5 Simple APPS for LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY

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In this week’s episode I discuss 5 simple apps that I use for landscape photography. When it comes to photography apps I look for simplicity, ease of use and most of all accuracy. I prefer apps that have a simple user interface that enables me to obtain the information I’m looking for quickly and without having to dig through mountains of other information to find it.

My craving for simple and speedy information is what’s led me to the 5 apps discussed in this video. Don’t get me wrong, there are other landscape photography apps out there that provide a greater level of detail than the 5 apps discussed in this video, but most of the time I don’t require such comprehensive information. The majority of the time I just need the basic information related to cloud cover, location and sunrise & sunset.

I’ve been using these apps for photography for quite awhile now and find myself relying on them more and more. They’ve become a necessary part of my landscape photography workflow and are worth their weight in gold – especially since most of them are FREE! Hopefully you’re not familiar with all the apps discussed in this video and are able to pick up at least one new suggestion.

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**5 Simple Apps for Landscape Photography**

1. Clear Outside
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/clear-outside/id921555752?mt=8
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.firstlightoptics.clearoutside&hl=en_US

2. MeteoEarth
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/meteoearth/id619814752?mt=8
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mg.radar.channeltoday.tomorrow.live.meteoearth.com

3. LightTrac
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/lighttrac/id392892355?mt=8
http://www.lighttracapp.com/

4. WeatherBug
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/weatherbug-weather-forecast/id281940292?mt=8
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.aws.android&hl=en_US

5. Google Earth
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/google-earth/id293622097?mt=8
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.earth

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Comments

Damian Waters photography says:

Only one I would add, which I use almost every day, is a tide time app. I use My Tide Times and as I live near the coast, an essential tool for both photography and safety purposes.

nimmira says:

By the way, isn’t Bodie is also a name for some ghost town in California? (or was it Nevada?)

Enrique says:

Just found your channel, very informative. Subscribed.

seoulrydr says:

Please, please puh-leeeze tell me you’re aware of the irony of coming in from the rain to discuss weather apps? i was waiting for you to play it up and you didn’t! What gives? Nice vid either way.

photography by...Mark Myhaver says:

Thanks Mark. Didn’t know about Clear Outside and MeteoEarth. I will play around with them. I also like the lightning strike of Weather Bug as well as it being my go to weather app. I do use the Photographer’s Ephemeris regularly including the three set bundle. I find the bundle to be much better and well integrated to use over PhotoPills. It also has Google Earth built into it. Having used it for quite awhile I find it very easy and intuitive to get exactly what I need, including sun and moon rise and sets, etc. PhotoPills does have a few other photography tool in it if you need to use them. If been doing it long enough that I do not so much need ND exposure compensation and depth of field tools. That being said they are a nice inclusion. Overall The Photographer’s Ephemeris (full suite) is my go to planner.

timeSlidr says:

VR = You’re in a different environment
AR = You’re in the same environment but with things overlayed on top of it

Cristian Baluta says:

Beside weather and night sky info the most useful tool is for scouting, and because there’s no decent app for that i made one, it’s called Spoto https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/spoto-photo-video-scouting/id1402237023?mt=8 The way it works is you can do your own database of places you want to photograph, you make a prior visit to them, you find your composition and add it to the app then you can return when the conditions are the ones you want. If you have many places like this or they were really random in the. middle of nowhere i think you’ll start to forget them and this app comes in handy with this. The way I used it last week was to plan my Iceland trip, i had all the popular places in the app and i could open them in google maps for routing with one touch. So i didn’t had to constantly figure out what i want to see and how far they were because they were all in the app.

Donald Johnstone says:

You should check out Exsate Golden Hour as a (free) alternative to Lighttrac.

Scott Heaney says:

It seems like LightTrac looks and works identically to the comparable tab in photopils. But considering its only 1 dollar less than Photopils, and offers only 1% of the functionality …I don’t see the point in getting lightTrac over pils. You’re certainly not wrong that PhotoPils is more complicated and takes some time to learn how to utilize everything…but in my opinion, its very much worth the time investment to learn how to use it. You wouldn’t get a new DSLR camera and be like ‘ah, theres too many buttons and menu options, I’ll just use my cell phone’ lol. Anyways, love all the tips and insights as always. Keep up the good work man!

Larry Kay says:

Love using PhotoPills for planning my landscape astrophotography. Great app with loads of functions and calculations. It uses augmented reality which is seeing the scene thru the phone camera lens with layers of additional info added on top.

Bernd Bajohr says:

My favorite app is PhotoPills

D says:

Amazingly helpful video. Thanks. I’m not a fan of WeatherBug once it was revealed they were collecting non-anonymous location data and widely selling it. But I’m excited to try out the other apps.

Birgit Smetana says:

Weather apps are so important for an outdoor photographer – yet I don’t use them enough … thanks for the reminder!

Jonathan Koivuniemi says:

There is one feature i Google Earth that I really like. By enabling photos in the menu you can scroll around on the map and see photos from certain location. I find it pretty useful because it gives an expression of how the landscape looks like from eye level.

Rick Nelson says:

Thank for this I am adding most of these to my phone. I am in the Raleigh, NC area! love your content. @Carolinahawkeye on instagram

Scott Spain says:

Great video. Thanks for sharing! I’d really love to see you plan a single shot from start to finish using all 5 apps. My favorite app is Geotagr. Been using it forever. I love that I can go back so many years with every photo geotagged.

Giuseppe Milo says:

Sun surveyor is also a very cool app to check where the sun is gonna rise or set… there is also a live view via the camera.

Pachari Adventures says:

Awesome suggestions! I’ve been meaning to find a good app for cloud cover so thanks for those two! Sun Surveyor has been my go to app for the ephemeris stuff w/ the map and live view and I like it. I bought Photo Pills as well but I like Sun Surveyor better.

Tim Scanlan says:

Hi Mark. New subscriber here from the UK. Really enjoying the content on your channel. I use most of the apps you discussed but thought it worth letting you know about a great free weather app for mobile devices called YR. It’s a Norwegian app run by the Norwegian Metrological Office and the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation and is the most accurate predictor of cloud cover I’ve used.

Nigel Morley says:

Useful stuff Mark. Thank you. Two which I use but suspect only UK applicable are , one called “My Tide Times” which shows the times of high/low tides in any given location (the clue is in the name!). Around the British coast we have tides that can vary as much as 6 or 7 metres in height in 6 hours (up to 20+ feet) so it can have a massive impact on your coastal shots as well as ensuring you don’t get cut off by the tide (sadly happens regularly !!)..the other is Ordnance Survey maps. Good old victorian cartographers starting mapping the UK in the 1800’s and now we have a database of amazingly detailed maps of varying scales of every area showing every conceivable detail and constantly updated. Great for planning hikes etc and they have a subscription app available which works with your phone’s GPS making navigation easy (so long as you have enough phone battery !!..any big trips to Scotland etc I always take map/compass)…I’m assuming there’s a US tide times app as well though I think in Pinehurst you’re pretty safe !

Paul Downey says:

Great video Mark, I think I’m slight obsessed looking at the weather on clear outside, great app. The dark sky app which shares the same data but isn’t free is very accurate for short term reports. I use Tide Pro for tide times in the UK when on the coast but that’s quite rare for me, has been accurate when I have though. I think also I just use google maps a lot to plan how long the journey is, where to park etc so there is less to think about in the morning when I’m low on caffeine levels.

david arteaga says:

Great videos you put together. I am also a land/seascape photographer. Look at LunaSolCal is free, it’s like lightrac you mentioned. Great work. I’m in year four of doing this, website and the fair circuit. Keep it up!!

Philip Culbertson says:

Clear Outside is my most used app for photography.

Stefan Roeling says:

A good alternative for LightTrac is the app Golden Hour. It does the same as LightTrac but it is free

CostaMesaPhotography says:

Mark– I’ve recently discovered your channel and am really enjoying it. This 5-app episode was nicely done. I recently discovered Clear Outside, and I agree with you on it’s usefulness…provides information not readily available anywhere else (except maybe Meteoearth, which seems redundant in many respects and not as useful). I also agree with the benefit of hourly weather info that you get from Weatherbug, but I have the Weather Channel widget on the homescreen of my Samsung Galaxy (android) and I find useful throughout the day for current weather, and with one tap on the screen, the hourly information pops up….so no extra app like weatherbug to install. I did want to share with you an alternative to LightTrac which is free (and I recognize you already paid for LightTrac so you might not be interested, but check it out anyway)…it’s called SunSurveyor. It not only shows the time of sunrise, sunset, and the directions of those, but also shows a terrific graphic of the azimuth (angle of the sun throughout the day). It’s a great app and one that I put high on the list of my most recommended. Another surprisingly cool app, particular for those interested in night photography, is called Sky Map (also free). What’s cool about it is that you literally hold your phone up in the air, pointing the direction you’re interested in, and it shows you the constellations, planets, sun/moon, etc… it’s fantastic and I’d recommend you checking it out. You’re doing a great job with your channel–keep up the good work! Jon

Miranda Holter says:

I just found your channel and i’m so glad I did! I’ve never used an app for the weather. I will now though! Normally my sunrises are taken from my window at work lol. Sometimes i’ll pull over for clouds. I love sun rays. I would love for you to check out my pictures! My instagram is @mirandaholter. It’s a hodge podge of my pictures, because I don’t know how to do a cool aesthetic lol. My fave apps are Lightroom (of course and it’s really the only one I use right now), and i’ve recently started using Photo Wonder for the removal tool. It’s amazing! I just got Snapseed, and it’s pretty advanced but I think i’ll like it once I get used to it. I’m going to binge your videos now! 😀

Jermaine McDonald-Downes says:

Hey Mark! Nice video, I myself want to get into landscape photography, one app that I’ve used and would recommend is called sun surveyor they have a free version, but you don’t get as much usability as the paid version…. I think you should have a look and give it a try, maybe even do a video on it if you like it!!!

Goat Eye Photography says:

While I like using PhotoPills, I totally get why some – or maybe even many – people are overwhelmed when they use it for the first times. It can basically satisfy all your needs – field of view, locations of sun, moon, milky way, focal length converter between cameras, Exposure calculator when you use ND filters… tbh, I mostly just use a fraction of its functions. Mostly the planner, so I can see where the sun rises or something like that. Helped me quite a few times, the most recent one was the lunar eclipse in January. But yeah, I understand why people say that they are overwhelmed by the functions of Photopills.

I might check out MeteoEarth and Clear Outside. I have not encountered an weather app that satisfies me yet. See, I got a book as a christmas present which basically teaches someone how to read the more in-depth weather forecast maps (Along a bunch of other weather-related photography stuff). High-/mid-/low clouds, wind direction/speed, 850 hPa equivalent temperature… stuff that you don’t see in the regular forecast in TV. And I have yet to find an app which offers me all of those kinds of maps. But something like MeteoEarth with its cloud levels seems to be a good start.

pj1982_ says:

Thank you for these suggestions!

Erick Lindberg says:

Great info my friend!

paulus0109 says:

I use also “photo transit”. Its related to google groundlevel and TPE. You can see the shot you want to shoot with your own focal distance! Have look, its great!

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