One of the first things I learned that really drove this home was the idea of context. By this I mean, creating a frame of reference that lends scale to the image. When we do this, we’re giving our viewer a reference point, a visual scale that communicates the relative size of the objects we’ve captured in the frame.
For example, in the image to the right, there’s a tiny boat anchored in the bay. The boat isn’t really that small, but the landscape in which it sits is so large, that it dwarfs the boat. This gives the brain something to reference and lends the image scale. If the boat is that small, imagine how tiny the people in it would be! Now you’ve got a sense of the size of this part of the Dalmatian Coast where the Adriatic meets the Velebit Mountains.
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