Title: Height Ratio.
The Importance of Scale and How It Relates to Photography.
The photograph above shows a crowd of people standing together in the background with a man in stilts standing to the right in the foreground. This photo got me thinking about the term “scale” and why it is a perfect example of how it relates to photography. Using scale in photography is extremely important because as people our minds figure out the size of our surroundings in a various ways, and the most common way is scale. Think back to the photo above… we know the average height of a person and once you notice the man on stilts your brain instantly thinks: “wow, look at him - he is really up there!”
Scale is what gives a person looking at your photos a frame of reference. So if scale is so important in photography then why am I noticing it is often an under-utilized technique in? FACT: Many beginners, amateurs, and even professionals go so far as to remove people from a landscape photo because they think having people in the image detract from the view. When it’s having these people in your landscape photos that show how grand or large a surrounding is.
Scale in your images should never be overlooked… no I’m not saying you need to show scale in every photo, but what I am saying is that you need to be aware of it at all times. Remember, we need scale to know how large and small the surround world is and in photography it helps us to enjoy the image instead of spending a lot of extra brain power trying to figure out the size of various elements.
Knowledge is power… now go take some photos that show the scale of your surroundings!