dPS Bi-Weekly Photo Challenge: Scale

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Photo Adventure Cheat sheets (Sale now up to 80% off) we’re going to run ‘Scale’ as our challenge for the next two weeks!

  • One photo per challenge
  • Challenges run for two weeks – Saturday to Saturday Week
  • Use the hashtags to identify your posts (#dPSWeeklyChallenge & #dPSScale)

From Darren’s email earlier today;

It can be difficult to capture the essence of vast landscapes within a two-dimensional image. The key lies in understanding and effectively using ‘scale’ to bring context and depth to your images. Here we explore how to master scale when it comes to landscape photography. This will transform your ordinary shots into something extraordinary.

Featured Image: A breathtaking landscape captured by Peter Vanosdall.

1. Introduce a Human Element: Incorporating a person in your landscape photo instantly establishes scale. It helps the viewer relate to the enormity of the surroundings, whether it’s towering mountains or expansive plains.

2. Use Familiar Objects: No people around? Use familiar objects such as vehicles, animals or buildings to create a sense scale. A car on a vast mountain road, for instance, can dramatically highlight the scene’s magnitude.

3. Layering and Foreground Element: Creating layers in your image, with a strong foreground element, adds depth and a sense of scale. This technique allows viewers the ability to see the distance between the foreground and the distant background.

4. Use Wide Lenses: Wide-angle lenses capture more of a scene, emphasizing its vastness. Combining a wide-angle lens with a foreground object exaggerates perspective and enhances the sense of scale.

5. Capture Atmospheric Perspect: This phenomenon, where distant objects appear lighter and less saturated, adds a sense of depth and vastness. Scenes that have atmospheric perspective, such as fading layers of mountains, emphasize their grand scale.

6. Play with Shadows & Light: Utilizing the interplay of light and shadow, especially during golden hours, adds dimension. Long shadows can show the size of elements such as trees or mountains.

7. Use Leading Lines: Leading lines, such as rivers or roads, guide the viewer’s eye and illustrate the scale of the landscape. They create a visual trip from the foreground all the way to the horizon.

8. Drones, aerial photography and drones: Drones offer a unique bird’s-eye perspective, revealing landscape proportions and patterns unseen from the ground. This new perspective can show scale in a unique way.

Implementing Scale When out shooting landscapes, remember these techniques to add a compelling sense of scale to your photographs. It’s about providing context and reference points to turn flat images into captivating stories of grandeur.

As Ever

Include the hashtags #dPSWeeklyChallenge or #dPSScale on your post, in the comments here or on social media. You can tag our Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter page!

Find all our previous weekly challenges right here.

Simply upload your shot into the comment field (look for the little camera icon in the Disqus comments section) and they’ll get embedded for us all to see or if you’d prefer, upload them to your favourite photo-sharing site and leave the link to them. Show me your best images in this week’s challenge. Be patient as it can take some time for an image to show up.

Share in the dPS Facebook Group

You can also share images in The dPS group on Facebook as the challenge is posted there each week as well.

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