YOUR NEW 'GO-TO' SPOT
If you have ever found yourself running out of places to photograph then your not alone. Many photographers are always looking for new and creative ways to find that next cool spot. With these quick and easy tips you will find new locations to shoot in no time.
Visiting a new location for the first time is an absolute plus for any photographer. Unless you travel the world on a complete whim you probably find yourself banging your head over finding new locations all the time. Often times our photography is limited to driving distances, geographic locations and time.
Use these quick ideas to help find new "go-to" spots and take some photos like you never have before. I would love to hear some of your favorite locations in the comment section below.
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Quick Ways to Find New Photography Locations
1. Google Earth
You can use this free tool and pop in your current address. You might be surprised to find some geographical structures you never new existed. This is also a great tool for anyone who is traveling as you can check out the ground before you head out.
Also make use of "street view" as you are able to digitally walk the land and find something that interest you nearby.
2. Photography Clubs
Check out your local newspaper and park districs. It's safe to say you are not the only photographer in your city. There is a good chance other photographers have formed a photo club in your area. This is a great and fun way to meet new people and find new locations.
A lot of time these clubs will go on walks at different locations as a group. Feel free to share your cool places in exchange with the other members. This is a great experience and I highly recommend you tying it out.
3. Check Your State Park Guide Book
With the instant access to the online world these have become less popular. But don't let that stop you from visiting your state parks. Often times these guide books will have more information then anything you find online. You can ask a tour guide to point you in the right direction to a special location they might know of.
These guide books will tell you the best times to visit during the year and where to park etc. You can also submit your photos to the state park. If you get lucky you might be able to get your photo in the next version of the guide book.
4. Shoot At Night
If you don't have time or you are on a tight budget, try visiting an old location and shoot at night. Night photography will change the way you perceive things and will open a whole new set of challenges. This is one of my favorite types of photography.
5. Phone Apps
We all carry our phone with us. Fortunately, there are some great apps available to help us out. The absolute best free app that I use is called Stuck On Earth. This app uses Flickr location data with a map to show you amazing locations that other photographers have been.
You can search by you location and tag locations that you have been and save other for future photo shoots. You can find hundreds of thousands of the most amazing places on earth right from your pocket.
This app is available for iPhone and Android. Check it out!