Darn People in My Photo! Not!
I’m sure I’m not the only photographer to mumble under their breath as someone enters their landscape photos. I learned long ago though that most folks don’t stay in the same spot for five minutes so simply waiting often takes care of the issue. And then again, there is that thing called Photoshop which is a very effective tool for removing unwanted folks from our photo. But can we turn this negative into a positive in our photography?
Especially if you’re in the commercial end of landscape photography, having folks in your photo is a huge plus. We have made a lot of editorial sales of well-known locales because we did have people in the photo. In part because of so many photographers want those photos without folks. Showing our wild heritage being loved is a money maker (and shows those folks for getting in our photos)! But what about including them to give our photo scale, a sense of size? Shooting in Arches last week with the Z7 / Z24-70 (with the Silent Shutter in action so folks don’t know I’m shooting), I used people to let you know the physical size of the arches. And with the Z7 / Z24-70, it was really simple to bring extra drama to the photo by underexposure and shooting B&W which the Z7 excels at. And thinking this all through, you might enjoy your shoot more not worrying if folks are in your photo. Darn people in my photo! Not!