I often find satellite view (which is available with most map apps and websites) to be useful when researching and scouting possible aerial photographs. I look for landforms that have a lot of texture and color when viewed from above. I used this to find a promising location in the Utah desert far away from other people, and flew my drone until I found a convergence of shapes and colors that I liked. The hills are made of soft clay, easily eroded by the infrequent rains in the area. I'm guessing the colors are the result of some ancient volcanic ash deposits. DJI Mavic 2 Pro drone.