Updated: Nov 13, 2020
Finding a great location is one of the best ways to start taking some great photos. You can take great photos anywhere, for sure. But having a great location makes it all the more easy. It can make your photos look unbelievable. Doesn't matter what genre you're in, the location you are taking your photos in can be a massive game changer. So lets take a look at how you can find some great photography locations near you now!
1- Using Instagram
One of the first things you can do is get on instagram, click on the magnifying glass at the bottom of the screen. Then type your area in (or area you want to go take photos in).
Then click on tags.
Click on a general hashtag so in this case I've gone for Snowdonia. Just the name of the national park- Snowdonia. If you haven't been there I'd check it out, really cool place in Wales UK. Anyway, let's get back to it.
Once you've clicked on the hashtag you will see loads of cool spots appear.
Click on the one you like and you can usually find the location tagged at the top.
You will find all the places top creators are going to using this method. Even just being close by is usually good enough! This is a great way to start coming up with a list of new places to take pictures in and start planning.
2- Location Scout
This is a great website to find further potential locations for photography. Simply go here. To Locationscout.net. There you will find a search bar you again can simply type the area you are looking to take photos in and this website will give you precise locations.
Say I wanted to take some photos in the Dolomites.
I now have a list of plenty of great locations.
3- Google Maps
Simply by looking through different areas you will find many great locations. Google even tags photo spots with this little blue icon seen below.
So you can go ahead and click on the icons for more info and pictures. You can use street view by clicking on the little yellow man icon in the corner. Your map will look like below, you can click on the blue streets or the little blue circles to have a much closer look around.
Remember that the more research you do the better chance you have of coming home with some great shots. Doing all this extra work will separate you from others. If you would like to learn more about photography please join my facebook community here!