APPS really useful for photography

Recently I discovered some really great apps that can help you improve photography. If you know more such apps please share them in comments.

In order not to name only a few or just the ones that I use, I’ll try to group these apps into categories so you can search for more or better apps that do similar things.

App showing moon phase and stargazing conditions - for those photographing at night this type of app will be great.

A beautiful night sky, the Milky Way and trees

You either want to know if you’ll have a clear sky where milky way is visible or you want a bright moon that makes long shadows on ground. Of course clouds can be in your way, so there are some stargazing apps that will tell you if the sky in your area is clear or not. ex: Phases of the Moon, Stargazing.

Full moon and clouds

Apps that calculate the depth of field and/or hyperfocal. Only a few people will want to know the length of the depth of field they’ll get when photographing digital.

Needle and blue and yellow thread, shallow depth of field

Usually you can try and adjust by seeing the results. But there are various instances when you want to know that and only the cine lenses have a good or reliable DOF diagram painted on them. So you might want to use an app for that, an app that will take into consideration the focal length used, the aperture value and camera sensor dimension (smaller sensor means larger DOF).

Nature panorama mountain landscape at sunset, Norway.

Also these apps will make it easier for you to set the lens on a hyperfocal - if you’re either shooting landscapes or just daily life and you care more about composition than DOF, these apps are really helpful. EX: DOF Calculator, HyperFocal Pro, DoF plus.

Visiting new countries or areas? The apps telling you the sun direction in a specific place will help a lot.

City sunrise

Some apps will let you set a focal length and aperture and project the viewing angle on map so you’ll know before getting there if you are able to catch the whole landmark in the frame when shooting from the sidewalk using a 28mm lens.

New York City Skyline

Not only that, but you can see the sunlight direction during day, even if this trip day is set 3 months from present. Not a long time ago, photographers had to take long walks through a new city they wanted to photograph in order to watch for the best light for photographing. Now you can tell at what hour the light on the streets of Paris will look great in your trip from next year. EX: PlanIt for Photographers, SunPosition Map, Suncalc.net, sunphos, light track.

Photo credits: Vaclav Mach, Bevanward, Constantin Opris, Gryzeva, Lawsonpix, Tomas1111.

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January 13, 2016

Piscari

#4 is very beautiful place.

January 07, 2016

TMarchev

I love cities they a're nice !!!

December 29, 2015

Onime

great info, thank for sharing.

December 29, 2015

Thanakrits15

Looking good there! Really love the picture of the moon and the needle. I also have DOF Calculator installed on my smartphone, but since my smartphone is extremely slow, I haven't had the chance to use it at all. Great app though: does everything you need for the low price of free!

December 21, 2015

Photostella

Excellent work!

December 21, 2015

Haotian

Glorious pictures! Love the serenity of the star field. Thanks for sharing.

December 18, 2015

Sam20140218

thank you for sharing!

December 16, 2015

Adammeadows12

great! thank you for sharing:)

December 15, 2015

Angelaostafichuk

Awesome. THanks for this, always looking for new apps to help!

December 15, 2015

Smjoness

Those are really useful apps that I use a lot. I also like the panorama calculator apps that are helpful in planning a panorama shot to get the right overlap for any focal length lens. And I use Easy Release for model and property releases. It's great to be able to fill out and sign the release right on your phone so you never get caught out without a release!

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