I love landscape artwork of any kind. It has always inspired a sense of adventure in me and prompted the most memorable trips of my life.
Here is my basic process for shooting landscapes:
- Be prepared to be tired, wet, cold, and/or dirty.
- Dress according to your weather and terrain
- Get up and ready well before sunrise.
- Go outside.
- Start walking (or driving).
- Keep going until you find some geometry (rock formations, buildings, forests, etc.) that catches your eye.
- Figure out why it caught your eye and check:
- Where is the sun coming up from? (Look east!)
- How is the light going to paint your geometry?
- Is the weather conducive to shooting?
- What's between you and your subject?
- If you're happy with the answers to the aforementioned questions - set up your gear. If you find anything lacking - keep moving.
- Be patient.
- As the light changes and grows, keep shooting and bracketing your exposure.
- Stay aware of your surroundings - the growing light may expose scenes that we hidden in shadow when you arrived.
One of the best pieces of advice I have received about shooting landscapes is this: geology and weather. If you have have rocks and clouds, you have the makings of a great landscape. The rest is up to you.
For shooting landscapes I usually pack the following: