6 Tips for Using People in Your Landscape Photos

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Mirror Your Landscape

A great way to add interest to your image is to have your model and your landscape mirror one another as much as possible. This can be done in an infinite number of ways, but a few ideas are below:

  • Have your model standing in silhouette next to the silhouette of a leafless tree
  • Choose the color of the flowers in your landscape for your model’s clothing
  • Find a model whose hair is the same color as the wheat, or the bark of the tree, or the dark soil in the fields
  • Have your model mimic the shapes around them in their pose

Of course, you don’t have to do this with a model that you direct. If you are in an area that sees some footfall, you could consider waiting for the perfect person to walk by.

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Contrast Against Your Landscape

The opposite of mirroring the landscape, this option intends to provoke interest by having a direct contrast. Against a white pier disappearing into a pale ocean, you could have a figure dressed all in black. Amongst the natural greens of a forest, find a model dressed in metallic clothing. Where all the plants and flowers are blooming and flourishing, have your model stand rigid and stiff.

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