Giving a Sense of Scale

Every once in a while, I will be showing someone a photo and I will get a question about size or scale. For example, "how big was that mesa?" Other times, it is too hard to convey the size and scale of the elements in an image. Think about photos taken of the redwoods and sequoias in California. Without something in the frame to give that perspective, it is hard for the viewer to get that sense of size. Fortunately, there are things we can have in a photo that can be an easy reference to the viewer. These things could be, people, animals or inanimate objects. Really any common item that would be familiar to the viewer. Consider the following image: There are really no clues in the ima

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