Who Does This Scene Need?

Yesterday’s tip suggested shooting street scenes in summer because more people are outside. You wouldn’t want to shoot an outdoor café scene that didn’t have diners, would you? Think about how this applies to other subjects as well.

If cafés need diners…

Hiking trails need hikers
Jogging paths need joggers
Bars need drinkers
Swings need swingers
Fishing piers need fishers
Campsites need campers…

I’m not suggesting that you can’t make good photos of these subjects without including people. However, you should always analyze the scene and determine what it needs to make the best photo. For some scenes, the missing element is often a person.

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