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New ‘One of a Kind’ Photography App is a Must Have

By Ryan Filgas on November 2nd 2014


A New App For Smart Phones

One of a Kind Photography Adventures (OOAK) is a group of world class landscape photographers dedicated to leading others in an exploration of landscapes and locations they’ve only dreamed of. OOAK has mapped out a myriad of shooting locations in New Zealand and Australia for their tours which occur in small groups led by professional landscape photographers Timothy Poulton, and Timothy Donnely. While their adventures primarily center around their corner of the globe, they’re looking to expand into other ventures as well. One of these includes a new photography app for iOS (and Android in Early 2015) which was introduced to me by OOAK team member and exceptional photographer, Mel Sinclair, whom we’ve featured in a previous article. This free application has the allure of revolutionizing the way that photographers catalog, navigate, and share locations around the world, and it has excellent potential for creating a collaborative database for location-based photography projects.

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General Features

The app gives much more than a set of GPS coordinates and a photo, but allows a description of the place, its historic background, or anything else the photographer would like to add, as well as specific driving directions, and Google maps to get you to the same spot. In addition to location info, you can find all the camera settings, filters, tripods, and other gear used to get each shot along with the current weather forecast, time of day, location of the sun when the shot was taken, and special tips from the photographer.




Searching For Locations

I’ve had a little over a week to use this app before its release and it’s an excellent tool for travel, landscapes, and even location scouting for portraits, etc. The interface is clean, well laid out, and intuitive, allowing users to search by name or location on its global map, or to browse randomly by subject matter. Users can click on a heart to show appreciation (this also ranks a top photo for each location), and/or click a star to add a location to their trip planner. Searching by photographer allows users to follow the work of others.



A Global App

One of a Kind Photography Adventures has teamed up with several professional landscape  photographers around the world to amass locations and images for the app’s release, and though it has over 300 locations already, it’s still in need of contributions from the photographic community. It’s easy to contribute images, and only requires you sign up as a contributor on their website here. Locations and photographers are all vetted by One of a Kind Photography Adventures, so users can expect accurate information and exceptional imagery in their search for the next adventure. Be sure to head over to the itunes store for a free download, and check out their facebook page to keep up with current developments.

UPDATED 2/18/15: The crew has begun an IndieGoGo Campaign to raise funds to create an Android app. If you want this awesome app for your Note 4 (or whatever Android device you may have), head over to IndieGoGo now!



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Ryan Filgas is an aspiring portrait photographer and studio arts major at Humboldt State University. His life consists of talking with friends, taking classes, and planning his next outdoor adventure. You can find his work on his website, Facebook, Google+, or connect with him via email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. desmond chislom


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  2. Antti Paukku

    I have published a quite similar app that helps find good and popular photography spots on a map.

    Spot a Spot enables you to see on a heat map where others have succeeded in taking great photos. The app uses data from Flickr’s best rated photographs.

    You can find more info:

    It would be great if could give any feedback or ideas how to develop it better.

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  3. Laura Tenney

    Hi All,

    I tried to download the app, which said “free”, but iTunes was requiring my payment info. Has anyone downloaded it? Did you pay for it?


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    • Ryan Filgas

      Hi Laura, I believe that’s specific to itunes. They require a credit card on file to download apps (free and paid) whether or not you actually plan to buy anything.

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  4. Sathiaseelan Pitchai

    There was a similar app that was launched 3 years back just for IPad , it was called Stuck on earth.

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  5. Aaron Cheney

    It is a beautifully created app! I really hope it is successful in all aspects.

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  6. Marc Avice

    Very cool app !
    Let’s hope that it becomes a success and many people share their shooting spots.

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  7. Gareth Roughley

    This looks fantastic, I can’t wait to try it out. Is there much listed for the Canadian Rockies?

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    • Ryan Filgas

      Hi Gareth, what’s on the map above is what the map looked like on November 1st, the day of release, so for Canada there isn’t much as of yet, but there’s going to be; it just depends on readers and app users to spread the word and become contributors. It truly is a collaborative endeavor, and one that will become more and more useful as time goes on.

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  8. Mel Sinclair

    Early 2015 Greg… we had to get out with the iOS version first to see what the demand was, before taking it to Android. We’re a self funded startup

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  9. Greg Avant

    When will we see an android version?

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