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Picquest wants to be the Uber for photography

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Location-based search for restaurants, taxis or other services, as offered by Yelp, Uber and a multitude of other apps, have been around for a quite a while but are still growing fast. Picquest now wants to apply the same concept to photography. The Android and iOS app allows you to find photographers on a map or get notified of photographers in your geographical proximity.  

You can then follow them to see their pictures as soon as they're uploaded to Picquest or review their portfolio, send them messages and commission them to take your pictures for you. The app also allows to search for pictures from a certain event, such as sports matches, tech conferences or weddings.  

It seems Picquest has the potential to be both a location- and image-based social network and a business development tool for professional photographers. The latter can be found by and communicate with their current and potential clients. People in need of photography services can find the provider who best suits their requirements. Currently Picquest is still invite only. If the concept looks interesting to you you can request one on the Picquest website


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Total comments: 24
bugalow bill

I don't understand how this works. Are the photographers paid, or just located? Do they get paid thru the app like in Uber, or are they taking and sending pictures for free?

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ryanshoots

In the app world, it's like the 1990's were for the desktop. Wild wild west as far as little players making all sorts of applications. Hoping to make it big or hope somebody big buys their app.

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Joe Mayer

Really? They think someone will need a photographer and needs to know where he/she is "right now"? Yes, a niche app with little value. I can see this downloaded five times. And for those who need a photographer but not "right now", there is always google. Or is that too old fashioned?

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Jogger

The real business case here (i.e. how they make money) is by uploading all of your contacts and tracking your location and other meta data for sale to advertising and firms that reconcile disparate personal information. Have you ever wondered why a simple clock app requires your contact list and calendar information?

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ryanshoots

No I've never wondered that. When you can't figure out what they are selling. They are selling you. Spot on, Jogger.

Someday we'll wish we all had dumb phones.

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TheDevil

Wonder if they will have a setting that will separate photographers from phone-tographers. You hire some dude and he shows up at your wedding armed with an iPhone.

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Yishay

The app is aiming for the SRL/DSLR people and not smartphone photographers...

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Marty4650

There were no plans for that app, but since you mentioned it, someone will invent it.

The competition is fierce in the app industry.

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ryanshoots

@Yishay, correct that is the target photographer. I'll bet the the photography consumer using this app to find a photographer will use this because it's a richer experience than reading craigslist. Richer meaning more pretty pictures.

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M Lammerse

Another nice idea in the hope for being taken over in the future for a huge sum of money.

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tesch

Seems like a great way to let criminals know where the expensive camera gear is for the taking...

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Joe Mayer

I don't get the paranoia. This app is not needed to find you. All you needed is for one customer to deal with you. Now all of his/her friends know all about you. A myriad of ways exists on the internet that allow you to be found. If you're concerned about your gear, get alarm systems and safes as I do.

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Marty4650

OK, here's the scenario. You feel a sudden impulse to have a portrait made, and you are short on time. So you reach for your phone, and use this ap to quickly and efficiently find a portrait studio close to your home.

Luckily, you had the foresight to download this ap last week, just in case this situation ever came up!

This is what happens when someone wants to design an ap, but there are already 10,000 other aps out there, and all the good ideas have already been taken.

So they start scraping for anything that might even be remotely useful.

Next, someone will design an ap that helps you quickly find a philosopher, or a toxic waste dump. Only because no one else has designed one before.

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misolo

Actually, I kind of like the idea of an app to quickly find a philosopher.

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Tom Caldwell

Perhaps an app to find and app that suits the need of the moment.
Myself I think that anyone owning a camera is a photographer and therefor the map of photographers in your locality might be more like grains of sand on the shore.

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AndreaV

Not totally right... anyone owning a camera THINKS to be a photographer, and that's bad.

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misha marinsky4

I'd like an app to find a poet:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAobK3fyGDI

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CBRWizzer

GoogleYourPaparazzi.Com

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ryanshoots

A ride in a car is a ride in a car, so let's choose photographers the same way. Another platform to race to the bottom with.

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AlanG

I see the app working this way, You click on it and a guy next to you taps you on the shoulder and says he can shoot photos for you with his iPhone.

I agree this would only be for very low end assignments but I can't even understand who would be looking for this and how often they would hire a photographer. Maybe if you needed a passport photo and didn't want to travel far.

It is pretty easy to find a photographer on the web. And you can examine their work and choose a specialist. So I can't see what kind of client would need to find a photographer that way. Of course you want to judge a photographer's work by looking at their portfolio on your cell phone while you are in a hurry.

And it isn't as if the photographer needs to be within a mile of you. They do have cars. Once someone finds a photographer this way, are they ever going to use the app again?

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Tripodasaurus

Maybe it goes like this!!
Unattached male aged 24, blue eyes, blond hair, non-smoker, interested in photography wants to meet local female with similar attributes and interest to exchange pics, maybe more.

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eyedo

This scares me. Suppose thieves want to 'find a photog' to steal their equipment! Suppose they pretend to want to hire you and send goons to get your gear and then the 'client' says 'he couldn't find you or whatever...It sounds pretty creepy.Seeing these days 'everyone says they are a photog just because they have a nice camera.' A person that's stolen photos from a real photographers website will probably be luring potential clients with a stolen portfolio.

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jadot

Personally, I like to keep my whereabouts private. Not one of my clients need to know if I'm close or otherwise. My competition can be left in the dark here too as far as I'm concerned.

And if this is proposed to be a useful business tool - in what way?
"I need an emergency photographer - where's the closest one?" That kind of desperate grasping doesn't happen and if it ever did, the person commissioning isn't going to get the best talent based on geo location. Social networking in the future will be more integrated not more fragmented.
Simplified.

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Joe Mayer

Sooner or later, the world will find where you conduct business and where you live. It's inevitable in this world where privacy no longer exists and if you want to be "found" by customers, you have even less privacy than the average person. That said, no one needs to know where I am "right now" either. The world is getting too caught up in "instant". Hiring a photographer is not something to be done on the spur of the moment.

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