Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Hello World, Welcome to ShutterGuides

It’s been a long time in the making, but today we’re proud to announce the launch of ShutterGuides, the best way to share awesome photography spots! With ShutterGuides, you can create photo guides featuring awesome photo spots.
If you’re curious, the idea started a little more than a year ago. Wyatt and I and another friend were headed to Yosemite for a photo run, and I had spent the morning researching photo spots in Yosemite Valley. There was one scene in particular that I was interested in trying to capture: a view of El Capitan in the background, with the Merced River in the foreground, and sunset lighting the scene to make magic. But where do we go to get that shot?
There were a few somewhat helpful sites out there, but none really oriented toward sharing photography locations (most were very oriented to sharing the photo itself). We started talking about how useful it would be to have a site where you could easily share locations and research places ahead of time. Fast forward a year or so and many late night coding sessions, and here we are!
All you photographers out there, take it for a test drive, kick the tires (although not too hard please!), and let us know what you think, and do us a huge favor: create a photo guide to somewhere you visit or know well!
Oh, and if you’re still wondering, we did find that spot, barely. We very nearly missed the sunset, but here's the spot, complete with GPS location and photo details, as part of my Yosemite National Park photo guide:

Oh, and don't forget to give us your feedback as we embark on this journey together!