7 Tips for Scouting Landscape Photography Locations

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3. Find a foreground element – This is one of the most important. As you’re out driving around, or even when you arrive somewhere for the first time, look for a good foreground. Once you know where the good light is going to happen, you’ve got to try to find a foreground element to include in the photo. I’m not going to say that every photo needs a strong foreground, but man does it help. As you look around, look for something to include in the foreground of whatever you’re shooting toward. Earlier in the week we had gone snow-mobiling, tubing, and drove around to a few different areas. As I drove, I was on a constant lookout for a cool looking fence, rock, lake (most were frozen), stream, tree, bridge, etc… Anything that I could put in front of the mountain range in the distance. Here’s a couple of examples. I really like the fence shot and I think it could have been strong, but there were a bunch of footprints along it that ruined the pristine view of the snow.

3b. If tip #6 doesn’t work, then put your zoom lens on and look for something cool. I did this when I saw some really great light hitting the mountains. I wasn’t in a place with a great foreground, so I figured I should at least capture what I could.

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