Location, location, location. One of the most important factors for success in photography, and also one of the most difficult to plan. How can you find the perfect location for your next photo shoot? Whether looking to find a location down the road or one across the country, this list of tools is sure to help you locate your next go-to spot.
Sometimes the answer is right at your fingertips. Mobile apps for both Android and Apple can be extremely useful for advanced planning and on the spot location hunting. Here are some great examples:
Really Good Photo Spot (RGPS). This app offers a great search database for spots that other photographers have tagged as interesting based on GPS location. The app even has a “find near me now” feature, which can come in handy when you’re on the hunt in a new locale. See a great sunset? Pull over and take out your phone and use RGPS to find the best spot to stop and grab a few shots. The app is available on iOS through the AppStore free of charge.
PlanIt! For Photographers (PIFP). Think of this as a combination of Google Maps, Photographer’s Ephemeris, and RGPS—including additional support for shot planning features like focal length, depth of field, and panorama manipulations—all rolled into one easy-to-use application available on both iOS and Android for a small fee.