Adding a sense of scale

I love to shoot landscapes - I'm fortunate in that I currently live in a very scenic Australian State where landscape photography is a must.

At times, it's difficult to convey a sense of scale with an image - I know the depth and breadth and height because I can see it with my eyes, but I can't necessarily convey that to someone who is viewing my photo.

One technique to give your images a sense of scale is to bring people into them, because people give us a familiar point of reference - we know the approximate size of a human being therefore it completes the picture and gives a sense of the true proportions of a landscape.

This also works for indoor and outdoor architecture. Notice the difference between these images and how easy it is to grasp the scale and size of what we're looking at when humans are in the photo.

If you browse through the images below, you will notice that we get a much clearer understanding of the size of the largest elements in each when we can see people.

So next time you pack up your camera for some landscapes or architectural shots, makes sure you snap a few images with one or more people in it - they will add just that little bit more to the story you wish to tell with your photos.

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May 04, 2012


thanks for sharing :)

March 27, 2012


Scenery pictures very beautiful!

March 09, 2012


Amazing pic, great blog, thanks for sharing..

February 27, 2012


nice pictures. Great blog :)

February 24, 2012


Thanks And congrats!

February 23, 2012


Wow.... some marvelous pictures here.
Yes that is true about bringing in people into it. Really gives one the enormity of the size of the surroundings.

February 23, 2012


you are so right! but unfortunatly you will need a model release in some cases

February 22, 2012


Great article, thank you very much for the advice

February 22, 2012


Useful tip thanks Tamara. Nice choice of comparisons too. I tend to avoid people in most of my shots for the convenience of not having to obtain a model release, but I guess if they're distant & unrecognisable then a model release is not needed, and it certainly helps to add depth to an image. Thanks for sharing.

February 21, 2012


Great images! "Modern corridor" is my fav one:-)

February 21, 2012


Your images are amazing, congratulations.

February 21, 2012


very interesting:)

February 21, 2012


Very interesting blog and good suggestions!

February 21, 2012


Very interesting blog! Thanks for sharing!

February 21, 2012


love your tips. Thanks

February 20, 2012


Hope the tips are useful - please note too, the examples I used are from other contributors, they aren't from my own portfolio :)

February 20, 2012


Great tip to remember. Thank you. Also you have a great portfolio.

February 20, 2012


Very nice photos! Thanks for sharing!

February 20, 2012


Iteresting blog!!!
Ps Congratulations for your new job ;-)

February 20, 2012


thanks-love the photos :)

February 20, 2012


It is very nice!

February 20, 2012


Thanks. useful tip. the dessert pictures are amazing..

February 20, 2012


Thanks for sharing! Congratulations with very impresive pictures!

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