As any photographer knows, good images are often the result of careful planning.

While it’s true that sometimes the best images are indeed spontaneous, planning ahead does have some clear advantages. By planning ahead, you’ll know when to go –and where to go, and what type of gear to bring along; helping to increase your chances of creating some eye-catching images. Additionally, if there’s a particular type of image that you have in mind, planning ahead will give you the best shot at capturing it!

Whether you’re planning to shoot some landscapes in your own local area, or are preparing to travel out of town, here’s a look at a few things that you can do ahead of time to help increase your chances of photography success.
Tips for Planning a Landscape Photography Outing


Choosing the best time of day can make all the difference when it comes to landscape photography. The time of year and overall lighting conditions will also help you to determine which gear to bring along. When it comes to night photography –and capturing the moon or star trails, it’s especially important to plan ahead. Determine first the type of images you’re after, and then plan your shoot accordingly. For instance, star trails require longer exposures, and ideally, a new moon –so the sky is completely dark and the stars can be seen. On the other hand, though, moon photography requires the moon to be visible in the sky! Finally, blue hour and golden hour are other sought-after, yet fleeting, times of day for landscape images. Be sure to plan accordingly and try to arrive on-site early so that you’re ready to start shooting as soon as the lighting changes.


Be sure to get ahold of an app like Golden Hour to find out when blue hour and golden hour will be in your location. PhotoPills, which is a pay-for app, is another good option if you’re serious about landscape photography. This app will show you the position of the sun, moon, and Milky Way; in addition to sunset and sunrise times, moon phases, and more. It’s a great tool for planning your landscape shoots.

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