Smartphone apps for photographers can make life a lot easier. What programs are worth installing and supporting in the field? Wiki Wallpapers presents a few suggestions, which we use for photography.
The Photographer’s Ephemeris (TPE)
Light in photography is the basis, because photography is nothing more than painting with light. The first thing I do before I go to the photos is to get acquainted with the lighting conditions of the place I have chosen.
The sun will start coming up from behind the castle and will show the lights that everyone will go crazy. We arrive and it turns out that the sun rises in a completely different place. TPE helps us to determine and choose the right place to capture the dream frame.
The application provides similar information as the TPE, i.e. the hours of sunrise and sunset and directions, but I like it the most for the possibility of simulating the sunset compass on the target. I remember that I once went to one place, namely to photograph the devil’s bridge in Kromlau.
There was no chance for the colourful clouds at dawn that I was hoping for, and the place itself is surrounded by trees. I knew that there was no point in getting up at dawn, because it wouldn’t work anyway. The day before I checked what time I should have come to catch the sun in the form of an asterisk in a place of my choice.
EXSATE Golden Hour
This application combines the advantages of both TPE and Sun Surveyor. In addition, it is free of charge. And it has even more to offer. Something that I dreamed about years ago, so that someone could come up with a solution. Exsate allows you to plan when to come to a given place in order to find the conditions expected by us.
Until I had this application, I rather determined the time of exposure when using ND filters by trial and error method. However, the problems with this application are over. It helps to calculate the proper exposure time.
Enter the exposure parameters in the application without the filter and get the result, which tells us what to expect when we assume, for example, the ND1000 filter (this is mainly what I use). Esposure Calculator application has a built-in timer, i.e. a timer. A similar application, but only for iOS, is Long Exposure Calculator.
Landscape photography has this in common, that unfortunately it makes us very dependent on the weather. There will be no phenomenal golden hour, no stars, no milk way if we have a cloudy sky. Of course, we are not able to predict the weather and sometimes the best applications will fail, but the one that least disappoint me usually is the Norwegian application YR.NO.
Light Pollution Map
As long as I don’t have such a big problem with getting up in the morning, night harps aren’t really for me. But it’s not possible, because I like night photography the most, especially in the places with the least light pollution.
Then you can see the stars most fully and even shoot the fabulous milk way. If only it wouldn’t be necessary to take it at night, it would be perfect As long as I don’t have such a big problem with getting up in the morning, night harps aren’t really for me.
But it’s not possible, because I like night photography the most, especially in the places with the least light pollution. Then you can see the stars most fully and even shoot the fabulous milk way.
My Aurora/Northern Eye
Strictly speaking, another application has been created for the aurora. It is worth to have it installed not only when we go to the far north. If My Aurora is installed, we will be alerted with a high KP. The application allows you to observe how the probability of the aurora aurora occurring in a given location changes.
It is especially useful for those who are going to the ocean. It is very useful to me at the moment. Whether I get to the caves and at what time does Tide Charts help me, detailing an hourly graph of tides and tides.
Peak Lens and Peak Finder (paid)
More than for planning I use this application to remember and explore the terrain. I often take pictures in the mountains and sometimes I either can’t remember or I just want to know exactly what peaks I’m taking pictures of.
I can easily take a photo and remember at home, e.g. when describing the photo, what kind of peak you can see in the photo. Peak Lens is free of charge, but a similar application, only Peak Finder is paid for.
Stellarium and Sky Safari
Both applications are useful for observing the night sky. They can serve as a fun game that teaches, but can be useful for photographers to determine where and when you can see the center of the Milky Way. For many photographers, including myself, this is a very important issue.