LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS: LOCATION. LOCATION. LOCATION.
We kicked off the #landscapejuly blogs with a guide to all the type of kit many landscape photographer pack into their bags, and explained how it helps to achieve technically better images. Over the next few weeks we’ve gathered three more blogs covering how to maximise your shots, location pointers and shooting tips and tricks. Hopefully, these will help you hone your landscape photography, and have you shooting like a pro.
Scout your locations
Having a walk around your chosen location will allow you to work out the best places to position yourself to get the shots you want. It’s important to do this groundwork early, as you won’t want to waste your time when out shooting.
Shot by Diego Garín Martín with an Olympus E-M5 + M.9-18mm F4.0-5.6
Golden hour is the time before sunrise or sunset. Shooting at this time will often give you the best light to take shots of a landscape scene. Type your location and sunrise or sunset into Google and it’ll tell you the exact times for both, allowing you to plan your perfect landscape shooting trip.
Shot by Chris Thomson with an Olympus E-M10 + M.14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II R
Finding photo locations
When travelling to a location I know I’m likely to get a good day’s shooting, I like to go onto Google Maps and search the local area for good places to shoot. I also head over to Flickr and do the same there, although I do try to avoid the areas that are commonly shot by photographers. Another great tactic is to check the Ordnance Survey Landranger maps site:
This is packed with great areas you can shoot, and showcases some amazing photography too.
Shot by Paul Gardener with an Olympus E-M1 + M.14-150mm F4.0-5.6 II
Check the weather forecast
It sounds obvious, but if you know what the weather is going to be like you can adapt and change your location to suit your shooting. If it’s going to be scattered cloud with a fantastic sunrise and no wind it may be worth shooting a scene over water that’ll reflect the light and bring amazing colours to your image. If however it’s windy with dense cloud, then it’s possible a long exposure over a large hill or mountain will look best. By knowing how the day will turn out, you can better choose your settings