6 Tips for Scouting Landscape Photography Locations

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Think About Timing and Conditions
While some spots can work under many different types of conditions, a particular time of day or year might show off a place particularly well. Whenever I visit a place, I try to think through what conditions might work the best for what I want to achieve with my photographs. What time of day might work best (including what parts of a landscape will be front-lit or back-lit when I plan to return)? What times of year might offer better or different options? Would stormy skies or colorful light complement this landscape the best? Do I need a sky full of clouds or might clear skies work? In addition to your own observations, phone apps like the Photographer’s Ephemeris or Photo Pills can also be helpful in understanding how attributes of your scene, like the angle of the sun at a particular time of year, might be beneficial.  By working through these considerations, you increase your knowledge of a spot and potentially your ability to photograph it successfully.

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