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  • Writer's picturePhil Davenport

Landscape photography like a Pro

Updated: May 19, 2021

Before you start let’s plan and prep.

How do landscape photographers take stunning photos, time and time again? Simple, it's all down to good planning!

Firstly research where you're going to visit, how long will it take you get there if travelling to a well know tourist spot how much time should you allow for extra traffic, above all check the weather forecast.

Some landscape shoots involve hiking and hill walking – and although these are popular pastimes, they can be dangerous if taken lightly.

A first aid kit and fluids are a must especially in mountainous terrain, the weather can change in an instant and you can’t always rely on your phone.

We visited the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare taking the cliff walk from Doolin to Liscannor and, although our trek wasn’t all that demanding we insured that everything carried was essential for not only taking great pictures but also keeping us safe. Be sure and let a friend or family member know where you going and estimated return time.

Only carry what you need

Be careful of weight and consider the distance you’re likely to hike, a sore back could spell disaster and potentially spoil your whole day. Personally I carry only 2 lens, usually the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L IS USM Lens and the Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Ultra Wide Angle

The right bag

A comfy backpack is a must. I use the Lowepro Fastpack BP 250 AW II, which is ideal for hiking. It boasts ample provision for camera kit, a sizeable compartment for other gear, and straps for holding a bedroll. It also contains a rain cover for operating in adverse conditions a must, when travelling in the spectacular coastal region of county Clare.

Product link can be found here:

Lowepro Fastpack BP 250 AW II

Above all have fun and enjoy the great outdoors.

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