I did a lot of scouting for the upcoming trip to New England. I was fortunate enough to have an office in New England, so I made a few on site scouting trips. This type of trip is invaluable. Here's a list of things I learned / did as I was driving around:
- If you are fortunate enough to have a partner, take them along. Scouting is much easier with a second set of eyes. It's much more fun also.
- Take a GPS and know how to use it. Set up way points or at least write down the latitude and longitude of every place you stop.
- Take notes on the spot. It's amazing how much you forget very quickly. You want to write down things like: direction that you are facing, obstacles to getting to the site, how much parking is there, morning or evening shot, closest restrooms
- Make a sketch or quick drawing of where you were standing and any landmarks
- Take a shot or two, it doesn't have to be pretty, just enough to jog your memory.
- Make contacts, find folks who have lived in the area and are willing to give you some advice and write it down. Neighborhood restaurants and information booths are great for this.
- Get a map. Even if you have a GPS, maps are great when talking to people. They'll often write stuff for you.
- Don't be afraid to get lost. Take the road less traveled, sometimes you'll find some great stuff along the way.
- Have fun! It's an adventure worth having.
That's it for now. I'll write down more as they come to me.