A must-have for pho­tog­ra­phers. $14.99 | PHO­TOPILLS.COM

APC Australia - - App Store - Dave Steven­son

If you’re any kind of photographer, ig­nore the price, buy this app now. It’s like a Swiss Army knife, giv­ing com­mit­ted snap­pers a whole ar­ray of tools to help plan, vi­su­alise and ex­e­cute images. If you’re adding an ND fil­ter to your cam­era and want to cal­cu­late what your shut­ter speed should be to get the cor­rect ex­po­sure, there’s a page for that. Want to cal­cu­late your lens’ depth of field? There’s a page for that, too. Open the Plan­ner and set the map to any lo­ca­tion on Earth and Pho­toPills will show you where sun­light is cur­rently com­ing from, where it will be at the be­gin­ning of the golden hour, and where the moon will rise. Bet­ter yet, you can move the map around and see what the light will be there. There’s a Milky Way cal­cu­la­tor, al­low­ing you to see where the Galac­tic Cen­ter will be, and at what an­gle. There’s even an Aug­mented Re­al­ity mode, us­ing your de­vice’s cam­era and over­lay­ing where the Milky Way will be in the fu­ture. The learn­ing curve is steep. In par­tic­u­lar, if you’re not com­fort­able with ce­les­tial terms such as az­imuth, astro­nom­i­cal twi­light and Galac­tic Cen­ter, pre­pare to in­vest a bit of time in the devel­oper’s su­perb YouTube tu­to­ri­als. But once you’ve learned the ropes, you’ll never go back to man­ual meth­ods. In­vest some time to learn it and this ver­sa­tile tool­box app will quickly prove in­dis­pens­able.

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