The landing of NASA’s newest rover, Curiosity, on the Mars landscape marks another small step for the American space agency, but it represents one giant leap for photographers everywhere.
Landscape photographers, in particular, have reason to cheer, for certainly Mars’ landscape offers a new set of challenges from the now rather repetitive roster of slow-motion seascapes and fields of autumn mist that populate online photo galleries.
Mars has long the final frontier for the tapped-out landscape photographer. Anyone who has visited some of Earth’s best photo locations fantasized about the day when technology (and ISO ranges) would let us photograph the deserts of our deserted neighbour in the Milky Way.
So it was with great anticipation we followed the journey of Curiosity. And surely we at Digital Camera World can’t be alone in raising a concerned eyebrow at the quality of what we’ve seen?
Let’s face it: landscape photography isn’t rocket science. Which is all the more shocking when viewing some Mars landscape photos beamed back from Curiosity.
How quickly the euphoria of this great triumph of engineering wore off when seeing such consistently poor composition, exposures and use of white balance!
Were no landscape photographers consulted when calibrating Curiosity’s camera to shoot photos of the Martian landscape?
We’ll check our Junk Mail folder here at Digital Camera World, but we don’t think we had an email from NASA. If we had been asked, we’ve compiled 6 easy tips you can use for making sure all your Mars landscape photos are keepers.
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