Photo Location Scout App – Download on the App Store

My latest photography app, Photo Location Scout, is now available on the App Store!

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Have you ever been out and seen a location that you thought would be a great photo shoot location? You can take a quick photo or add a note, but sometimes the photo and note get caught up in the clutter of your other photos and notes. This can make it harder to recall the great shot idea you tried to save.

Photo Location Scout helps photographers capture snapshots, location notes, and details of photo locations so they can plan photo shoots. Photo Location Scout allows the user to snap a photo or use a photo from their photo library to help remember the appearance of the shot location.

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Photo Location Scout keeps your shot ideas with photos separate from your Camera Roll or photo library, but the photo still resides on your device. The app makes it easy to scroll through and revisit ideas you had to capture your next great photo.

Users can select from a list of photo types, such as architecture, drone, long exposure, and other types, as well as details to help plan the shot. Users can save the data in the app for later reference, and also go back and edit shot details or delete stored data when no longer in use.

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Download on the App Store by searching for Photo Location Scout, or click the link below.

 

If you get it, please let me know what you think, and send suggestions for other apps!

Searching for Dark Skies in Rural Louisiana

Fortunately, I don’t have to spend that many nights away from home. I drive a lot, but it’s usually there and back. I get up early, work, then try to get back at a decent hour.

Sometimes work schedules dictate otherwise. Sitting around a hotel doing nothing drives me nuts, since I’m used to so much going on at home. So if I can I try to go out and shoot. Since I like to shoot at night or very early in the morning this works out sometime.

Recently I was in Lake Charles, Louisiana overnight, and I wanted to try something different. I’m developing an interest in astrophotography and wanted to find a place away from city lights to shoot the night sky. Enter Dark Site Finder.

This site allows users to search locations worldwide for areas away from light pollution. There’s a color coded map overlaid a Google Maps style display. Lighter colors mean bright areas, close to cities, and darker areas mean areas out of town. If you find a site you consider dark, you can add it to the list of sites. In my case this wasn’t a problem – Lake Charles and most of the communities nearby are very brightly lit.

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This box represents where I spend 95% of my time – so mostly very bright areas. But it’s possible to get into some relatively dark areas.

The blue area shown below is where I was heading:

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I ended up driving about an hour northwest of Lake Charles, close to the Louisiana-Texas  border. It was quiet – and dark. The moon was pretty full, so there was a ton of moonlight. Not ideal conditions, but it’s not like I could pick a different time. Maybe in the future I’ll be able to set up a trip that coincides with the new moon.

In the end I stayed out until around 8. I drove the hour back to Lake Charles, happy that I’d gotten some good (at least for me) shots, and more importantly, increased my skill in finding good locations and working on getting better shots in-camera. This is definitely something I’ll do again when I get a chance.

Hyperlapse Calculator App – Download on the App Store

My latest photography app, Hyperlapse Calculator, is now available on the App Store!

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This app is an extremely useful tool for hyperlapse photography and timelapse photography. Hyperlapse Calculator allows photographers to input standard video format frame rates of 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 50.94, 60 frames per second, select a standard clip length (in seconds), and calculate the number of photos required.

Pretty useful if you’re going out to shoot and want to figure out how long you’ll be on location or if you have enough memory on your SD card because you forgot your spares, whatever.

Photographers can also input the hyperlapse location distance (in feet), and the calculator determines the distance you’ll need to move between shots. Hyperlapse Calculator does the math for you, so you can concentrate on getting setup, getting your shots, and getting your hyperlapse done.

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The app includes a time lapse calculator, and it works in a similar way. Photographers select from standard clip lengths and frame rates, and the time lapse calculator tells the user the number of photos needed for the time lapse clip.

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Two very useful apps in one – great for beginners and experienced hyperlapse and timelapse photographers.

Download on the App Store by going to iTunes and searching for Hyperlapse Calculator, or click the link below. Hopefully one day I’ll develop a version to run on Android devices.

 
If you get it, please let me know what you think, and send suggestions for other apps!