- In this movie, I wanna talk a little bit about the process of getting ready for this type of shoot. That is, where you go out and you photograph a landscape with a person in it. Now one of the best places to begin is, with landscape photography itself, you wanna think about what makes a landscape photograph good. Now of course it's the beauty, it's the scene, it's the serenity, but why is that? I like how the famous landscape photographer David Ward puts it. He says the three essential elements to all good landscape photographs are simplicity, mystery, and beauty.
And I think simplicity, it's just that it's very clear and you understand the landscape. Mystery, it's that you don't tell too much but just enough. And then there's beauty. I love how Helen Keller talks about beauty. She says the most beautiful things in the world, they can't be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart. And so in landscape photography, what we need to do is to be really present. We need to listen to the landscape and ask ourself, well, what is it making us feel? We need to sit still long enough so that we can be filled with awe, so that that sense of awe fills our frames.
And this part of location scouting and kind of preparing your own mindset is really essential because once the person arrives, all of a sudden, there'll be a different energy and a different thought process. So, what you and I need to do is to get familiar with the place where we're going to work. Think about it, listen to it. What is it about that place that speaks to you? Is it the serenity of the water? Is it the curving lines? Is it the fragility? Is it the majesty or whatever it is? And then once you've prepared yourself in that way, then to start to think about, well, how the subject fit into the scene so that they're not just standing in front it like a postcard shot but so that they're really part of the scene, so that it shows us the sense of scale.
That's one of the important things that people do in landscape photographs. When we have a person in that image, we see, wow, that person is that small and look at how big and beautiful the world really is. So in regards to getting prepared for the shoot, what I did was I came out a few days ago and I just sat down. I spent an hour or so here just thinking, looking, and watching. And that is an essential part of the process if you wanna create a strong photograph that has a landscape and also a person in it, when you're combining these two different genres into one.