Creative Composition Tip: Include People in Your Pictures!

by Linda Eodice

Silhouetted Spectators at Aquarium
Silhouetted Spectators at Aquarium
© Linda Eodice
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People are everywhere! It seems as though every time we go to public places to take pictures, swarms of people appear. You can either wait for them to get out of the way of the scene you want to shoot, or you may even consider including them in your compositions.

Instead of waiting until these crowds of spectators left this fish tank at a popular aquarium, I decided to include them in the foreground and photograph them in silhouette. The tank was brightly illuminated, so it was easy to expose for the bright background, thus rendering the crowd as dark silhouetted shapes. If you can show people enjoying a scene youíre photographing, it may add to the overall appeal. In many ways, I think that this image is even more interesting with the people crowded around to see this exhibit than it would be without them.

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About Author / Instructor / Photographer, Linda Eodice
Photography Instructor: Linda EodiceThe author of Photos That Inspire, Lynne Eodice teaches a number of excellent online classes for BetterPhoto.com (see the current course listing below.) She is also the former Feature Editor for Petersenís PHOTOgraphic.

A native of Southern California, Lynne was educated at Pasadena City College and Cal Poly Pomona. Her love of photography began after her husband gave her a 35mm SLR as an anniversary gift. She began her career as a feature writer & photographer for local newspapers that included Pasadena Weekly and The Herald Tribune.

Besides having articles and photos published regularly in PHOTOgraphic, she has contributed to Rangefinder, Digital Photographer and California Tour & Travel, as well as PHOTOgraphicís Buyerís Guide, Big Book of Photography and Family Photo magazines. Her images have appeared in a popular instructional book called The Complete Idiotís Guide to Photography, and she has marketed her stock photos through Index Stock Imagery in New York.

Lynne has exhibited her fine-art scenic photography at Kolb Studio and the visitorís center at Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, at Occidental College in Eagle Rock, California, and at venues throughout the San Gabriel Valley. In addition, she has taught many classes, seminars and workshops.

In the fall of 2007, she was honored as one of the Women Achievers in the San Gabriel Valley in Business Life magazine.

Lynne currently lives with her husband, Dennis and their dog, Chiquita in Altadena, California.