Landscapes are a favorite subject for many photographers, but like other types of nature photography it can be quite challenging. You don’t have control over elements like the weather, you can’t move things like mountains and trees to create the perfect composition, and you may need to travel a bit to reach your destination. But these challenges can make landscape photography all the more rewarding when things fall together.
1. Prioritize Planning
Being at the right place at the right time is a huge part of landscape photography. In order to do that you will need to find places that you want to photograph and determine when the lighting and weather is likely to be ideal.
There are a lot of online resources and apps that can help in this area. If you are looking to identify good places to photograph you can turn to countless photography forums and solicit advice from others. You can search sites like Flickr and 500px to find great locations. If you’re in the United States you can turn to the state guides at Loaded Landscapes that list all of the best places to photograph in each state.
Once you know where you want to go you can start to watch the weather forecasts or research the best time of year to go there. Apps like The Photographer’s Ephemeris make it easy to see the location of sunrise and sunset for any day so you can plan ahead.
If you start to put time and effort into planning your landscape photography outings you will certainly get more out of your time in the field.