The internet is packed with tips and techniques for taking high quality photographs, so rather than try and reinvent the wheel I’ve tried to collate a few basic concepts that might help anyone with a camera to refocus, find inspiration or resonate with.
All photos I’ve selected to appear alongside my tips were captured in Jotunheimen National Park, Norway. Norway is well known as the ‘Land of Giants’ and I hope these pictures go some way to explain why.
1. It’s All About Timing
Landscape photography is often about being in the right place at the right time, which makes it sound like luck.
I can assure you it’s not; you have to research and meticulously plan your trips to ensure you’re arriving at the right time, with the right gear and in the right location. You may then need to spend days on location before you capture the perfect shot.
2. Be Prepared to Rise Early
Put simply, there are two times of day that are best for wilderness photography: sunrise and sunset. It’s really that simple, so be prepared to rise early when necessary to catch that ideal light quality.
The sun rises in the east and sets in the west – think about which is going to light up the landscape better and adjust your location according.
3. Patience is a Virtue
Finally, wilderness photography is all about patience.
Camp exactly where you want to take the photos and think about your location with regard to other factors or threats. For example, I’ve so far had to pay attention to phenomena like avalanches, landslides and wind exposure. Ultimately, you want to find the best angle on your subject before setting up shop and waiting for the light – but not to the detriment of your personal safety.
Other benefits to careful planning and camping in location include keeping your gear sheltered from the rain. But more importantly you can sleep and wake up exactly where you plan to take pictures.