Disadvantages of Photoshoot Planning

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As I write this, I’m on the island of Guernsey, enjoying a family holiday. I have, of course, brought my camera kit with me and it is accepted that I will be disappearing early in the morning for dawn shoots and after dinner to try to capture the sunset. In between these key times I have agreed that the camera will stay behind and I’ll be sociable.

With limited time available for shooting, efficiency – and therefore, careful planning – is crucial. So, before we left, I put in some hours in front of the computer, using a combination of Google Maps and image library searches to identify key viewpoints and worked out the best times to visit by checking The Photographer’s Ephemeris. I also checked water levels using my favourite tide app and, since arriving, I have kept a close eye on various weather sites to make sure I visit my chosen locations in the best possible conditions.

When teaching or writing about photography, I usually stress the importance of this type of research to maximise your chances of success and ensure that you walk away from a shoot with the best pictures possible. Modern technology and the power of the internet means that, on the whole, there is no excuse for not being prepared.

It wasn’t always like this, however, and I can’t help wondering if easy access to all this information hasn’t taken some of the fun out of landscape photography and perhaps even diminished our creativity. Twenty or so years ago...

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Mark Bauer

Mark Bauer is one of the UK’s leading landscape photographers with work published worldwide. He is the author of 3 books, including ‘The Landscape Photography Workshop’ (with Ross Hoddinott).

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