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How To Choose A Location For Shooting? Part 2

Updated: Feb 2, 2019

“You don’t take a photograph. You ask quietly to borrow it.” — Unknown

Just to remind you that this is part #2 of the topic! If you still haven't read part #1 I highly recommend starting from it!

Country Trip

A trip out of town is the best option for #photography. Firstly, if you live in a city, your eyes will immediately look at things differently and the idea of what and how to shoot will be born by itself. If you have a car, then everything is extremely simple if you don't then it could get quite tricky. The difficulty lies in the fact that immediately there are a million excuses not to go!

Some of the most popular ones:

  • I do not know where to go

  • not enough money

  • bad weather

  • the road takes a lot of time

  • no suitable clothes

  • no one to go with

This list can be continued indefinitely! If you recognize yourself, that's what happens, either you don’t love a photo enough or you simply don’t have a clear idea of what to shoot! Accept the fact that you do not have a customer, you don't need a clear #idea each time you go to take #photos you go because you love to taking photos! #Enjoy the process no matter what happens, no one pays for it and does not expect any definite result from you.

On Top of the World, Italy

I took most of my photos in places to get there I used public transport and then walked for a long time and you know what? I still do that! It is more like a journey and it is very exciting! It doesn’t matter if you have #mountains or a #sea somewhere close to you, your #location definitely has something unique and distinctive that the place where you are so eager to get doesn't!

21st Century Baby!

Let's go pro!

Thanks to Paul Adshead who have written a great description to all following apps, I personally agree with each word!

This list is my personal recommendation of good #apps that will help to plan your photo shooting, plus this list covered pretty much any tricky situations you could meet!

1. Yrno

Yr is a weather app from the Norwegian Meteorological Institute and NRK. The most reliable weather app. Don't let the fact this app is Norwegian put you off as it's written in English and contains over 10 million locations from around the world. If you're out location scouting or are randomly shooting somewhere new, the #GPS function will find the weather forecast for your nearest location which is much more accurate than typing in the name of the closest city. This app has never left the first page of my phone and is checked daily. If you do any kind of photography outdoors I highly recommend getting this one.

2. Pocket Light Meter

As I always have my phone on me this means I always have a light meter with me too. Even in a digital age, I find that a huge advantage as I can quickly take a reading and instantly know what sort of ballpark I need to be shooting in before I have even opened my #camera bag. If you a #film_photographer lover that this #app must have!

3. Releases

This one is a must for any professional photographer who regularly needs model or property release forms. I have the app on both my iPhone and iPad and although many prefer to use this kind of app on a larger screen I find it just as functional on a smaller phone. Unlike similar apps of this nature, Releases includes all the industry standard templates you would ever need, from Snapwire, ASMP, Getty Images, and Shutterstock. For this reason, I feel more confident using Releases over other apps that just produce generic release forms.

For those who have never used an app like this before, Releases generates a form for everyone involved on a shoot to electronically sign with their finger on the touch screen. After that, a picture can be attached to the form for reference and then a PDF file is automatically sent out via email. The beauty of using an app over the traditional paper alternative is that things are less likely to get lost and additional copies can be easily produced. In addition to this, there may be times when you may find yourself in a spontaneous situation with your camera and getting a release form would be highly beneficial. As long as you have your phone getting then a release form is only a few clicks away.

4. Sun Route

Sun Route will tell you where the sun will be at any specific time on any particular day. All you need to do is point the camera on your phone into the sky and the app will show you the sun's position. A computer-generated sun is superimposed onto the phone's view so you can actually see in real time how the light will interact with the current surroundings. I really love to use this app when location scouting as it stops me getting any nasty surprises on shoot day. This app has informed me the sun won't be where I want until a certain time of the day and as a result, I can plan things accordingly. I actually think many areas of photography would benefit from this app from the obvious landscape shooters to even real estate photographers. Find that perfect spot for a shoot but the sun isn't in the right place at sunset? You can fast forward a few weeks in the app and see when it will be. Can you imagine how much effort this would be to work out without technology? Leave your charts and celestial navigational instruments at home.

5. Sylights

Unless you have a photographic memory (excuse the pun) you'll probably forget how you created all your various #lighting setups. Thankfully, Sylights allows you to create lighting diagrams so you can carefully note where everything was on the day. I find this app especially handy for my commercial clients who often ask me to recreate previous shoots we have done together. I can easily cross reference my phone to refresh my memory of what we did. If I'm lucky enough to have an assistant working with me I can send over the old diagrams ahead of time so we all know how things will look on the day. The diagrams also stop me from forgetting crucial pieces of kit as I can refer to the app while I pack up my gear the night before. The app itself has all the icons you could possibly need to document your lighting setups and is very easy to use. It really does help to make life run a lot smoother during your #photoshoots.

6. WiFi Photo Transfer

This one is a must for iPhone users who create albums in their Camera Roll. Thankfully this app exists as Apple in their infinite wisdom decided to make it very hard for users to pull off individual photo albums they may have made. I personally use my phone to collect and organize images for inspiration, document location scouts, and build mood boards. As long as my phone and laptop are sharing the same Wi-Fi connection, I can finally go into my phone via a web browser and conveniently download all the contents of an album into a handy zip file. This really is valuable when I want to send something over to a client.

7. My Tide Times

If you shoot anywhere near the sea this app is a vital download not just so your shoots go to #plan, but also to keep you safe. My Tide Times will tell you the heights and times of the tides for any location you need. The app supports over 9,000 tidal stations in over 40 countries so your #location will most probably be covered. I have used this to accurately tell me when the tide would be as far out as possible so we could maximize the time we had to shoot on the #beach. Things like this don't need to be left to chance when you have an app like this.

8. Magic Hour

#Golden_hour is the time of day around sunrise and sunset when the light is great for photography. Although this app is only 15.3 MB in size it really does pack a punch. The app will tell you all you need to know about when and how long golden hour will be for your current location, a brief weather summary, and also the times of sunrise and sunset. If that wasn't enough there is a moon watch section which lets you know the next moonrise and when the next full moon will appear. I really like to use the notification function so I will be alerted before magic hour begins. This has saved me a few times when I was walking a little too slow to a location.

9. Dark Skies

This one is for the photographers who like to capture clear star formations in the sky but want to avoid long star trails. All you need to do is select your camera of choice in the app menu, input the focal length of your lens, and Dark Skies will use the 600 rule to calculate how long of an exposure you can get away with. I love using this app because it avoids any trial and error while on a shoot. I tend to do the calculations before I leave the comfort of my warm car so I can minimize the length of time I'm out in the cold. A nice feature of this app is a #Night_Mode which subdues the screen's brightness and color so if you are using it while out in the field you don't loose your night vision so quickly.

Chasing the Moon, Italy

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