It is true that you can do photography everywhere and every time, even the crappier place can turn into an amazing photo. But if you keep shot at that place all the time. You know what coming…you grow tired of it. It’s happened to all of us. Eventually, you want to find another place. But how to find it? These are 5 tips on finding a location for landscape photography.
When it comes to photography the pre-processing is necessary and that included researching your photo location. It not only works for landscape photography but many other kinds of photography also. But for now, I only want to focus on landscape photography.
1. What do you Want
The question of life, isn’t it? what do you want? It’s come to asking yourself what do you want to shoot. Probably urban landscape, or mountain, or seascape, or any other kind. You can find an idea from searching for landscape photography made others that you find inspiring on the internet and try to make a similar thing. Then you can use that location for your photo, but if it is too far you can use a location that is similar to it.
Basically, ask yourself, “what do I want to photograph?”
2. Check Google Maps
Internet is our best friend. You don’t have to buy a map to research a location. You can always open your map online. And my recommendation is Google Maps.
Find a location you want to shoot. For example, I’m open Google Maps and search Jurassic Coast in the U.K. Never been there, but if I ever go to England, this is the place I want to be. I can see how it looks geographically and imagine the place in my head and bring out my photography idea.
What I usually do is look at earth mode (there’s the option on the left side), so I can imagine better. Instead of using a map and the only thing I look line.
3. Check Other Photographer
If you want to imagine the place better, then you can simply find others who have been there. It is always easy for me to imagine a place for photography when I look at the photo taken by another photographer. Not only you can imagine far better, but you can also make a new idea to make when you come there. To be inspired by it.
4. Check the Light
One thing that is important in landscape photography is the light. It means natural light that comes from the sun. And it gonna come out differently in any place at any time.
Just imagine this, for example, you’re on the beach and you can see the sunrise there. Then you want to see the sunset, there isn’t any. Why? That is because the light source, the sun, is on the other side where you can’t see from. And that is why you need to do research on it. Isn’t stupid to go to the beach to photograph the sunset, and then realize you will never see the sunset there, ever.
One recommendation on light research is The Photographer’s Ephemeris. This app allows you to look for natural light sources in a location. You can know where the sunrise and sunset gonna come from. Very useful and used by any photographer.
5. JUST GO OUTSIDE
This is the easiest way to find a location. Just go outside. Walk around or travel of some kind. You usually end up finding an amazing spot. And then when you find it you can do all thing I just explain. Be vigilant, be creative, and above all be yourself to create your own amazing landscape photography. Or any other kind.