Another thing I try to teach during the Texas Landscape Safari (forgive my shameless plug) is when to shoot in great weather. Now before half of you say “Duh!” think about it for a minute. How many (yawn) uninspiring landscape images have you seen taken on a cloudless summer day? Is there anything less dramatic than a pale blue sky?
In landscape photography, timing is everything! That means watching the weather reports days and even weeks in advance to spot weather patterns (usually cold fronts here in Texas) that will bring you the most important background element ever found in a landscape image; Clouds!
It means planning your photographic outings well in advance but being flexible enough to GO when the conditions are right and stay home when they’re not. It means revisiting that favorite vista over and over again until the light and clouds and the colors are just right.
Landscape photography is a fickle mistress. Most times your planning, patience and persistence won’t pay off but every once in a while you wake up to find skies like this and it makes all the time and effort worthwhile!