Portraits of Earth: An Introduction to Landscape Photography by David duChemin
There are two types of images that probably make up 90% the photographs we take. First are photos of people from formal portraits to party candids. Second, are photos of landscapes from fine art images displayed in museums to vacation snapshots. David duChemin’s new Craft and Vision ebook, Portraits of Earth: An Introduction to Landscape Photography, details the lessons a portrait photographer learned on his journey to becoming a landscape photographer.
In the introduction, duChemin explains, “When I began looking at my landscapes as portraits, I felt familiar ground under my feet. Sure, I was making portraits of different subject matter, but portraits all the same, and the same things that made compelling portraits of people were the same that made compelling portraits of Mother Earth.”
He begins the book with a discussion of the gear that he has found most useful for landscape work. In particular he discusses optics, tripods and filters. He emphasizes however that any camera from a smart phone to a high-end digital SLR can capture fine landscape images. The tools he talks about are aids to better realizing your vision.
In subsequent chapters, he lays out what he considers to be the primary considerations in composing a landscape photograph: light, line and land. Each of the sections is generously illustrated with Duchemin’s photographs from location around the world. He also includes pages of Tips & Tricks with practical ideas to for improving your photography.
Portraits of Earth is a valuable resource for anyone wanting to explore the possibilities of landscape photography. It is an excellent starting point for those just learning and a stimulating discussion for the more experienced photographer.
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