Planning Versus Reacting

Scouting and planning are time-honoured traditions for landscape photographers and, no doubt, are vitally important for bringing a scene to its fullest potential. However, flexibility is the key to successful photography. Unique among art forms, it relies on spontaneity and the magic of the moment. Ian Plant shares his advice on the subject

Before making a photograph, I like to spend some time scouting a location, trying to get a sense of its potential. I walk around, assessing the possibilities, sometimes even taking out my camera and peering through the viewfinder to try to get a handle on the best angles and places to stand. I catalogue mentally the abstract shapes which emerge from the natural features of the landscape, and imagine what they might...

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Ian Plant is a full time professional nature photographer, writer, and adventurer. His work has appeared in numerous magazines, books and calendars, and he is a frequent contributor to Popular Photography and Outdoor Photographer magazines, among others.

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