California Photo Locations for iPad, iPhone, iPod, Android

Califorina Photo Scout on iPhone

Now you can stay on top of your California Photo Locations and use the location-based services of your mobile device to find close shooting opportunities. Read the articles conveniently on your mobile device and research any location with ease. This will put the entire CPS (California Photo Scout) database at your fingertips. The map even updates in real time as I add new articles every week, expanding continuously.

Setup is very easy, secure, and completely free. Join the fun and set up your map today! Discover new places while you are out in the field; maximize your potential for winning shots.

Califorina Photo Scout on iPad

Califorina Photo Scout on iPad


Google Maps Account setup

Google Maps Account setup

iPad setup

  • You need Google Earth on your iPad. You can get it free from the Appstore over here. This is not the same as Google Maps, which already comes pre-loaded on your iPad.
  • Open Google Earth and touch the layers button (top left corner) on the iPad, then select “my maps.”
  • Select “my maps account” and sign into your Google account from Google Earth.
  • Select “Grant access” to allow your iPad to connect to your Google account.
  • Got to Layers -> “my maps” again, where you will now see an entry for “California Photography”
Google Earth iPad personal map overlay

Google Earth for iPad personal map overlay

  • Select it and click anywhere outside the menu to start using the overlay. You can pinch-zoom, rotate, and tilt with two fingers and find your location on the map using the locate button (target icon).
California Photo Location map on iPad

California Photo Location map on iPad

  • Select any of the blue markers by touching it. A window with a link will pop up. Click on the link to load the location article directly into Google Earth.
Article Browser on iPad

Article Browser on iPad

The images above are scaled down to fit the format of this article.

iPhone and iPod Touch setup

Viewing the California Photo Scout database on the iPhone and iPod Touch is very similar. The first steps that will add the map to your Google account are the same.

  • Download Google Earth from the Appstore over here. This is not the same as Google Maps, which already comes pre-loaded to your iPhone / iPod.
  • Open Google Earth and touch the (i) button in the lower right corner, then select “My Maps Account.”
iPhone Google Earth setup

iPhone Google Earth setup

  • Sign into your Google account on your iPhone / iPod Touch.
  • Touch “Grant access” to allow your iPhone / iPod to connect to your Google account.
  • Select the “California Photography” map overlay and then click done. The map will now load on your device. You can pinch zoom, rotate, tilt, and locate yourself on the map.
California location map on iPhone

California location map on iPhone

  • Select any of the blue markers by touching it. A window with a link will pop up. Click on the link to load the location article directly into Google Earth on your iPhone / iPod. This will load the mobile version of the website to your device.
iPhone article browser

iPhone article browser

Android setup

A reader, Anthony, was kind enough to share screenshots of his HTC incredible, showing the setup on the Android device. On Android, Google Maps seem to support layers directly. This means you don’t even need to install Google Earth. Instead you can run this layer on the Google Maps application that comes with your Android phone.

Here are the steps he used:

  • The preparation steps, adding the layer to your Google Account are the same
  • Open up Google Maps on your Android device
  • Press Menu and then Layers
HTC Android Google Map Layers

HTC Android Google Map Layers

  • Press “More Layers” in the layers menu which opens and then press “My Maps”
HTC more then my maps

HTC more then my maps

  • Select the California Photography Map
CPS map selection

CPS map selection

  • Thats it. Now you can zoom around and browse the articles directly from your maps application.
  • Android 2.0 or higher integrates maps. When you press the pop up text link, you will see the article on California Photo Scout and when you press the blue arrow on the right, the navigator will direct you to the location.
California Photo Scout on Android

California Photo Scout on Android

Please let me know your suggestions. Come back again to read how to subscribe free of charge on your device and get all the blog posts delivered as they appear on the website.

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  1. Liz Gray
    Posted 2010/06/18 at 03:49 | Permalink

    Very cool! Thanks for the info.

  2. Posted 2010/06/19 at 02:14 | Permalink

    Awesome! Congrats! Although I’m definitely a Mac person, I don’t have any of the iThings but, if I did, I’d subscribe to CPS. I’m still jealous of your iPad, though.

  3. Posted 2010/06/19 at 22:23 | Permalink

    Thanks guys,

    maybe I should have mentioned that you can use the Google Maps overlay on your PC, no device needed. Just click the first link and add it to your maps and you are done.

    • Posted 2010/06/25 at 03:06 | Permalink

      I just did that (on my MacBook), very cool.

  4. anthony
    Posted 2010/06/20 at 01:36 | Permalink

    works on google maps on my HTC Incredible, buried in “more layers” option.

    google earth on my android device doesn’t have the “i” button, and i couldn’t find an option for “my maps.”


  5. Posted 2010/06/20 at 05:40 | Permalink

    Thanks for the images Anthony.

  6. Posted 2010/06/21 at 10:13 | Permalink

    Fantastic. This is really impressive, Andre. Well done and keep up the great effort and work.

  7. Posted 2010/06/24 at 17:55 | Permalink

    Great idea…I need to finally get myself an iphone in order to take advantage of this :)

  8. Posted 2010/07/01 at 00:14 | Permalink

    Andre, this is really awesome. You are raising the bar. Had to get my 16 year old’s help in order to follow the directions precisely enough to make it work, but now I’m up and running!


  9. Posted 2010/07/24 at 03:04 | Permalink

    Just downloaded your map to my iphone. Thank you so much for all the useful information!

  10. Uhearthat
    Posted 2011/03/07 at 18:09 | Permalink

    Thank you… Android kinda guy here, but love the idea and I hope to do the same when I go back out to finish the Grand Circle.

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    Posted 2012/08/08 at 13:19 | Permalink

    THANK YOU for the work you did to create this Google Map. This is awesome!

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