Adding scale to a photo

How many times have you heard " That photo doesn't do it justice"

Or when you see a photo of a big trophy fish it has a ruler next to it.

Sometimes when you take a photo of an object you just can't tell how big it is without something added for scale.

A good example is this photo of a Giant Sequoia tree in California.

I took this on a recent trip to the west coast. At first I took some of the trees but when I viewed them I really couldn't see the mass and size of these monsters of the forest.

But adding a model makes you look at the tree and then when your eyes fall down to her hugging it you then see the comparison in size to a person.

Besides the fact that I do think most photos benefit by having a person in them.

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September 09, 2009

Defun

huge trees!^^hoho

April 07, 2009

Digitalreflections

great shot and a very useful blog

April 07, 2009

Dcwcreations

I did include the model release because I alredy had it on file so it was easy to add to it.
thanks for the compliment.

April 07, 2009

Creativei

Wow that's a great image, and a nice tip, was a model release required for this image????

April 07, 2009

Kenliu

OMG, huge trees!!

April 07, 2009

Eclecticelegance

WOW!!! Great photo and great tip on how to bring the scale into perspective.

April 07, 2009

Dcwcreations

Thank you for the comments, Yes they are unzoomed. They are really huge. I have never seen them before that trip.
Thanks again for your comments.

April 07, 2009

Angelasharris

Dave, was this photo unzoomed? If so ......this is an amazing shot. I hardly noticed the small stuff. When I first saw this image I thought...I wonder why he zoomed so much. Then after reading your article...whoa! Is giant a big enough word for these trees? Thanks for sharing.

April 07, 2009

Breenicole

This is a very nice photo. Those trees are huge!

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