Should you place a person into your landscape photos?

A landscape isn’t just about nature. It is your interpretation of a scene that you are there to photograph. So why not include people?

A beautiful landscape can be complemented by a person running or jumping through the flowers… and it can also scale a scene to tell the person looking at your photo more of the true story that you are looking at.

But, while placing that person into the photo, remember the rule of thirds and place the person in an off-center position to create interest. The person may not be the point of interest, the landscape will be…

The creativity is in your mind… you can choose a fast shutter speed if you want to freeze the action or a slower shutter speed if you want to capture movement and create some motion. Maybe do what I did here… I asked Dave to stay still while I took a longer exposure shot of the waterfall. (Thanks Dave)

Regardless of whatever story you want to tell, never be afraid to place a person into your landscape image.

This is one of the topics I always discuss on my workshops. Please visit our Canadian Workshop page to see the stunning landscapes we are visiting in 2016 and 2017.


Kevin A Pepper

Kevin is a photographer and educator based in Waterloo, Ontario. His first love is photographing nature, regardless of the season or weather condition; the Ontario landscape and its wildlife are his inspiration. But you will also see other styles of photography in his portfolio. From street photography to urban exploration of abandoned buildings and architecture, he loves to capture it all with his camera for his corporate clients and his growing personal portfolio. Kevin’s images have been featured in Canadian Nature Photographer, PHOTONews Canada, Photo Technique Magazine, The London Free Press, The Weather Network, and National Geographic Online. His diverse client list includes the City of Cambridge, Olympus, GORE Mutual, TVO, and African Lion Safari. Kevin also operates “Northof49 Photography”, a company launched in 2012 dedicated to teaching amateur photographers through International and Canadian-based workshops. In the coming year, Kevin will be leading workshops in Iceland, Mongolia, Tanzania, Venezuela, Provence, and numerous destinations across Canada. Website: