Many things are required to be an excellent landscape photographer. Knowledge of your equipment, understanding the attributes of light, and an eye for composition are just a few of these skills. However, there is one skill that is often underrated.
Coming to you from Joshua Cripps, this informative video covers one of the most underrated skills in landscape photography: scouting locations. There's nothing more satisfying than discovering a great location to photograph after you've put in a little investigative work.
Perhaps that's why I love road trips so much. It's not just about going somewhere different; it's about discovering places that you didn't know were there.
It's also not limited to just physical areas, "locations" can also be new shot angles or compositions in an already familiar place. I can't count how many times I've seen other local photographers pull off an incredible and unique photo in an area that I've been to a thousand times.
Cripps also covers something that I implement on my road trips: using Google maps. Whether it's going somewhere new or just exploring a local location, I'm always digging through my map apps, looking for new locations. Check out the video above for all of Cripps' tips and suggestions.