Nature photography refers to a wide variety of photography taken in the open and dedicated to displaying natural elements such as landscapes, wildlife, plants, even people who live in such areas and close-ups of natural scenes and textures. Nature photography tends to put a stronger importance on the visual value of the photo than other photography genres, such as that of photojournalism and documentary photography.
Nature photography also includes the fields of, and is sometimes considered an overarching category including wildlife photography, landscape photography and garden photography.
Nature photographs are used in scientific, travel and cultural magazines such as National Geographic Magazine, Audubon Magazine and National wildlife magazine to name a few. Other more exact magazines such as Outdoor Photographer and Nature’s Best Photography also often find use of nature photographers. Well known nature photographers include Frans Lanting, Galen Rowell, Eliot Porter and Art Wolfe.
But keep in mind nature photography is not something that has no other significance except to look pretty. If nature photography is such that it is merely ornamental and does little except illustrate pretty pictures to put on a wall, then that is a huge disservice to both the public and nature. That reduces nature photography to simply utilization and spending. It is important that in the underlying messages in the pictures we present nature as worth more than that
This is by no means to imply that nature photography is not about pretty scenes and photos. Aesthetics is after all a huge part of any art and on the surface if the photos are not pretty and well done they cannot grab attention. But the thing that actually hampers this art is about reducing nature photography to only that, so that photos never engage viewers with the world and help them observe new perspectives on it. They don’t try and experience the bubble of life held within the photo in a way so as to think of the picture as anything more than just the print at hand. Such photos too often allow people to look at nature from a suitable psychological distance and do not grasp people and bring them nearer to nature. That one wants to protect it or be involved with it more is not a possibility then.
Nature photography like almost all art forms is constantly evolving. So it naturally follows that one must try their level best keep track with the latest developments, be it cameras, software or sometimes something as extreme as flying drones or other aerial support.
Nature photographers are, in many ways, the eyes of the public especially in highly inaccessible places. Most people are not going to go regularly into the natural areas that they frequent, so the photos can offer the general public a way of seeing these places. The main goal should be to help people see nature with new eyes so that they see balance and connection within nature, so that they better understand how we all fit into this world.