Ensuring You’re up Before First Light
When it comes to lining up that perfect landscape shot, it’s mostly down to timing it perfectly with the right lighting… and that can only happen if you wake up, grab a coffee and head out before that light happens.
2. Become Familiar With Your Destination
It’s always a good idea to scout out your desired location, to ensure you’re going after the right composition and to become familiar with the popularity of said destination.
The biggest frustration most photographers face is locations being too crowded… even at stupidly early hours in the morning, or during the witching hour.
3. Allow Other Photographers to Invoke Inspiration
Don’t look at other photographers on your travels and think “they are so much better than me” … Travel photography isn’t a competition, it’s a way to invoke emotion through the art created with a lens!
Instead use other photographers work to become inspired! There might be a way a certain photographer photographs a certain landscape… or uses that ingenious camera trick! Just don’t compare yourself to the ‘professionals’
4. Talk to People About the Location
If you’re in an unfamiliar place or you know very little about the place you’re going to be photographing, it always pays off to be nice to locals and ask for advised landscapes.
The key to photography is to know as much about the landscape you’re photographing! Even the most experienced trekkers don’t know about the possibly hidden locations of some landscapes… only the knowledge of the true locals will know of them.
5. Keep it Light
When trekking for greater distances, make sure to keep everything light-weight.
The last thing you want to be carrying is a massive DSLR with a huge array of lenses….
Remember you’ll be carrying your hiking gear, along with your photography equipment.
However, it’s always important to make sure all focal lengths are covered within a reasonable packing weight… So ensure your lenses aren’t all over 1kg each, as your back will really pay the price.
6. Don’t be Afraid to Venture off The Beaten Track
Most photographers will just stick to the man-made paths and wonder why their shots are “the same as others” … well, it’s kind of obvious what the problem is… You need to get creative and discover new perspectives.
Remember to research your location in great depth and always carry a map of some sort! Most hiking watches have GPS capability now and will actually map out routes for your chosen distances.
Making sure you can read a map and plan a journey is always a good back-up… you know, incase technology fails or your battery runs out!