A nice little list of things to take in consideration on your next Outdoor Photography Trip:
1. Take your time, open your mind to your surrounds and look past the obvious.
2. Have a flexible schedule: most of the times you will depend on the weather.
3. Try many different shoots of the same scene varying the composition & focal points.
4. Determine a point of interest – what will draw the viewer’s attention?
6. Sample different viewpoints, from ground level to the highest viewpoint you can find and remember small variations can make substantial improvements.
7. Get it right on location. Don’t hope for improvements in editing.
8. Always have your camera ready to go.
9. Don’t shy away from shooting in volatile weather as this can provide the most fascinating light.
10. Interesting light = interesting image.
11. Using a tripod will make your images sharper.
12. Sunrise & sunset are great times to shoot, however don’t rule out pre-sunrise. The soft light of dawn can provide excellent conditions for longer exposures.
13. Pack food, water and protective clothing – you don’t want to head back and miss the best light because you’re cold or hungry. Also, make sure you enough memory storage, plenty of battery life and lens cleaning gear.
14. Use a remote for shots with even slightly longer shutter speeds, as pressing the button will cause the camera to move.
15. Get walking. The moment you go where cars can’t go you’re far more likely to find places you haven’t seen shot by someone else.
16. Connect with the environment you’re shooting in. Learn it’s geographical & cultural history but most importantly immerse yourself in it and understand its different moods.
17. Different weather suits different landscapes. The diffused light in overcast conditions can be great for glaciers. And rain or mist can be great in rainforests to avoid a blown out canopy.
18. Study other Outdoor Photography legends and artists for technical and visual inspiration.
19. Know your camera’s settings back-to-front, so when the opportunity comes you’re ready to capture the moment.
20. Don’t always try and fit everything into your composition, focus on 2 or 3 of the most interesting elements.
21. Look for something to give perspective, particularly with mountains or vast landscapes.
22. Be prepared to wait awhile for the best light.
23. Aim to include an element of drama. Any moment such as wind in the trees, waves crashing or water flowing can provide a sense of drama.
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