We all wish we could receive advice on how to better our photography from experts in the field, hoping they will let us in on the secrets of their lens selection or the coordinates of their scouted location. And yet, one of the most overlooked aspects of photography is the planning stages. Professional photographer Albert Dros recently shared the secrets behind his spectacular landscape photos, and the meticulous planning that goes into each shot.
By setting himself up for success, Dros leaves as little as possible to chance, looking to get information on everything from time of sunset and sunrise to cloud cover and wind speed. With his advice, Dros has given photo enthusiasts a gift—a laid out plan that should help landscape lovers capture the scenes they are after.
Here are the tools that the Dutch photographer—whose work has appeared in TIME, National Geographic, and the Huffington Post—uses to optimize his chances for the perfect shot. And if you want specific tutorials, Dros’ blog has several articles on how he plans incredible nature scenes, including how he captured an erupting volcano with the Milky Way.
Weather App for Smartphone
There’s nothing more important than weather when planning the perfect landscape photo. WeatherPro is Dros’ go-to app, with the free version updating the weather predictions every 3 hours, while the paid version will update every hour. As it costs just $1.99, it’s a small investment to have updated, accurate information at your fingertips.
So what should you be looking for with the app? Dros helpfully breaks things down into different sections, each important for different reasons depending on the shot you’re after. Here’s what he shares about each specific weather condition.