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Leave random people in pics of landmarks or no?

 
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Mar 17, 2015 14:29 |  #16

I think your wife thinks your pictures are odd because she remembers the people around. To her, the places were lively while the pictures are more or less deserted.

The pictures themselves don't look odd. As you say, tourists in Mickey Mouse shirts and flip flops just won't add to the picture.


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Mar 25, 2015 08:46 |  #17

I know I've found myself desaturating or changing the color of people's bright shirts.

This is a shot I took in Vietnam - lots of distortion, I know... best I could do. Also lots of people walking in and out... I wish it had no people. I chose the shot with the fewest people in the open doorways. I have been too lazy to go back and clone them out... didn't feel like the photo itself was worth the editing time: http://www.nathantpham​.com ...KQ3G/3/XL/_MG_2217-XL.jpgexternal link


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Mar 25, 2015 09:33 |  #18

coogee wrote in post #17490873 (external link)
I disagree, I think people not only bring scale but they can lead us into the picture. People walking into the castle in the first image would have done exactly this.

I've gone from being a people-cloning-out-addict to having a much softer stance now and often leave them in, humans are interesting too! and the relationship between them and the scene can really enrich not detract. That's all generalising of course, I'm sure there are many examples to support either view and each image would be different.

I wouldn't have a 'rule' on people but maybe consider including some, this is a tourist scene, as you said it is a 'landmark', maybe let some people admire it and be drawn to it within your frame?

I agree that sometimes people add to the pic. Most of my London pics have people in them just because it would look so odd without them. And in many cases, the people in the image are more interesting than the structure. This shot of Beamish would look weird with no people. We lucked out and caught a day when it was very uncrowded, so it looks deserted already with just these few folks in the image.

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Nathan wrote in post #17491159 (external link)
I know I've found myself desaturating or changing the color of people's bright shirts.

This is a shot I took in Vietnam - lots of distortion, I know... best I could do. Also lots of people walking in and out... I wish it had no people. I chose the shot with the fewest people in the open doorways. I have been too lazy to go back and clone them out... didn't feel like the photo itself was worth the editing time: http://www.nathantpham​.com ...KQ3G/3/XL/_MG_2217-XL.jpg (external link)

I've done the desat bit as well with pics where cloning wouldn't work and somebody had a glowing shirt or jacket. Your image is fine with those few people. I wouldn't have even paid attention to them if you hadn't mentioned it. They actually give an idea of scale, so better to leave them in.


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Littlejon ­ Dsgn
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Mar 25, 2015 11:22 |  #19

I guess a lot comes down to personal taste. The last time I was in Vegas I took several long exposures and blended out all people and cars from a few of the shots and I love those over the ones with lots of people and cars. I am also not a people person in my day to day life, so people in pictures (other then portraits) just dont do it for me.




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Mar 27, 2015 18:26 |  #20

People are easy to find and photograph, and most of humanity isn't that great to look at.
When the subject is special, adding the public in the scene usually detracts, to me.

I usually wait it out to eliminate or reduce traffic in a landscape.




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Mar 27, 2015 20:23 |  #21

Who's good at making instructional videos. Someone could make an intro to POTN AMASS tutorial


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Mar 27, 2015 23:01 |  #22

I think it depends on the landmark....a visit to the Grand Canyon....everyone knows its massive, but having the people in the shot added perspective....


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Mar 27, 2015 23:44 |  #23

^^^Have to agree with that shot. The people add to it.


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Mar 28, 2015 11:09 as a reply to jamstar35's post |  #24
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Nice pic! And I agree with this assessment; it's a breathtaking view either way, but people add great perspective.




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