Adding the Human Element to Your Landscape Photographs
Photographers that want to add a touch of energy to their landscape photographs might consider adding the human element. What do I mean by this? It's simple. Instead of just photographing a landscape, add the human figure into the composition to give it something living, breathing, and full of life!
Henri Cartier-Bresson was famous for using this method in a lot of his photographs. In fact, he has an entire book dedicated to Landscape photography that highlights this technique quite well. I own the hardcover copy, and it's somewhat pricey, but it's worth every dime. You can find it here.
Below you can see a few examples of some of the landscape photographs I've taken that demonstrate this technique. When I was photographing at Bash Bish Falls last year, the dominant landscape was the waterfall and surrounding rocks. However, by incorporating people into the composition, it gave the image the energy I was looking for. One thing to keep in mind is that your subject (or subjects) in the picture don't have to be large in scale to be effective. Try experimenting with this technique and see what you can create. I think you will be surprised how much different your landscape photographs will look.
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