Patience is a virtue with landscape photography: Wait for the right shot rather than chase it


posted Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 12:00 PM EDT


With cameras seemingly getting faster all the time, it can be easy to consider slowing down in the field. That's exactly what photographer Thomas Heaton recommends in his latest video.

When shooting landscape photography, it can be a good idea to slow down and become more patient. You don't need to be constantly shooting. Rather, consider in your mind the shot you want, set up your gear and find the right composition. Once you're set up, think about the conditions you want for your image and be patient. Wait for the right moment.

It is interesting that Heaton is preaching patience while shooting autumn landscapes, as peak foliage lasts only a short time and depending on the weather, there may be only a few days of prime fall shooting. However, Heaton previsualized his images and had photographs in mind before autumn hit. His familiarity with an area and being able to plan ahead helped allow him the time to slow down in the field. Rather than be scrambling around looking for the perfect shot, he was waiting for the conditions to be favorable. See how Heaton's fall adventure worked out in the video below.

If you'd like to see a high-resolution version of the image featured in the video above, click here. For more videos from Thomas Heaton, visit his YouTube channel and be sure to check out his website.

(Via Thomas Heaton)