When you get to a new place you haven’t been to before, or, even if you have been there in the past, you often see something new. It’s what travel does, it lets you see new things in new ways you haven’t seen before. So when you’re walking down the street with phone in hand but you've left the camera at your hotel or apartment and you see something you’d like to shoot, how do you save the location so you can get back to it again?
I use Evernote. It’s a note-taking app that syncs across devices. I write all my thoughts, ideas, meeting notes, article drafts, and to-dos all in allocated notes. I scan business cards and the app interprets the information and from the scan I am able to connect with the person via the LinkedIn app. I also scan all my slips so my taxes and expenses are easy to monitor too. If I am away from home and I need to scan a document, the app is amazing at doing this. I can also make voice notes, which I often do to record noises I think can work for video projects I’m busy with. Its capabilities are powerful, for any business.
The one thing I never thought I’d use was the Atlas feature where Evernote takes the GPS coordinates of the place you make the note at. But during my travel to Europe, starting at the drive from the airport, my eyes were darting everywhere. I was looking at he modern architecture, the statues, and the places that look like great places to shoot portraits at. This Atlas feature was and is perfect for this, because you don’t need to be online or connected to 3G or Wi-Fi. GPS works on a different signal, and you can quickly snap a picture of what it is that you want to shoot later, and the note will automatically have the street name in the title of the note and the GPS coordinates will be saved within the note.
Once you get home, you can browse through the images on your computer or iPad and see exactly what it is you want to plan shooting, and where exactly it is. You can do it with the Atlas feature, or just browse through each note and extrapolate on it from there.
When you think of saving locations for a photo, you’d never consider what is seen as a note-taking app. But Evernote is much more than that. If you need to save locations, you can open the app on your phone, and snap a shot. It's as easy as that.
For those who use Google Drive, they also just made it easier to integrate the files you have stored there with the notes you make in Evernote.
Does anyone have a different app or way to save locations for shoots? Please share it in the comments.