Add A Spot
Anyone may add a new photo spot to PhotoHound. All spots are reviewed by the PhotoHound Team to ensure that they meet the following criteria:
All spots must
- Fit with the PhotoHound Code of Responsible Photography;
- Adhere to copyright regulations;
- Be accessible by the general public and not put photographers at unnecessary risk or at odds with regulatory guidelines;
- Be unique; they must not duplicate, or be very similar to any already added.
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Add A Premium Spot
For a spot to be verified by the PhotoHound Team as a Premium Spot, photographers must also ensure spots meet these additional criteria
Premium Spots must:
- Be attractive for other visiting photographers;
- Include accurate coordinates and markers;
- Offer accurate and helpful local and technical information;
- Include high quality, inspirational photographs that are representative of location.
Here are some more technical notes to help you add Premium Spots to the PhotoHound platform. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you need any further explanation or help.
Keep titles short, clear and relevant to the subject of the photo.
- Use simple titles: eg St Paul’s Cathedral / Lone Cypress, Pebble Beach / Cho La Pass / Bled Castle
- Use explanatory names: eg View of St Paul’s from Millennium Bridge/ Point Hill Viewpoint / Jumeirah Beach, Burj Al Arab Viewpoint
- Use the local name first (add the English translation in brackets if applicable): eg Lago del Predil / Rabeljsko Jezero (Predil Lake); 上海市人民英雄纪念塔 (People’s Memorial); Drvengrad (Wooden Town)
- Provide GPS coordinates for where you were standing to take the shot. If the area is larger than a single spot, give coordinates of the most convenient starting point (a parking spot, entrance gate, beginning of a footpath) or for the key image and explain in words where to go.
- You can add multiple sets of coordinates for each spot, which can be used to show parking locations, ticket booths or start point of a trail.
- If you feel that you have more than one iconic or key shot and feel they merit being classed as individual spots despite their proximity, then create a separate spot for each (even if the majority of the description is copied). Two separate spots cannot share the same coordinates.
- Use the search bar to quickly find location on the map. For example, search for “Baker Street” to find address on the map and after that drag and drop the marker to more specific coordinates.
Add An Image
Photos are crucial to the app and will have two roles, information / reference and inspiration. Please prepare images as follows:
- Recommended image size: 2560px long side.
- Use “Save as” with jpeg setting 10 for compression (not “save for web” in Photoshop as this strips off EXIF info)
- Do not use photos that are not possible for regular visitors to take. For example, shots from restricted areas, or where the view is no longer the same – e.g if there is new construction or that famous tree collapsed…
- Add photos that depict location / represent the surroundings rather than subjects that could be found anywhere (eg a leaf on the ground), or images that show remarkable conditions that are unlikely to be found again at this spot and therefore would not be of interest under normal circumstances.
- Add more than one image where possible, showing different conditions, time of day or year, different aspects.
About This Spot
Add a short description of the spot or location so a photographer would have an idea of what to expect when arriving here for the first time. If you are using text from other websites, give credit or rewrite in your own words to avoid copyright infringement.
Include anecdotal notes on how to reach the spot that might not otherwise be obvious (for example where to park, how to find the start of a track, a precise address if relevant).
Often the coordinates will be enough to easily find the spot, however sometimes additional, local info can help those new to a location.
Tips, Advice, What To Shoot
Provide a short description of what to expect in terms of photography at this spot; e.g wide open landscapes, more intimate scene, nature photography, busy street life,…
Give a couple of creative tips if you can, eg what to include as foreground, whether to try a pano, an idea for lead-in lines, a reminder to try different angles etc.
Add any other useful information that might help photographers get their best shots; eg. When is the best time of year to visit this spot (fall colours, snow-capped mountains, spring flowers)? Could a drone be used here legally?
What are the ideal conditions for this spot or this type of photography? Weather conditions, time of day, light etc.
Official Website URL
Include a link to the official website if relevant (eg museum website, national park visitor centre). Ideally add a link to the homepage rather than to a specific page URL (which can change anytime).
When To Visit
Select “All year round” if the spot is accessible during all months, or select the months you can get to this spot (for example is it inaccessible during winter months as the pass is closed, is it out of bounds during nesting seasons etc). Add any supporting notes about this in Tips and Advice.
Select all types of photography that can be shot at this location eg landscape, cityscape, architecture). Tick all that apply.
What gear would you recommend for this specific location? This can be broader than the gear that you used to shoot at that particular time. For example, you may not use ND filters but if you think it would help others achieve their best shot, mark this as recommended.
Is There An Entrance Fee?
Select this if it an entrance fee is payable or when any costs are involved to access this spot. For example, if guided walks, boat trips, chairlift tickets are required etc. You can describe more about it in the TIPS, ADVICE section.
If not certain, leave unmarked.
Are Tripods Allowed?
Only select this if you know for certain that tripods are allowed.
Whilst Physical Level 1 suggests easy access, consider here whether there are additional elements that might make wheelchair access difficult (eg step up to the final viewpoint). If not certain, leave unmarked.
Choose from the following:
1 – ACCESSIBLE TO ALL
Requires minimal walking
Pathway is wide/even
Elevation gain is minimal
2 – EASY
Requires modest level of physical fitness
Pathway mostly even
May include moderate elevation gain / loss
3 – MODERATE
Requires average level of physical fitness
Pathway may be uneven in places (cobbles, embedded rocks, tree roots), but is safe and wide.
May include moderate to steep elevation gain/loss
4 – RUGGED
Requires an above average level of physical fitness and confident walking
Pathway may be very uneven in places (overhanging foliage, jutting rocks, exposed tree roots) and requires experienced hiking to reach the location. Sturdy footwear advised.
May include steep elevation gain/loss
5 – DEMANDING
Requires a high level of physical fitness and experience of challenging hikes
Pathway may be uneven, narrow and may be dangerous in places. Sturdy footwear advised
May include steep elevation gain/loss
Not advisable to attempt unaccompanied
Getting The Coordinates Right
PhotoHound is dependent on accurate information and getting the coordinates for where you were standing to take your shot is crucial. Here’s how to ensure yours are correctly marked on our maps.
Getting accurate coordinates can be done either by recording as you photograph or finding coordinates after the shoot.
Recording coordinates when you are photographing
- The easiest way is to use the camera’s GPS (in-camera or as a separate accessory). This will automatically save the coordinates into the image.
- Use a GPS logger device. Be careful to sync the times of your logger and your camera. It is a good idea to use your smartphone to record a GPX track. Here are two apps you could use:
- http://www.geotagphotos.net/ – a very simple and easy to use app. They also have excellent instructions on their website. The shorter the logging interval, the more accurate the track will be.
- http://www.viewranger.com/ – a more powerful app, with lots of features and also very accurate although it might be more confusing to use at the beginning. It’s free but you pay for offline maps.
After you have recorded the track you can connect your GPS log with your images. See http://www.geotagphotos.net/user-guide for instructions on how to do this using their native desktop app or with Lightroom.
Once the coordinates are saved into the image, you can find the information in EXIF.
Reverse engineering the coordinates
If you remember the spot where you took the photo you can use online services such as Google Maps or Bing Maps to extract the coordinates. Google Maps has the best coverage, while Bing Maps will let you zoom in closer which can be very helpful. I often use this method to check that the coordinates are correct.
Instructions for Google maps:
- Zoom in as much as you can to see details (use satellite view)
- Right-click on the spot where you were standing to make the photograph and choose “What’s here?” from the menu
- From the pop-up (at the bottom of the map) you will see the coordinates that you can copy and use.
- Click on the coordinates in the pop-up box and save the location for future reference (click on the star top left where search bar is)
This is another useful website for finding the right coordinates: http://www.latlong.net/
Sveti Tomaž (St Thomas) Church
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