The first thing you need as a photographer is a subject. ShotHotspot is a superb resource to help you find great locations to take photos.
The application uses data from sites like Flickr and Panoramio to
analyse the most photogenic areas. ShotHotspot's Google Maps allows
users to scout for locations around any location worldwide. It is
possible to narrow down the area of search by drawing the area that you are
interested in directly on the map. It is also possible to zoom in on a location and
update the results shown by selecting the 'Search Visible Area'.
You can select any of the hotspots displayed on the map and preview the
photo opportunities by viewing photographs of the location taken by
other photographers which have been posted to Flickr or Panoramio.
Litmind is another great resource for finding photography locations. The Litmind Google Map and online database is designed to help photographers
search and find shooting locations around the world.
Locations are displayed on the map with
thumbnail images of a photo taken at each location. Using the map it is
possible to search for great shooting locations by place and by a large
number of tags, categorised into 'Outdoors', 'Feelings' and 'Style'.
3. The Photographer's Ephemeris
Once you've chosen the location for your photography session the next thing you might consider is when is the best time to visit. The Photographer's Ephemeris is a free sun and moon planning tool for
outdoor photography. The application is available as a free download for
the desktop or as an iOS / Android app.
application uses Google Maps to show sunrise and sunset times and
indicates the current direction of the sun based on your location. The
application includes some really advanced features, including automatic
time zone and elevation detection, correction for atmospheric refraction
and height above the horizon.
Photographers can use this
invaluable tool to plan the best times that they should visit a location
to get the best light for the shot required.
4. The Golden Hour Calculator
The Golden Hour Calculator
is a Google Map that displays sunrise and sunset times, the elevation
and azimuth of the sun and shows users when the golden hour occurs for
The Golden Hour Calculator defines the 'golden hour' as "the first and
last hour of sunlight in the day when the special quality of light
yields particularly beautiful photographs". Using the calculator
photographers can enter the location where they are planning to take
photos and the calculator will display a graph beneath the map showing
when the golden hour occurs.
Users can change the date of their shoot to ensure the calculator displays the correct times for the Golden Hour.
Photospots is a crowdsourced website where photographers can share their favorite photography locations. It is a website where photographers can recommend great photography locations and find new places to visit.
Each location submitted to Photoshots is displayed on a Google Map. Users often leave great comments about their favorite locations, which can prove an invaluable guide to other photographers who wish to visit the location.