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When you include a person in a picture, you add
a sense of scale to the subject or the scene. Thats
true even if the person takes up only a tiny frac-
tion of the image. What’s more, seeing a person in
a scene gives the viewer of the picture the oppor-
tunity to picture him or herself in the scene.
For example, in this image, the lone worker on
the 90-foot-high structure that features a statue of
Chingis Khan, which I photographed in Mongo-
lia, illustrates the enormity of the structure, as do
the tourists in the foreground.
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Do you agree that the picture with the man has
much more impact than the picture without
him?
Including people in architectural and landscape
images also adds a human quality to an image. I
took these pictures in Angkor Wat, Cambodia.
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Here is a photograph that I took in Namibia while
exploring the magnificent sand dunes—the old-
est sand dunes on the planet. I could easily have
waited for the climber to move out of the scene, or
taken him out in Photoshop. However, his pres-
ence in the photograph illustrates the enormity
of the dunes. Quite frankly, I would not have this
picture any other way.
The next time you look at a scene and say to your-
self, “I wish the person would move out of the
scene,think about how you can use that person
to your photographic advantage.

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