Scale and Perspective

In Standard by Patrick

Sometimes in a two dimensional photograph it is difficult to relay to the viewer a sense of scale. It’s easy for you, as the photographer to relate because you were there and remember the height and size along with the grandeur of the scene. How do you convey that to the viewer? There might be some aspects of the photo that the viewer can fill in by association and what they may have experienced in the past, but not everyone.

One thing that I found helps is having something in the foreground for the viewer to relate to that can give a sense of perspective. For example, in the first photograph you obviously know it is a waterfall, but you have no way of telling some of the specifics. So I zoomed out to include my wife taking a photo and instantly you have a sense of scale based on her.

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