There are a number of things to consider when getting ready for an outdoor photo shoot, and the season you’re shooting in will dictate some of it. Questions you should consider are: What’s the current temperature? What’s the weather forecast for the shoot day and the rest of the week? What time is sunrise and sunset? What gear will I take? Will there be insects trying to take a blood sample from me? What should I do to combat that? Should I pre-scout my photo location? And the biggest question for a photographer with a family: When can I fit my photo shoot in? Let’s explore some of these questions.
Not everyone pre-scouts a location. These types of shooters grab their gear and go, and let their sense of adventure guide them. This can be a hit and miss approach, where sometimes you’ll come away with a prize-winning photo, and other times you won’t. I used to be a go-with-the-flow shooter, but many missed opportunities changed my habits to be one that pre-scouts a location now. The advantage to pre-scouting a location is that you can see where the sun will rise and set on your intended landscape, and what features will be best portrayed in certain light. Knowing your subject will help you create the best story possible in your composition. Then you can revisit the site during that time (sunrise or sunset) and get that winning shot.
To read more of Roy Ramsay’s column “Preparing for Your Outdoor Photo Shoots” please pick up the Spring/Summer 2015 issue of OPC today, or subscribe to never miss an issue!