Shoot a Scene With and Without People!

by Sherri on August 24, 2010

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Fishing on Lake Almanor with Mount Lassen in the background, Plumas County, Northern California. This lake is well-known as a fishing hot spot!

Most people love to photograph landscapes and nature and so do I, but when possible I shoot the scene both with and without people. Including people in your photographs can increase their marketability. Quite often, images of people interacting with nature are published over images of nature alone.

Many landscape and nature photographers go out of their way to eliminate human beings from their photos. That’s cool, but why not shoot a couple of extra frames which include people, while you have this great scene in front of you?

Last month, we visited Plumas County in Northeastern California. While we were there, my goal was to capture photos of Mount Lassen with and without people. While I really love this photo of Mount Lassen and this one, the photo featured above is more likely to get published. It illustrates people enjoying the area and what it has to offer.

On the other hand, this photo would not likely bring in any print sales. The one exception might be to the people in the boats!

What do you think? I’m all ears!!!

Thanks for visiting!

~Sherri

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Apratim Saha August 26, 2010 at 1:22 am

Nice landscape !

2 Sherri August 26, 2010 at 8:17 am

Apratim, thank you for your feedback! :-)

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