One of the frustrating things about landscape photography (apart from the weather!), can be knowing when to head out and where to head to. One of the things I find extremely useful when planning a trip is an App called The Photographer's Ephemeris.
This App tells me exactly where the sun is going to be at anytime of the day and in any location I choose. You can imagine how useful this is when deciding on your plan of attack as there are certain locations that can only be photographed at certain times of the year. Preparation is key to a good landscape photo!
I was out filming with the the Engage Live team a few weeks back for an upcoming Landscape Photography workshop and we visited a spot along the Causeway cliff path. I had scouted the location and was there in the late afternoon to shoot some long exposures with the LEE Little & Big Stoppers. Being able to use the TPE App on my iPhone, I then planned to revisit this exact same location, at both sunrise and sunset. The three different images are all shown below. You can see how different they all are because of the time of day I visited. But on each visit, I knew exactly where the sun was going to be and used this to my advantage.
So, next time you plan to head out with your camera, make a conscious decision to think about your location and the position of the sun.
This is also one of the many topics I'll be covering on my full day Landscape Photography workshops. If you fancy joining me, then click HERE for more info - there are just a few spots remaining.