The Importance of Scale

All is One

       Capturing certain scenes can be very difficult using a camera. The problem arises in the fact that the end result is a two-dimensional space. The sense of depth and relative size are easily lost. This is where it helps to break down the scene and organize it in a way that the viewer can relate to.

       An easy way to create a sense of scale is to include an object of known size into the composition. First compose the photograph as you might regularly. Once the composition is locked in and the camera is set up on a sturdy tripod, have a friend move around within the composition as you watch through the viewfinder. After a little directing you will now have an element of known size and perhaps a powerful juxtaposition. This juxtaposition of person to scene is what will help the viewer assess the size of different elements in the photograph. 

       Use complimentary colors to bring attention to the human element within the scene. This will draw the viewers eyes to that point. I could go on and on about how important the formal qualities of the composition are and the placement of the person, but that is a topic for another time. I hope this was helpful and I hope you enjoy the photograph taken in a dried up Gorge near the Presque Isle River in the Porcupine Mountains State Park, MI.

Technical details: Canon 7D, Canon 10-22mm lens (@11mm), circular polarizer filter, ISO 100, F/11, 0.8 Seconds.

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