5 Tips For A Stress-Free Landscape Shoot

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It’s easy to get overwhelmed when going out to shoot if you’re not prepared before hand. In this video I share 5 tips that have helped me not stress out when going out to shoot my landscape images.

If you have a tip or suggestion that helps you keep your cool, share it in the comments below. I’d love to hear what you have to say :)

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1. Plan ahead

This one is really key and it’s to do as much research about the location as possible to help mitigate any possible problems you might find:

  • Look online to see if anyone has shared their experiences of shooting at that location in blog posts or in image descriptions on places like 500px or Flickr
  • Can you see it on a google street view to get your bearings before you arrive
  • Is there parking, do you have to pay to get in or is it free parking, are there time restrictions on how long you can park there
  • Where’s the light going to coming from, when is the sunrise or sunset time

2. Get there early

Learn from my mistakes and make sure you get to your location earlier than you need to be:

  • If you plan on shooting at 6am, aim to get there for 5am
  • You never know if you’re going to hit traffic or bad weather, maybe you forget something and have to go back
  • By having that extra time buffer it allows you slow down a little bit and not be rushing from the moment you leave

3. Have everything ready to go

Save yourself the hassle and rush before the shoot and get everything ready to go before hand:

  • Have it all done the night before, make sure all batteries are charge, memory cards are formatted, all your gear is clean and you have everything you think you’ll need so when it comes time to jump out the door all you have to do is grab your bag and go
  • It sounds simple but getting everything sorted the night before helps from cursing your “Past-Self” for insisting on watching another episode of House of Cards instead of packing your bag

4. Explore the location

Some of my favourite shots have been taken in the surrounding area of a location I went to shoot, so don’t forget to explore the area you’re shooting in:

  • You’d be surprised how many times you can find new and interesting places that people generally overlook because they go to get “The Shot” at a specific location
  • You won’t always find something but it’s a great practice to get in the habit of because there will come a time when you get a shot that’s better than the one you came out there for in the first place

5. Remember: Have Fun!

The most important thing is to remember to have fun:

  • If you don’t get a shot you like, remember, it’s ok! Sometimes there are things that are simply out of your control, especially in landscape photography. Mother nature is a fickle beast and she doesn’t care how much you plead for her to give you an amazing sunrise. So don’t stress about it. Sometimes things just don’t work out and you have to be ok with that.