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*CALIFORNIA & SINGAPORE PHOTO LOCATIONS (New York, Hong Kong & more coming soon)!*
"Where was that photo taken?!" Explorest helps you discover the world’s most beautiful photo locations shared by local photographers and travel experts (many of whom you’ll recognize from Instagram). Our Location Insights give you access to precise GPS coordinates where the photographer stood, detailed directions on how to get there, best times to go, weather forecasts, and insider photography tips specific to each location.

• No uncertainties, get to the exact spot where the photographer stood to take the shot.

• Need to arrive at a spot before closing time? Or take a boat to get there? You'll receive all the instructions needed.

• Know the exact times of sunrise, sunset and golden hours when the light is best for photography.

• Access Explorests’ field tips and photo specs (camera, lens, ISO, aperture, shutter speed) so you'll know what to bring along and how best to capture the perfect moment.

• With so many amazing places to explore, enjoy the ability to track where you’ve visited and want to travel.

• Save the location, tips and details to your mobile device and access them even if you lose service while exploring.

• If there's a place close by serving the best coffee in town, you'll know.


If you love Explorest, we'd be very thankful if you rated us! The more happy users, the more Location Insights we’ll be able to create!

Explorest Premium will unlock all Location Insight information in the app, and costs $4.99/month or $29.49/year. You can subscribe and pay through your iTunes account. Your subscription will automatically renew unless cancelled at least 24 hours before the end of the current period. Any unused portion of a free trial period, if offered, will be forfeited when the user purchases a subscription to that publication, where applicable. You can manage your subscriptions by entering the user settings in iTunes after the purchase. Auto-renew may also be turned off from there.

Privacy Policy: https://www.explorest.com/legal/privacy.html
Terms of Use: https://www.explorest.com/legal/terms.html

What's New

Version 1.2.8

Hire a photographer for a shoot or training from their profile page. Other minor improvements.

Thanks for Exploring! If you'd like to help us expand to more regions and continue populating our database with the world's best photo locations, please take a moment to leave a review. Your support means the world to us and our contributing Explorests.

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5

254 Ratings
254 Ratings

This Is Not Okay.


This app is every California photographer’s nightmare brought to life. One of the greatest parts about being a landscape or outdoor portrait photographer is taking pride in knowing scenic locations. This is a core element of the photography community: knowing “spots” and only sharing them with your close friends and trusted colleagues. (Much like the surfing community.) The mystery of the location of a shot is a core element of the profession. If you want to know where a photo was taken, you have to EXPLORE and find it YOURSELF or know the right people. Well thanks to this app, this aspect of the profession and/or hobby will soon be lost. This is really upsetting. Get ready for all the beautiful, serene shots you see of the California cost become flooded with random pedestrians and wanna-be models. And this complaint/ unfortunate reality-check isn’t coming from an old guy who has been in the business. I’m a 21 year old female photographer that has spent the last 7 years EARNING my knowledge as to where good shooting locations are along the California coast by putting hundreds of miles on my car and making connections with other photographers. Apparently the makers of this app were never taught any industry “manners.”

Developer Response

Hi lollipoplulu - thanks for your review! My name is Michael Lax, I’m the co-founder of Explorest and a professional photographer. I, like you, have worked tirelessly over the years driving thousands of miles and befriending photographers worldwide to discover extraordinary locations. As photographers we have the benefit of being in an industry which enables us to travel and explore for a living; however, we all have many friends who aren’t photographers and are lucky if they get to take a couple trips per year. Myself and the other Explorest location contributors feel compelled to share the world’s beauty with everyone; especially those who don’t have the luxury of time to discover these places on their own. We hear your concern and are very mindful in which locations we include in our database. We don’t include any location too sacred or sensitive to human impact. Please feel free to reach out to us directly if you'd like to discuss further!

Wish it were more open to user additions.


I live in Southern California and there’s so much more to shoot than just the beach. When I first saw this app I thought it was going to be a network of photographers adding locations and leaving tips and notes and was excited to add my favorite spots. There would be way more additions and locations to shoot as opposed to the 3 less than 50 miles away from me. For the few locations it does have how ever it provides with tons of information like best times to shoot and what camera settings and tips on finding them, which is great, but I wish I could add on to it. I like that they partner with photographers but limiting the app to only letting them post locations seems far too limiting and is not letting the app be up to its full potential

Developer Response

Hi Esrever-nl, thanks for your feedback! It’s great to hear that you’d like to contribute your own locations and tips directly into the app. Building this capability, as well as other community oriented features, is on the top of our product roadmap! In the meantime, you can submit locations here: https://explorest.typeform.com/to/E4L547. We will also continue to list locations in the Southern California area, so keep an eye out for them!

Needs more

Why another app

Its difficult to give a full rating. The layout is awesome and there is a good amount of potential in the app, just like what most people say, it needs more locations(including in the state of california, which focuses primarily only in san francisco and los angeles). There needs to at least be some more insentives to buy into the app with at least one picturesque site being free to know what type of information is given. Would love to give this app a higher rating, as it deserves it, but before that happens there needs to be more improvement into the app. Here are some items i think would help the app

More locations even in the state of california

1 free location to know how the app can work. Would make the in app purchase an easier decision

Be able to be more centralized in region( example. Selecting just the city, area, or even split the locations. San francisco and los angeles might be in the same state but they are nowhere close to each other)

All in all its a nice app to have, but needs more to it

Developer Response

Hi there! Thank you for your thoughtful suggestions on how to improve Explorest! To help increase our location coverage across California we're adding new locations each week. We're also developing capabilities to improve city browsing, just as you suggest. Upon opening the app, there's a "FREE LOCATIONS" tab at the top of the feed where you can experience the app without paying. Each month the free locations change so you can always visit again for new insights. Thanks again for your feedback!


Explorest Inc
60.7 MB
Photo & Video
Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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  2. Yearly Membership $29.49
  3. Free Trial Monthly Membership $5.99


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