PLANNING IS POWER
Creating unique landscape compositions can be difficult, especially when you’re spoiled for choice
a big challenge faced by landscape photographers is isolating a single subject, amongst the plethora of framing possibilities you might find at a location. Pawel adopts a classic strategy to solving this problem. “i always try to be on location as early as possible, at least two hours before sunrise or sunset, so i can enjoy the place and feel it before i start taking any pictures,” he explains. “i have time to walk around, to look for some point of interest or to just sit down and watch the changing light. i usually know what i am going to photograph before i go, as i do some research at home. Knowing my main subject, i look for something which can lead the eye to it. Sometimes, when i find myself in a situation where it’s difficult to find a strong composition, i try to make it up by catching great light.” By leaving time to explore all of the possible perspectives, Pawel is able to better match his pre-imagined creative vision, resulting in a more efficient and less stressful photoshoot. this demonstrates how good use of time yields more successful shots. His approach also enables him to better enjoy his surroundings and create a connection with the scene.