Adding the Human Element


Father and son at Huntington Beach California

Landscapes always seemed better to me in the past without people in the images. However, I’ve discovered that adding a human element can increase the drama, interest and creative energy of your landscapes. Also, adding people can bring balance, scale or originality which allows you to ultimately create a one of a kind image. One example of balance is in the image below – the couple capturing a selfie is at the rule of thirds position.


“Selfie at the Beach” – I was waiting for this couple to move from the image of the pier at Huntington Beach when one of them pulled out a cell phone I realized that this was just the extra drama needed to complete the image.


Surfer at Huntington Beach CA, which is also known as “Surf City USA”


Boy Scouts at Upper Falls at Old Man’s Cave add an extra element of interest to one of the areas most photographed waterfalls.

So get out there an shoot landscape images and don’t be afraid to add the human element.

Got any ideas about adding the “human element” to landscape images, leave them in the comments below.

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About Bruce Wunderlich

Bruce Wunderlich is a photographer from Marietta, Ohio. He became interested in photography as a teenager in the 1970s, and has been a passionate student of the art ever since. Bruce recently won Photographer’s Choice award and Grand Prize at the 2015 Shoot the Hills Photography Competition in the Hocking Hills near Logan, Ohio. He has also instructed local classes in basic digital photography. Check out Bruce’s photos at Flickr
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