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