NATURE VS. LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY
I wish that all of nature’s magnificence, the emotion of the land, the living energy of place could be photographed. (Annie Leibovitz)
Photography, undoubtedly the most popular form of art, has many niches and crevices that are difficult to exactly dissect or separate from one another because they intertwine and overlap. Let’s clarify the essence of one of the most spectacular niches of photography and one of its sub-niches: nature and landscape photography.
- What is nature photography?
Nature photography encompasses a wide range of photography taken mostly, but not exclusively, outdoors. The subjects of nature photography are as numerous as God’s creations—from the modest lily of the field to a majestic humpback whale jumping off the water; from a tiny ant, lifting several times its own weight during its unending toiling, to the breathtaking black-and-white landscapes Ansel Adams captured in the wild north.
- What is landscape photography?
The subject of landscape photography is the planet Earth in all its infinite variety and grandiosity. It mostly involves natural landscapes although it can contain manmade structures and alterations of the biosphere. Landscape photography serves so much to the heritage that some of the photographers that dedicated their life to landscape photography have passed to us the mental imagery we have of our country, our continent, and our world. The very subject of this type of photography makes it use infinite depth of field and usually wide range lenses, to capture as much of the scenery as possible. The space for creativity is as wide as the ample expanses of our great country.
- Nature vs. Landscape photography. What’s the difference?
Landscape photography is a subset of nature photography. Whereas nature photography focuses on sequential and in-focus shots that may also be close-ups of both flora and fauna, landscape photography focuses on wide-angle shots of mountains, rivers, estuaries, seas, city skylines, and the likes. While nature photography has a documentary or a scientific purpose most of the time, landscape photography may serve any purpose such as promotional material for the tourism sector, a form of art, or even recreational use in visual stimulation of relaxing or inspiring environments. Nature photography, whether its subjects are animals, plants, habitats, or the great expanses of beauty that God created for our enjoyment is one of the most important and rewarding fields of photography. Landscape photography is a part of nature photography devoted to the great distances, clouds, sky, and space: it makes us feel humbled and thankful for the tiny space we have been granted in-between all those giants of Creation.
- The importance of a photographer
In the times we live in, anyone can take a quick shot with our phone camera and some may also film inaccessible before zones with drone and aerial photography. This is great since it democratizes the enjoyment of photography, but make no mistake: a professional photograph is what you need for serious projects. Especially in marketing, communication, and print industries, there are many technical details that may escape a user or go wrong and one usually understands the loss of time and resources only after a picture has been blown up. Making sure you evaluate the risk of your reputation well beforehand, few decide to go amateur in important projects and prefer to negotiate prices with a photographer.
Can you imagine a photo of a mountain stream taken with the wrong aperture, speed, or exposition time? Do you remember saying “I could have done it better”? … Professional photographers are artists with a solid grasp of complex equipment, optics, light, shutters, speed, and aperture. Before a photograph for-hire, and since it is the client that pays for, there’s no other alternative but excellence. Whether your project is a calendar for the promotion of tourism, a coffee table book about the coastal areas near your home, or an expensive mixed media campaign, be sure that Lost Art Studios will accompany your creation in accordance with your needs.