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The Enthusiast's Guide to Composition by Khara Plicanic

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27. SETTING THE SCENE

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ONCE YOU’VE CAPTURED details and happenings, it’s natural for anyone who might be enjoying those images to wonder, “Where was this taken?” Scene-setting images help answer that question.

By their very nature, scene-setting images tend to be captured at wider focal lengths (35mm-ish or less), and often from a greater distance. In addition to showing the overall scene, in some cases it makes sense to include particular aspects of a location that help establish context, like a landmark or a sign.

On a cross-country bicycle ride back in 2011, for example, my husband and I rode 3,200 miles from the Pacific to the Atlantic. We ...

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