You’ve decided that you want to go on a photo expedition. Perhaps a trek to Alaska or one of America’s beautiful national parks is in order? Here are some tips for effective scouting.

Start at home. With the advent of the Internet, there’s tons of information online for almost any destination. Use search engines to look up photos of the location. Use online mapping services to plan routes. Use online travel companies to arrange transportation and places to stay.

After you get the basics figured out, the next step is to actually go to the location. From a practical standpoint, unless the location is cheap and easy to get to, you may have to tie both your scouting and your shooting into the same expedition. Another tactic is to shoot during the magic hour around Sunrise and Sunset, and use the time in between to look around for the next shot. Continue reading