job of leading lines is to take the viewer on a journey right through the portions of the picture or to pull their eyes toward your selected point of interest. The accompanying photo shows a portion of the wall at Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara. The luxurious resort complex is actually located in the world’s largest continuous desert – the Rub' al Khali, otherwise (and understandably) called the Empty Quarter. The wall in this exterior photo of the resort, becomes the leading line and it is certainly an interesting feature in its own right. However, it also serves the purpose of pulling along your attention to the towers at the other end and the hint of green from the trees behind them. The leading line, that is, the wall takes you from the desert and over to the verdant and palatial oasis that the resort represents. The usefulness of leading lines in Hotel Photography plays out very well when showcasing a large expanse of the ground with several points of interest scattered throughout it. The leading lines also add a dynamic element to the photo as they encourage movement of the viewer’s eyes from one point to the next before leading out of the image. The effective use of leading lines may take some amount of practice, but is a very important skill every aspiring photographer should aim to master.