3 Do your home­work

Make use of pop­u­lar apps as well as tra­di­tional maps to make your pre-shoot prepa­ra­tion count

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For­ward plan­ning is key for land­scape pho­tog­ra­phy, as you’re re­liant on the weather and light di­rec­tion be­ing just right. By re­search­ing lo­ca­tions thor­oughly at home, you’re more likely to be re­warded with favourable con­di­tions when you ar­rive with your Nikon. The Pho­tog­ra­pher’s Ephe­meris (TPE) and The Pho­tog­ra­pher’s Tran­sit (TPT) are two apps that are ideal plan­ning com­pan­ions. TPE dis­plays how the light will fall on the land at any time of day in any lo­ca­tion, so why not use it to work out the time and di­rec­tion of sun­rise and sun­set in your cho­sen spot? TPT, mean­while, pro­vides a great way to check if your planned fo­cal length will cap­ture your scene ef­fec­tively. But don’t ne­glect pa­per maps – as well as Google maps – in your lo­gis­ti­cal quest. Although they’re not as pock­etable as a phone, they can be spread out on a ta­ble to re­ally help you vi­su­al­ize a land­scape in more de­tail.

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