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100 Tips Landscape - #01 Preparation


“Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer, and often the supreme disappointment.” – Ansel Adams 

In this series of weekly blog posts I will share my top 10 tips broken down into 10 stages for better landscape shots. This will reveal my top 100 tips for landscape photography.  

If you can't wait the 10 weeks to read them all, or would prefer to have them in pocket handbook to refer to when in the field then you can purchase the Photography Made Easy Pocket Handbook for Landscape photography. Pocket Handbook Series

#01 Preparation

Plan and have a backup

  1. Practice your skills locally first, find a place you can visit easily.
  2. Check weather/tide forecasts regularly for conditions that suit.
  3. Use the ‘The Photographers Ephemeris’ to check where the sun rises.
  4. Research the location and look at photos taken there for ideas and spots
  5. Ideally visit a location first, without camera, just to scout the best spots.
  6. Prepare a shot list before you go, but be open to adapting things.
  7. Stay overnight near the location so you are there early & refreshed.
  8. Try to shoot early morning or late evening if you can for the best light.
  9. Let someone know where and when you are going.
  10. Have a fully charged phone with you, but be aware signal can vary

There are many things that don’t go according to plan, especially the weather, so be prepared to have a ‘plan b’ and backup locations to shoot at if travelling.