PhotoPills App Helps You Plan Your Photoshoots Around Sun and Moon Positions

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To say that lighting is important in getting a proper shot is an understatement. It is everything. While artificial lighting is something that can be controlled and mastered, it’s a whole different story when we are dealing with the two natural illuminating sources. The moon and the sun are two such options. Believe it or not, there is an app in the market that deals specifically with that issue, and then some. Remember the name, it’s called PhotoPills, and it may just be the app to end all your lighting decision woes. Introduced to the iPhone just a few months back, PhotoPills is all set to become the new indispensable tool for every shutterbug.

PhotoPills is the perfect sidekick for any landscape or location photographer. To go through its bag of tricks, here’s a brief rundown of what it can do:

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The app comes with an interactive planner that will pinpoint where the sun and moon will be, depending on your set parameters, along with a location scouting tool. The Augmented Reality plots different times of the day and where the sun and moon will be located in the sky. Simply compose a scene with your iPhone and the app does the rest, it even shows the positions of the moon and stars in the night version.

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Interested in photographing the starry night sky? There’s something for that as well. Shoot Star Trails more efficiently and take some of the guesswork out of it. With just a few swipes, you can time how long an exposure you’ll need to capture x length of start trails, complete with a diagram.

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You can even calculate everything from exposure to depth of field to the total memory usage of your next time lapse project. Input your variables and the app does the rest, perfect for those who don’t have the time (or patience) to crunch out those numbers manually.

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It may seem a bit much at first, so allow yourself a few moments to explore the different calculators and tabs before going on a trip. If you haven’t already, do also brush up on your photography terms to fully appreciate the features of the app.

Overall, PhotoPills is an excellent app for anyone who shoots with natural light. It doesn’t matter if you’re a hobbyist or seasoned professional. PhotoPills makes a lot of simple tasks easier so that you can focus more on the important part—shooting.

If you’re having trouble navigating the app, head on over to their tutorial videos for a crash course.

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Patricia Ramos

Patricia Ramos

I am a freelance photographer who is no stranger to smudged lenses, long hours in front of the computer, heavy camera bags (and the back aches that ensued) and missing lens caps. If you know what I'm talking about, you probably have as much love and passion for photography as I do.