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Picfari wants to help you take the best vacation photos possible

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When looking at a landmark in Picfari, you can view photos taken from various angles and at different times of the day.
If you want to duplicate a shot, you can follow the data in the Photo Detail menu.

If you strive for postcard-perfect images to document your travels, Picfari may pique your interest.

Free in the iOS App Store and also available for your desktop, Picfari offers photo maps of various landmarks around the world, called "Picfaris." You can pick from a currated Picfari photo tour featuring primarily Flickr-gleaned images seleted by Picfari staff, or create your own Picfari using all the images available through the app -- including featured Flickr photos, your own uploaded shots or those others have added to Picfari. The desktop application and Flickr sourcing means the majority of available images are, at this point, DSLR quality. 

Photos of major landmarks shot in numerous angles and lighting conditions could be helpful in planning an ideal shot of a well-known tourist attraction, though Picfari's nascent status means many major destinations currently lack photographic data. Crowd sourcing is bound to vastly improve Picfari. 

Each photo offers EXIF information that would make replicating the image easy: exact geographic location, shutter speed, aperture, ISO and the time of day and year it was taken.

The mining of Flickr photos to build Picfari caught our attention -- for photography enthusiasts, there's another layer of interest here in the possible discovery of Flickr feeds by photographers shooting subjects and locations you enjoy.

Picfari confirmed that these images have been made available by their owners under the Creative Commons license. We were disappointed, however, that it seemed difficult to discover who actually shot the photo and only by contacting Picfari did we learn that if you click on the "Admin scouted from Flickr.com" not-so-obvious link you'll be led to the photographer's Flickr site. It seems this connection back to the photographer's Flickr account is not yet available for the app but will be shortly with an update due this week.

The mapping feature reminds us a lot of Flickr's photo map, though Picfari's app makes viewing the EXIF data much quicker and was clearly made with the traveler in mind. Extras include extensive data about tourist hot spots and weather data fed from Wunderground.com.

Learn more about how Picfari works: 

Comments

Total comments: 18
photonius
By photonius (Mar 31, 2013)

Cool, now we can have exactly the same picture a million times over..... In the light of reducing environmental pollution, I suggest only the first person takes the shoot, and shares it with the remaining 999'999...

1 upvote
fish2fly
By fish2fly (Mar 30, 2013)

Going to Alaska in june dont want to take canon d 30 want something smaler in size for hiking and fishing any suggestions
Much Thanks
fish2fly

0 upvotes
isemaggieliz
By isemaggieliz (Apr 4, 2013)

I switched from canon 5D Mark 11 to Olympus OMD miro 4 3rds. It is light, takes amazing images and is quite well priced.

0 upvotes
ryanshoots
By ryanshoots (Mar 29, 2013)

Finally, Ansel Adams' secret revealed for the rest of us :)

0 upvotes
Saffron_Blaze
By Saffron_Blaze (Mar 29, 2013)

Without attribution of the images borrowed from Flickr you are violating the terms of most CC licenses. I also note that the image "photo detail" given above indicates "All rights reserved". Obviously not a Creative Commons image.

Comment edited 3 minutes after posting
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Hawaii-geek
By Hawaii-geek (Mar 29, 2013)

I would love to buy this app for the Android. and Google Maps :)

0 upvotes
h2k
By h2k (Mar 29, 2013)

When you mention the desktop program, why not revealing the operating systems it's (not) made for?

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Nikonworks
By Nikonworks (Mar 29, 2013)

Can't locate any link to download Picfari to my PC.

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Bob T2i
By Bob T2i (Mar 29, 2013)

The idea of researching good vantage points for a trip holding limited photography time is appealing. The web site is still very early - many places are not represented. I checked Yosemite NP, as I was there last year and used Michael Frye's Yosemite Photo Guide app for planning. Some Yosemite vantage points are inaccurately placed - there are photos of El Capitan marked as taken from east, which definitely have the appearance of views seen from the west.

This isn't ready to replace Google Earth + The Photographer's Ephemeris, for general planning.

If you're specifically thinking of Yosemite, Michael Frye's app (or book) is FAR better.

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zoom fan
By zoom fan (Mar 28, 2013)

This app really sounds interesting and I would definitely use it to guide me in the right direction

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Whois
By Whois (Mar 28, 2013)

Why bother? Just buy the postcard

7 upvotes
steve_hoge
By steve_hoge (Mar 28, 2013)

"The mining of Flickr photos to build Picfari caught our attention" .

And caught mine, as well. If the connection back to the photographer's page on Flickr is not exposed to users of the app, then AFAIK this is a violation of Flickr's Terms of Service.

1 upvote
Vlad S
By Vlad S (Mar 28, 2013)

A sad testimonial to the "me too" mindset.

13 upvotes
RoelHendrickx
By RoelHendrickx (Mar 27, 2013)

For me, "the best vacation photos possible" would be those that are original and reflect the way I experience a site, NOT a replica of photos made before by other people.

11 upvotes
fuego6
By fuego6 (Mar 28, 2013)

True.. but - for those that are not photographers, being able to quickly setup a shot with similar style is a helpful tool. I don't think this will take off because most of the folks that would use this are still stuck in Auto mode - but it is a decent idea.

2 upvotes
LensBeginner
By LensBeginner (Mar 28, 2013)

Style? I think many tourists just want to have a pic of a given place/monument and can't distinguish one photographic style from the next.
Have you ever browsed through Panoramio photos in Google Earth or Google Maps? There's an abundance of similar/identical photos for each famous monument/landmark on earth.

0 upvotes
Ed_arizona
By Ed_arizona (Mar 28, 2013)

YEAH MAY AS WELL SELL THE CAMERA AND JUST USE CELLPHONE

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john3
By john3 (Mar 29, 2013)

This looked like the perfect tool to help me plan my photo trips around the country (Thailand), but after signing up, I found out that they're so new that there's nothing available yet in this country or any of the surrounding countries that I might travel to.
I really wish them success. When I have enough time on my hands, I'll do my part and upload some pics.

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Total comments: 18
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