Tells you when you’ll find ‘magic’

Los Angeles Times - - TRAVEL - Here’s a sim­ple photo app that will help lift your pic­tures out of the am­a­teur zone. — JENLEO

Name: Lumy Avail­able: iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Ap­ple Watch. Re­quires iOS8 or later. Cost: $1.99 What it does: Tells you ex­actly when a pho­tog­ra­pher’s cov­eted “morn­ing magic hour”— sunrise— and “evening magic hour” — sunset— will oc­cur at a spec­i­fied des­ti­na­tion around theworld.

What’s hot: I’m an am­a­teur pho­tog­ra­pher, so I know that the soft light at sunset and sunrise is best for tak­ing photos. The at­trac­tive and easy-to-use Lumy app lets you set a cal­en­dar for your lo­ca­tion and date and en­ables no­ti­fi­ca­tions alert­ing you to when the golden hours oc­cur. It also gives you ahead sup about theweather for even bet­ter plan­ning. If you’re ready to step up your pho­tog­ra­phy skills, you can dou­ble tap the main screen and get seven more photo-cen­tric times such as morn­ing as­tro­nom­i­cal twi­light or evening nau­ti­cal twi­light, to name two. My fa­vorite part? You can ac­cess the in­for­ma­tion off­line.

What’s not: I ac­ci­den­tally missed a “morn­ing magic hour” in Rome be­cause it was too easy to sleep through the 4:30 a.m. no­ti­fi­ca­tion. For me, the in­for­ma­tion is in­cred­i­bly use­ful, but I need to set an alarm. If I had one re­quest for the devel­oper, it would be a com­mu­nity home where Lumy app users could share their photos.

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