Hey guys, Jim Harmer here. For a few YEARS I’ve toyed with and dreamed of the idea of a photo locations app, and I’m excited to announce that plan are underway for us to build it. This is-by far-the biggest project I’ve ever undertaken with Improve Photography, so I’m writing to ask your help today.
When I travel to shoot with you guys in our travel group, I frequently spend 3 or 4 full working days trying to find photography locations for the trips. Also, when I’m driving to visit family or in a city for a conference for a few days, I often miss awesome photo locations because I don’t have the time to research. I believe that if we could all work together to share our favorite spots, it would make us all better photographers and give us all the enjoyment of photographing more places around the world.
There have been dozens of photo locations websites and apps launched in the last few years. I believe that none of them have taken root for three reasons: (1) They usually don’t do a good job of making the best locations show up first, so you have to still hunt through hundreds of spots to find the coolest locations, (2) they don’t have a community behind them so there aren’t enough unique locations listed, and (3) they often spit out the locations on a complicated map view only, which makes it difficult to sort through spots.
I’ve set out to fix these three problems. I’m posting the mockups today of what the location finder tool will look like here on Improve Photography. Once the tool is built, I’m going to reach out to you guys and ask if you would help grow the community of photographers by submitting your favorite local locations.
Once we hit 6,000 locations worldwide submitted by the I.P. community, I’ll front the money (a LOT OF IT!) to build a native app for Android/iOS so we can have the information on our phones. Frankly, this will really only get exciting when it’s a phone app, but we have to take baby steps to get this project done right.
The following are the mockups for the site. Would you please take a look at them and give me some feedback on the overall aesthetic, things you’d like to see changed, or features added? I want to be certain this app will succeed, so I want your feedback at every stage of the process.
One More Question
What should we call the location finder? Unfortunately, trademark law will likely prevent us from calling it anything super obvious because there have been many apps created like this in the past (most of which are ghost towns today). So it’ll have to be something kind of creative, I think.
I’d love your feedback on the mockups, features, and names. Would you leave a comment below? I will absolutely be reading every single comment.
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