Landscape Photos – Having Somebody in your Pictures

Getting peoples in your Landscape Pictures makes tremendous differences in how engaging your landscape pictures are.  While landscape photos without human are interesting, having somebody enjoying the landscape in the picture is much more exciting.  This is particularly true of large vistas.

Get Someone in the Picture

We are emotionally attracted to our kind.  When someone is in the picture additional questions come to mind.  We often make a story of their presences in the scene.

While I was shooting this interesting panorama composed of Fall colors over the Monroe Lake in Mont-Tremblant National Park two hikers came to see how nice the view was.  The upper part of the rolling hills was partly covered in snow while the valley floor had its golden tree with most leafs on.  I agreed with them, this was awesome.

2015-10-17-0031-PanoHow to Ask Peoples to Step in your landscape shot?

I am naturally shy.  I always tend to avoid these situations.  I have developed an 8 steps method that get me nearly 100% success rate when times come to ask someone to get in the shot.  Here how I proceed:

  • Start with a general comment on the beauty of the landscape;
  • Ask if this is their first time here;
  • Tell them about my participation to a Photo Club;
  • In that particular situation, I told them I was enrolled in a contest;
  • Offer them to be part of the picture and promise to send it by email;
  • Show them some pictures taken previously using my cellphone;
  • Direct them in order for them to blend appropriately in the shot;
  • Take the picture and their email address.

This usually serves me very well.  In this picture, I really like the end result.  This picture is a panorama that I started on the right end side pivoting to the left side toward the hand rail.  So they saw me take multiple pictures in sequence.  When I offered them to stand by the handrail to be part of the panorama – looking into it.  They immediately agree.

By proceeding like this, I have two distinct pictures available to me.  I can crop them out easily and keep the whole landscape or leave them in as needed.  I find the picture to be far more engaging with peoples enjoying the landscape in front of them.

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Follow through on your engagement and send the picture

The next step is also very important.  Follow through on your engagement and send the picture to them.  Preferably within 24 hours.  In my email to them I asked for permission to publish the picture and I joined a link to a post that is similar to the one I want to create.

Then, when the post is ready, I send another link to the post and make sure they post it on their social network.  As such my picture gets more publicity.

The last step consists on getting the picture in a special folder on my phone so I can show future “peoples” samples of my work.

I usually follow through at this time with a document for them to sign should I want to use it commercially.

Do you get Someone in your Landscape Photos?

Getting somebody in the picture gives a sense of scale that otherwise would be missing.  In this particular situation, having them look at the panorama makes the picture so much more interesting.

Final Word on getting Peoples in your Pictures

Landscape photography is often taken at rather wide angle.  Make sure you pay attention to the following:

  • Wide-angle lenses are less forgiving. By keeping your subjects a few meters away, you avoid most of the distortion associated with it;
  • Doing a panorama with a wide-angle lens might be prone to parallax problems. Follow my guidelines on Shooting a Panorama to avoid parallax issues;
  • Smile! This alone increase your chances tenfold.

Do you include peoples in your landscape pictures?  Why do you include peoples?  Give me some more reasons to do so in the comments space below.