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Landscape shoot checklist

Here is a quick mental checklist – the six most important things to remember when shooting landscapes

1. Make sure you are well prepared. Good preparation reduces risk; your personal safety is the most important consideration when heading out into the wild to photograph a location. Look at sunrise, sunset time, and weather forecasts, make sure your phone is charged and someone knows where you are going and when you will be back. 

2. Equip for the job in hand. As well as making all your camera equipment checks, make sure you have all you need for the conditions and environment you will be shooting in. Good boots, warm gloves and a waterproof are essential items for shooting in the winter whilst you should never be without a sunhat, sun cream and plenty of water in the summer.

3. If you are new to an area research good spots for photography online before heading out. Contacting local camera groups is a great way to quickly access great shooting locations without the risk of getting lost. Alternatively utilise GPS co-ordinates of existing images to find good shooting locations

4. Take your time. Just because the scene in front of you is stunningly beautiful doesn't mean you can take a simple snap and be done. Carefully consider your composure; look at each element that makes up your image - foreground to background, the corners and the centre of your frame. This will help you make decisions on how you want the image to look. 

5. Bring a tripod. First, to keep your camera steady and allow slow shutter speeds. This means you can keep your ISO low and aperture small for front to back sharpness. Second, it slows down your work forcing you to consider each shot more carefully before taking the picture. Looking is very important in photography. The more you do the better your pictures will be.

6. Wait for the light. Once you have everything set-up be patient and wait for the perfect light. This might be a chink in the clouds or waiting for the sun to dip lower in the sky and changing from yellow to deep orange. Patience will almost certainly pay off in better quality images. It may even mean coming back another day.