When you’re looking to get out and grab some landscape or sunset photography, getting the perfect light is usually a game of chance, but a new web app called Skyfire is looking to change that. By using a proprietary algorithm, Skyfire creates a heat map of light quality, ranked on a scale of 1 to 5, across the United States so you can find the perfect spot and plan your trip ahead of time.
In the past, we’ve shared both PhotoPills and Golden Hour with you, two much-loved apps that help you plan when the best time to shoot is. Well, today we have add new contender to the lineup.
It’s called Lumy, and in terms of functionality, it falls somewhere between the feature-rich PhotoPills and super-simple Golden Hour, offering only what you need and nothing more through a simple, intuitive and beautiful design.
The team behind the photo narrative platform Exposure just released a brilliant little app called Golden Hour.
Bringing their philosophy of doing one thing well to iOS, Golden Hour is an extremely minimal, beautifully designed app that alerts photographers when the most sought-after time of day is upon them. Read more…
We all know that light is the crucial element in photography. Understanding how it behaves and the factors that influence it is mandatory. Read more…
The “midnight sun” is a natural phenomenon that occurs in summer months near the Earth’s poles where the sun doesn’t set and is visible 24 hours a day. During these times, the sun travels horizontally across the horizon throughout the night, causing the landscape to be bathed in an extended “golden hour” light.
Back in June, photographer Joe Capra traveled across Iceland for 17 days, covering some 2,900 miles and capturing 38,000 photographs using two Canon 5D Mark IIs and a Canon 7D. He then combined the stills into this time-lapse video showing the beauty of that country during the midnight sun.
You can see sun positions at sunrise, specified time and sunset. The thin orange curve is the current sun trajectory, and the yellow area around is the variation of sun trajectories during the year. The closer a point is to the center, the higher is the sun above the horizon. The colors on the time slider above show sunlight coverage during the day.
It was created by Vladimir Agafonkin. Similar apps include The Golden Hour Calculator and The Twilight Calculator.
The Twilight Calculator is a free and useful web app that takes in your location and spits out a table with when you should photograph if you want to shoot during golden hour.