3 essential photography apps

3 Mobile Apps Every Outdoor Photographer Can’t Afford to Miss

May 30, 2015 || By Justin Katz

One of the hardest things about developing a substantial portfolio is the continual need for inspiration. Where to shoot, what to shoot, and how to do it in a unique and interesting way are constantly on the minds of photographers. The three apps featured below are some of my favorite tools for researching how to approach a new scene, when to go, and what I need to bring in order to make the trip as productive as possible.

1. Pashadelic: Shoot better photos with a community of landscape/cityscape photographers

Pashadelic has completely changed the way that I research locations to photograph. Pashadelic founder, Kenji Yamamura created the site because he identified a problem with the closed community culture of photographers.

| “Being at the Right Place, at the Right Time is an important concept to take beautiful landscape photos. Yet in many countries there are closer or secrecy about where and when to take landscape photos." |

Pashadelic seeks to break down this barrier by allowing users to post their photos, the location, and all the details about what it took to get there, and what was required to get the shot. There is also a social aspect, photographers comment on each other's photos, and gain inspiration from their shared work.

Pashadelic photography planning tool screenshot

Download the app now on iOS, and Android. It also has a web version, which I use frequently, but the app is invaluable for when I am on the go and need to find the best place to shoot.

2. The Photographer's Ephemeris

The Photographer's Ephemeris (TPE) app is an invaluable tool allowing you to plan outdoor photography shoots in natural light. It’s a map-centric sun and moon calculator: enabling you to see how the light will fall on the land, day or night, for any location on earth, at any time that you chose. This allows you to plan ahead adequately and ensure the best possible lighting conditions for your shoot.

Download now for the iPhone and iPad, or for Android. There is also a desktop version.

I'm not alone in my admiration for this amazingly useful tool. Outdoor Photographer, and Digital Photography School give it a great shout-out too.

Check out this video demonstrating it's incredible functionality:

3. Sky Safari

Sky Safari is my new favorite tool for helping me plan my night photography shots. Anytime you want to photograph star trails, the milky way, cosmic events, or a moonlit landscape, Sky Safari will be your new best friend.

This tool allows you to be able to understand what the night sky will look like at a designated time of day, anywhere on Earth. Honestly Sky Safari iphone screenshot, before I started using this app, I essentially would just show up and hope for the best. The basic version of Sky Safari 4:

| "shows you 119,000 stars, plus 220 of the best-known star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies in the sky. It displays the Solar System's major planets and moons using NASA spacecraft imagery, and includes the best-known 500 (or so) asteroids, comets, and satellites. It accurately shows you the sky from anywhere on Earth, at any time up to 100 years in the past or future, and lets you identify stars, planets, and constellations with your iDevice's GPS, compass and/or gyroscope." |

For the purposes of night and star trails photography, this is more than plenty. However if you wish to peer deeper into the cosmos and see more constellations and start clusters than you could have ever imagined, then check out the Sky Safari Plus, or the Sky Safari Pro.

The basic version is available for iPhone and iPad, as well as for Android.

Got any others that I missed? Let me know in the comments section below. And make sure to give us a like or share on social media.

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