Picture by Lee Massingham
When you’re outside, take any opportunity to observe your surroundings. Look for places that you think might make a good or interesting picture. Also, don’t shy away from the obvious. You might not want to go for the cliché, however this can provide a good practise for later projects.
2. Plan ahead
Now that you have your ideal location, plan out your picture. Not only should you plan for the objects that you wish to include, but on a more technical side, think about perspective, lighting, timing and the weather.
It might also be wise to plan out what you don’t want to include in the picture.
3. Be prepared
This goes without saying. I personally always have either a camera or my phone with me, in case I come across something beautiful. If you specifically go out to take pictures, do not forget to include an extra set of batteries, and possibly a notepad to make useful notes for future reference.
4. Be patient
Especially with outdoor photography, you’re pretty much dependent of the weather. In this case you might want to consider other locations or projects on the side.
5. Be realistic
You might not get the perfect picture with your first shot. This is why I always take multiple pictures, from different angles, with different perspectives and lightings, to save myself the disappointment if I see my pictures haven’t turned out the way I wanted. You might even end up with a better picture, or at least some inspiration for the next set.