One of the biggest challenges with outdoor photography is getting the lighting right. There’s almost nothing worse than driving a couple hours to shoot at a location then arriving to discover your intended subject mater is completely in the shade, or even worse, back lit so you’re shooting into the sun. Might not be bad if you trying to take a silhouette or want that angelic glow, but most of the time that’s probably not what you’re after.
The Photographer’s Ephemeris is a program that helps with the planning of outdoor photography. Not only will it give you the time of sunrise and sunset for a particular location, it will also show the position of the sun and moon through out the day and night. This is priceless when trying to schedule an outdoor photo shoot. Now if weather.com could just improve the accuracy of their hourly forecasts…
I’ve been using the free Adobe AIR PC desktop version for what feels like a few years now. I don’t know what I’d do without it. I was very happy a few weeks ago when I noticed they released an Android version.
I’ve run into a few occasional glitches with both the desktop and Android versions of The Photographer’s Ephemeris, but I suspect Google Maps is the cause of the problem, and it starts working again the next time I try it.
Definitely worth the cost of the app