For me, the search for photo locations is part of a trip, just like packing your suitcase for others. Eye-catching photo locations usually represent spectacular landscapes, breathtaking viewpoints or very special places. Did I forgot something?

Many countries have very well-known photo spots: Iceland the Kirkjufell, the Lofoten the village Hamnoy or Germany the Eibsee .

You don’t have to look far for these. In addition to photos, there is also a wealth of information on the Internet.

But how about lesser known photo locations? How do you search for them or how do you find them?

I want to describe to you today how I go about it.

Finding photo locations

Often my first step is to search in popular photo portals. There is almost nothing that has not yet been photographed.

My contact points are 500px and Flickr . I use the search function and enter my travel destination. I just scroll through the pictures and let myself be inspired.

If I discover images with potential, I check …

  1. .. whether a geolocation is stored. If this is the case, I make sure via Google Maps. Check whether the landscape in the picture corresponds to what you can see in Google via satellite image.
  2. .. or whether the photo location is mentioned directly by name. Then I search explicitly for the name in the Google image search or in the photo portals in order to get more impressions.

In fact, it is usually the case that neither the geodata nor the designation is given.

Then only the Google image search helps. Here I use the opportunity to search for similar images. Often you will find the recording again or something like that and then with geodata or the name.

If the search for similar images is also unsuccessful, I look for keywords that describe the image in the image search. For example, a search term could be “Lake Reflections Drei Zinnen”.

Then it is time to scan the search result for name or geodata again. However, this only works reliably if I know the rough location.

Photo location portals

Another way to find photo locations are portals such as locationscout or 22places . These offer several advantages:

  • In addition to the location, there is also information about the reception and accessibility of the location
  • geographical representation of the photo locations
  • Opportunity to comment on inquiries with the photographer

From my point of view, however, the disadvantage is that often only very well-known locations are entered there (… although a lot is happening now). This should not diminish the added value that the portals offer when finding photo locations.

However, if you are looking for a little less known motifs, 500px could be a good option.

At 500px.com/map you can find a map of the world where all, really all images are stored that were stored with geocoordinates at 500px. Awesome, isn’t it?

By zooming in or searching for individual regions, you can enlarge the view and more images become visible.

However, it is always worthwhile to search for and verify the locations again using Google Maps. We only recently had the case that we wanted to go to a street art location in Lofoten. We went to the geo-data, searched the area, all in vain. At home in Germany it turned out that the information on the website was simply wrong.

Last but not least ..

Sometimes you should just leave things to chance, because as Wilhelm Busch said so beautifully: “But here, as in general, things turn out differently than you think”

And while we are already with quotations, a necessary note for behavior on location :

Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints

Please leave the photo location as you found it. Please adhere to the local prohibitions and respect private properties, nature reserves and the like.

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