It is important in photography to be prepared. At the most basic level this means that you should be carrying some type of camera around with you wherever you go, and shooting lots of photographs.
As you do that for a while though you soon realise that the better you plan what you want to photograph, and give some upfront thought to it, the better your shoot is likely to go.
This is especially true of nature photography because you don’t have the benefit of complicated studio lighting and other comforts of home when you are in the middle of a forest.
Scott Bourne has come up with his selection here of what he considers the most important aspects of a nature shoot.
He breaks these down into five elements:
1/ Location – Researching where you will be shooting is essential. So come prepared with online maps and read local newspapers online to get a feel for where you will be going.
2/ Transport – How are you going to get their? What are the particular challenges of the terrain? Can you walk their? Or do you need to hire a car or make even more esoteric arrangements.
3/ Weather – Pretty obvious, but there’s no point in taking an umbrella to a desert. You can check this online now quite easily, and five day forecasts tend to be quite accurate.
4/ Gadgets and Gear – What cameras do you need? What lenses? Have you got several backup batteries?
5/ Goals – Why are you doing this? What is the goal of the shoot? If its to take a photo of a buffalo in africa then then it considerably easier then photographing a lion hunting. Either is fine, but at least know why you are doing it.
Give it some thought. The better planned you are, the smoother things are likely to go.