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opgr

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The exception with landscape photography
« on: February 13, 2018, 12:16:42 PM »

Pondering the requirements for the different genres of photography it occurred to me that each form seems to have one distinct requirement that makes or breaks the photo, yet that requirement usually isn't technical perfection. In most genres a good photo can have technical deficiencies, except for that one distinct element. For example: reportage photography needs to be factual, but it certainly doesn't need to be technically perfect, just as street photography needs to be compositionally appealing, but can certainly withstand sharpness issues etc. or it needs a strong story, for example. Macro photography requires centersharpness, but not necessarily corner-to-corner sharpness or DoF.

Clearly, the more elements that are perfected, the better the result might be, but it usually or mostly isn't required at all. That is: except for landscape photography. It seems landscape is one of the few genres where any one of the individual elements that contribute to technical perfection and aesthetic appeal, can make or break a photo.

Any thoughts?
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Re: The exception with landscape photography
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2018, 01:30:51 PM »

In landscape photography you definitely have the fewest places to hide. In nearly all cases the subject isn't moving. While the light can change quickly, the basic parameters of the bearing of sunrise/set and the forces involved with the weather are pretty predictable with modern tools.

So it is pretty much you with the camera on the tripod and the bemused muse smirking as it says "Ok, there it is and here you are. What can you do with it?"

It is the challenge that draws us to the game...
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