The big Google Maps update announced at Google I/O 2022 may be the most significant since the introduction of Street View in 2007. But its most exciting new feature, ‘Immersive View’ ‘, won’t just be a boon for tourists – as a photographer I think it also has huge potential for planning photography.

Good photos often look like sparks of inspiration, but they are nearly always the result of careful planning. If you know the layout, lighting, and weather conditions at a certain location in advance, you can save time waiting for a metaphorical lightning bolt to happen. And Google Maps Immersive View could also be a great new tool for street photographers.

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