Trover – A must have for location photographers

Location, Location, Location. When I'm putting together a new photo assignment finding a location tends to be the most time consuming aspect of the production. Location is key, any photographer will tell you that, and with all of us carrying smartphones that don't make phone calls we need to use these tools to make our jobs easier. Introducing - Trover. Trover, as they put it -
is a social network that lets you share discoveries with friends and fellow explorers in a fun, visual way – all based on your location.
While there are social networking aspects to the app, I'd like to classify it as a social utility specifically because it's useful. As much as we love twitter, facebook and foursquare they aren't really useful in a workflow - fantastic for breaking the ice, meeting clients and stalking but not practical in the field to actually get work done. Trover is useful in the field, and that's why its on my front page of apps. I can post pictures of locations I find in my area, and can also see other locations that other users are posting. Trover updates to your current location, so for travel photographers they wont need to spend a few moments trying to figure out what zip code they're in, Trover does it for you. Right now, there seems to be limited submissions to Trover - at least in Buffalo. However cities like NYC and Chicago have tons and tons of submissions from users, so the app seems to be effective in those areas. Who should use Trover? - I think that all location, wildlife and event photographers should take advantage of this app. Trover is a great tool for discovering new locations to shoot for recreation or for commercial projects. For me, the ability to be on a shoot and quickly look at Trover and discover a new location to try out is very very appealing. I think that the more people use Trover the more locations will be useful for professionals. I also think photographers should avoid loading professional shots into the app. It's fine to edit a photo on your iphone then upload it, but to upload shots from a DSLR of a butterfly defeats the purpose of the app. The app is intended to discover new locations, not act as a portfolio. In addition to the flag as inappropriate function, there should be a flag as not relative function - which would then ping the owner of the photo to delete it. Overall, Trover is worth a download and a discovery - especially if you're a location based photographer. The potential of this app is enormous, if it attracts the right users.

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