Everyone has their own ideas on how to approach a photography session but for me, I like to walk the environment and get to know the subject – sometimes not even taking my camera! You shouldn’t underestimate how important it is to just look around you and see the beauty of the things. Go walking at different times of the day to see how the light changes, even at different times of the year. Make mental notes of what you see, make real notes if you want to; is the shadow of a tree you particularly like better in the morning or in the evening when the sun is lower – or does the tree look better in the mist? Look at your subject and say to yourself,
“I want to show this to the world in a way that perhaps it hasn’t been looked at before” even if there are 1,000 other similar photos of the same subject.
Though it is true to say some really good pictures have been taken on the fly, generally speaking the best landscape photographs are planned and sometimes come from a series of studies – often being in the right place at the right time is not an accident. So get to know your area, walk around and look at what is about you but most of all, enjoy your walk!