Scale

Including a familiar object in a scene provides a sense of scale. Choose reference objects that we instinctively know the size of, like people or vehicles.

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Most people have the ability to recognize familiar objects and their relative sizes, even if there is a small margin of error. The person by the flag pole gives us a sense of scale allowing us to estimate the height of the lighthouse or the rock it is standing on.

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With no recognizable reference, it is difficult to estimate how tall the finger is.

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Add some people and the size of the fingers becomes easier to determine.

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