Don’t you hate it when, after spending hours driving and hiking to an amazing spot, you realize that you missed the sunset by 15 minutes? Or the scene of the Milkyway over an iconic mountain is ruined by a full moon?
Those are the moments when you truly understand the importance of planning and scouting in travel photography.
For a long time, traditional in-person scouting was the only way to go. You visit the location in advance and spend a day or two getting familiar with the area to pinpoint the best spots, angles and timing.
This approach still works, but it is extremely impractical for travel photography especially when it comes to long driving trips.
When I go on a long driving trip, my goal is to visit one specific location every day of the trip. With traditional scouting, this would double or even triple the length of my trip, which is both impractical and expensive.
Lucky for us, technology has reached a level where traditional scouting can be complimented by or even completely replaced by virtual scouting. It can even be done prior to the trip!
For a long time, my scouting routine was an evolving process where I tried to keep up with the latest technological advances.
But, in the last few years, my scouting process finally reached a level where I no longer actively look for shiny new tools or apps. I am so happy with my current method that I can’t wait to share it with you!