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.
- If you have not already done so, sign into your Google account (Gmail account).
- Click on this link or copy the following url into your browser:
- You will now see the map overlay in Google Maps on your computer:
- Click on the “Save to My Maps” link in your browser (red arrow)! This will add the map to your Google Account.
- 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”
- 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).
- 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.
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.”
- 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.
- 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.
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
- Press “More Layers” in the layers menu which opens and then press “My Maps”
- Select the California Photography Map
- 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.
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