You don’t need to invest lots of money in the best photography gear to shoot great landscape images. What you need is opportunity, and one of the best ways to get this is to go on a photography road trip. Revisiting the same places over and over can lead to overfamiliarity and complacency. So, if you suspect staleness in your work, look at a map and begin planning an adventure. Nothing will get your creative juices flowing better than visiting exciting new places, with viewpoints you’ve never seen before, which you can photograph with fresh eyes.
For this assignment, you don’t necessarily have to go far, or be away for more than a day or two-you just need to photograph new places. Much will depend on time and budget. Beforehand, do a little homework on the area you intend visiting. Research potential viewpoints using Google Images or other apps, such as PhotoPills or The Photographer’s Ephemeris. This will help you plan where to go and ensure you are efficient with your time. However, avoid simply replicating the most popular shots you see online.
The idea of this assignment is to reignite your creativity and innovation-not simply to “collect” new viewpoints. Even if the weather forecast isn’t good, you should still go. Adapt to the conditions and persevere. You are sure to return home with some great, fresh images, and some stories to tell.
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- Creative photography is not something you should rush. Setting aside time to take photos, without distraction, is key to your development. You will find the experience of going away with your camera liberating, fulfilling, enjoyable, and productive.
- You don’t need to take lots of photos for a trip to be considered successful. Always prioritize quality over quantity. Challenge yourself to return with, say, five photographs you are genuinely pleased with. Print your favourite.
- Smartphone apps, such as PhotoPills or The Photographer’s Ephemeris
- Camping will allow you to set up close to your dawn location, minimize travel and cost, and maximize sleep!If you don’t fancy camping, try a hostel, Airbnb, or guesthouse, or rent a camper van for a couple of days.
- Don’t take more kit than you need. Travel light, so you have the freedom to walk further and explore more.