Pho­toPills

This aug­mented reality app arms you with all of the out­door pho­tog­ra­phy tools you’ll prob­a­bly ever need

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What the app does

This all-round app aims to get you in the right place at the right time, en­abling you to pre­dict when and where the sun or the moon or the milky way will ap­pear at your lo­ca­tion. As well as plot­ting your po­si­tion on a map, one of the big sell­ing points of Pho­toPills is its use of a 3D Aug­mented Reality (AR) over­lay on your phone’s dis­play to help you to find the op­ti­mum fram­ing, visu­alise the depth of field through a scene and more.

When to use it

Al­though it can’t ar­range the per­fect weather for you, Pho­toPills can do pretty much ev­ery­thing else to swing the odds of get­ting a crack­ing shot in your favour. While it’s good for re­search, en­abling you to save plans and notes about the best time of year to visit a lo­ca­tion, it shines on a shoot, with an ar­ray of use­ful cal­cu­la­tors and ta­bles for work­ing out the ideal depth of field, plus hy­per­fo­cal dis­tance, time­lapse in­ter­vals and star trail ex­po­sure times.

How to use it

There’s an em­pha­sis on build­ing a plan with this app, first work­ing out where you want the sun or the moon to be in a shot and then cal­cu­lat­ing the date and time when it will all come to­gether. As with The Pho­tog­ra­pher’s Ephe­meris (see next page), you can sim­ply drop a pin on a map – ei­ther Ap­ple’s Maps or the crowd-sourced OpenStreetMap – and the app over­lays the sun/moon in­for­ma­tion on top of it. When you’re at a lo­ca­tion, you can use the AR view to pre­dict the path of the sun or the moon and en­sure your cam­era is in the op­ti­mum po­si­tion for the peak mo­ment.

Cre­ate and save your plans – the app comes with some his­tor­i­cal ex­am­ples built in

Pho­toPills in­cludes some cool cal­cu­la­tors, in­clud­ing depth of field and equiv­a­lent ex­po­sure

Us­ing the AR view in night mode en­ables you to visu­alise the moon’s path across the sky

There are 10,500 points of in­ter­est in­cluded in the app, but it’s easy to add your own

Drag around the dis­play to set your pre­ferred star trail length and see the ex­po­sure re­quired

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