Meetup is a site where people arrange get togethers based on common interests. In addition to finding groups that specialize in photography in your area, you can look for intersecting areas that you think would make great photography subjects—gardening groups, Urban Explorers, hiking enthusiasts. Even if you never join a planned meetup, you can use the intel to find sites to explore.
Sign up for newsletters online that deal with your favorite areas to get some great location tips. For example, Travel + Leisure and National Geographic newsletters frequently spotlight locations prime for shooting. Love photographing animals? Sign up with your local zoo or aquarium newsletter for interesting events happening locally and around the globe. Looking for new landscape venues? Sign up for a hiking or outdoor adventure newsletter that highlights great new places to explore.
THE PHOTOGRAPHER’S EPHEMERIS
Once you have located the site for your shoot, you’ll want to determine the best angle and time of day to get the shots you want. That’s where Photographer’s Ephemeris comes in to play. Photographer’s Ephemeris allows you to enter any site by name or GPS coordinates and interactively view the area by map or satellite. Displays include sun up/down and moon rise/set times and direction and position of the sun and moon at any given time and date. Armed with this information, those golden hour photos you crave just became a lot easier to plan and achieve.