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The Photographer's Ephemeris

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The Photographer's Ephemeris

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User Reviews for The Photographer's Ephemeris

Essential tool for landscape photography

I find TPE not only very useful but also essential in some cases for successful landscape photography.Knowing ahead of time where and at what time sunrise and moonrise will occur and even being able to compensate for the effect of obstructions such as nearby hills or more distant mountains has allowed me to position myself at just the right spot at the right time. I highly recommend this tool for landscape photography.

Canonshooter08, Oct 30, 2023
5 for location information, 2 for functionality

As much as I love this app, it drives me a bit bonkers. While you can find the directionality of the sun and milky way and all the cool stuff by placing the pin on the head of ant, the program does require a learning curve.[1] It is not intuitive.[2] The desktop version is equally non-intuitive and does not provide a night option or one that is easily found.[3] You can not enter GPS coordinates easily. On the web version you have to write a URL instead of simply entering the coordinates into two designated boxes like at least a dozen other apps offering GPS functionality.Still, despite these annoyances, it does the trick and once you work through it ‘particulars’ and you couple this with, say, Photopills, it does a hell of a job.

CPE03, Oct 02, 2019
Daily checker

I use this app everyday to check conditions. The apps has a learning curve but once you start using it it becomes second nature. Excellent for planning photo trips and locations. I really like the night time/Milky Way mode and the optional Skyfire feature. Highly recommend this app if your into landscape photography. Only issues I’ve had is the clunky sign in process for Skyfire. Usually have to turn the WiFi off on my iPhone in order to sign in.

Hitecdan, Jan 05, 2018
For City/Landscape Photographs

It is great to show you the elevation and “Flow” of the land. Also it has 4 types of maps showing this in Google & 2 using Apple maps. You can see what you are getting into, but you must remember the this is just a map form yesterday, new trails or changes are not shown. Also the view is of the elevation is great as long as they haven’t built anything or grasses/trees grown too much, which is not true for Charlotte,NC. All this being said, I related the program a 5 Star because it shows you so many points of view, the sun & moon flow in the sky at a specific time and a better location to at least start looking for a good spot to get the frame you want. This program is great for starting a plan from your house and then going out for the picture.

HSchmauch, Jul 04, 2018
App is ok could be much better easily

Why doesn’t the app automatically reset to today’s date? It asks you if you want to, but also includes a “don’t ask again” button. Which is ambiguous. Is it don’t ask again because it will always reset or don’t ask again and it won’t reset. I assure you more often than not people are interest in today and future dates. Not historical.

Jackie Martling, Jul 07, 2020
Don’t Leave Home Without It!

I travel a fair bit and keep TPE in a special directory on the front page of my iPad. I never even think about shooting a sunrise without planning my shots using TPE. TPE tells me when and where I will get the best shot. I can see if I should change locations, recompose or try for another day. TPE is it for me. So appreciative of the updates as well. No negatives.

JGLowe, Dec 24, 2017
Years of use and service

I think I have been using this app for more than 5 years. I have gotten so many great moon rises both morning and night. It is so helpful for planning shoots. A portrait with the sun or moon in the distance is memorable. It has gotten a little busy over the years with all the features but well worth the extra strain on my aging eyes. The developer loves this app and they put their heart and sole into it trying to make it the best it can be. (App Request: Dummy mode: only display what can be used in the 3 hours.)Worth every penny and will last you several camera bodies. This is one of the first apps I recommend to my photo friends and install on my new apple devices. Enjoy.

JJ Everett, Dec 05, 2022
Very hard to use

I’ve had this app for years and it can be helpful but it’s also too hard to use most the time and I don’t think I’m going to renew my yearly subscription again My issue is that the main thing I like to use it for is favoriting a location and then having sky fire notify me when the conditions are good. Haven’t used the app on a while and I can no longer figure out to do something as simple as add a location as a favorite. Went online and tried to find help and can’t find anything. Why can’t you just favorite a location as you search for it? The app could be better if they just made it more intuitive

morningland2083, Oct 30, 2022
Still a beginner but learning a lot about this app

This app is unbelievably sophisticated. My main use is for sky fire. But I have used the tool that allows me to plan a shot by using street view and the type of camera and lens. I just got a new lens for night sky photography. I have zero knowledge of the night sky so this will hopefully help. I am planning on watching some of their help videos to get the full benefit of this app.

NeefaFeefa, Dec 27, 2019
Excellent tool for photographers!

Very useful for planning your photography when you want to create the perfect shot whether it is sunsets, moon rises, Milky Way, or trying to determine visibility between arbitrary points on a map. One feature that I find differentiates this from other similar apps is that it shows the height of the terrain between two different points while taking into account the ENTIRE path between the two points. Other apps simply would disregard the fact that a mountain may be in between you and the far end obstructing your line of sight. To get the most from the tool, watch the videos posted on Vimeo on usage. Once I watched those, I had a much better understanding of how to use the tool effectively. Great stuff!!

petekaz, Jan 02, 2019


"Head and shoulders above the crowd is The Photographer’s Ephemeris. Odd name, great app." - National Geographic "One of the most useful apps for any nature photographer" - Outdoor Photographer Magazine "It worked perfectly. The program was dead on…" - National Geographic "One of the most powerful photography applications that I've seen, one that you'll be using for years and years." - AdoramaTV The Photographer's Ephemeris (TPE) helps plan outdoor photography shoots in natural light, particularly landscape and urban scenes.

It's a map-centric Sun, Moon and Milky Way calculator: see how the light will fall on the land, day or night, for any location on earth. Whether you need at-a-glance information on today's sun, moon and Milky Way data for your current location, or need to plan a precise alignment of the full moon for a future shoot, TPE has the tools you need. The combination of augmented reality, line-of-sight analysis and visual search supports the most sophisticated photo planning needs. Night mode features a 3D representation of the Milky Way, pole stars and major constellations directly over the map, so you can easily visualize exactly how to align your shot. Research and save your own list of favorite photographic locations, using 7 different map types (including 2 offline maps) and save them in your locations list. Favorite locations are always displayed right on the map. Advanced features including visual sun and moon search, automatic time zone and elevation detection, correction for atmospheric refraction and height above the horizon, ensuring that you have the best possible information for planning your shoot. You can even determine when the sun or moon will rise from behind nearby hills and mountains. Key features: - Time/direction of sun, moon, and galactic center rise/set - View azimuth and altitude of sun/moon and the galactic center for any time of day/night - Milky Way, stars and asterisms visualization via 3D map overlay - Moon phase and % illumination - Civil, nautical and astronomical twilight - 2 topographic maps - 2 offline map types - Movable map pins: drag and drop the pin exactly where you need it - Map autorotation using the compass (on compatible devices) - Shadow lengths displayed to scale on map - Save any location you want: no fixed lists - Celestial events including moon phases, apogee, perigee, solstice, equinox - Upcoming solar eclipses for 2023 and 2024 - Network connection not required for rise/set time, azimuths and sun/moon position Advanced features: - Augmented reality view for on location scouting - Saved location synchronization between devices and the free TPE web app - Automatic time zone detection - Elevation above sea level - Distance, bearing and elevation angle between any two points - Location import/export from KML - Magnetic north option - Configurable timeline display - Sun/moon transit times - 'Golden hour' time/duration - Light pollution overlay Geek features: - Line of sight analysis - Find when the sun/moon will appear from behind a hill or ridge - Advanced visual sun and moon search - Azimuth or altitude search priority - New crescent moon visibility - Distance to the visible horizon Available map types include: - Standard, Satellite/Hybrid, Terrain - OpenCycleMap Topographic - OpenStreetMap Sunrise/sunset color forecasts are available (covering lower 48, southern Canada and Europe) with a subscription to the Skyfire service, available via in-app purchase. Note: - Maps and elevation-based calculations require a data connection, except for offline map tiles previously downloaded and stored on your device - Topographic map data is available only between 60°N and 47°S - Availability of map types is subject to change, due to 3rd party map service availability, terms or conditions

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