Before the Shutter Get the most out of your next photo excursion by preparing for and planning an award-winning photograph. Creating a timeless image has as much to do with the work that went in to the photograph long before the shutter was pressed as it has to do with what happened on the scene. Highlights include researching locations, your creative vision, trip planning, what to pack, location scouting, and creating a shot list. Don't just hope for a great shot. By planning and being as prepared as you can, when the time comes you can focus on making your trip an act of creativity.