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Scott Kelby's Digital Photography Tips: Amplifying Size in Your Landscape Images

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Scott Kelby shares a simple trick to give your images a huge sense of scope, even though the foreground and background objects may only be 100 feet apart.
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This is an old trick we use to give our landscape images a real sense of size and scope. It’s going to sound amazingly easy, but it happens to work amazingly well. The trick is to first use a wide-angle lens, then position yourself so there’s something right in your foreground (a rock or a series of rocks, a small tree, a flower, etc.), and then you get in nice and close to it. When you take the shot, it makes it look as though there’s a lot of distance between that rock and objects in the background, and it gives your images this huge sense of scope, even though the rock and background objects may only be 100 feet apart. Try it the next time you’re out, and you’ll be surprised at the “bigness” this brings to your landscape images.

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