One of the first things I learned that really drove this home was the idea of context. By this I mean, creating a frame of reference that lends scale to the image. When we do this, we’re giving our viewer a reference point, a visual scale that communicates the relative size of the objects we’ve captured in the frame.
For example, I have included an image of people trekking in the Karakoram Mountains of Pakistan. These mountains are some of the youngest and tallest in the world and they are massively rugged. To help convey that massiveness, I photographed the trekkers from a distance with the mountains in the background. In the resulting image, the trekkers appear dwarfed by the mountains. So much so, that it’s easy to miss them entirely!