There is a great sentence in photography, familiarity breeds success.
It’s one of the sentences that I really believe in. I completely agree with it.
But how does this sentence translate to photography?
As I said in the title, you should always get to the location you plan to photography early to scout it. Whether you are going to shoot wildlife, or a landscape, or anything else, you should always get to your spot a few hours earlier than you plan for shooting, just to scout it and find the best places to photograph.
If you can, even go to a location a day before, just to see how it looks. You don’t have to take your camera when you scout, but if you want, take a small point and shoot just to try out a few compositions.
I always try to get to the place I plan to shoot at least an hour earlier if it’s a small place, just to scout and check out how it looks.
Use the hours of the day with the “bad” light to go and scout.
For example, when I went to the lake in Rishon, I went there two hours before I wanted to start shooting, just to see what birds are there. Although I have been there a few times before.
Something I always like to do, is to go to a location at sunset (if I plan to shoot at sunrise), and just scout it and go back at sunrise, then I remember very well how I wanted my composition to look.
That’s all for now.
Remember, familiarity breeds success!