Photographer’s Ephemeris 3D Predicts Where and When Natural Light Will Occur

The Photographer’s Ephemeris is a very popular app that allows you to plan landscape photography shots by showing you the position of the sun and moon.

The original app allowed you to see the direction of the sun or moon at any point in the day from a given location. Which was cool, but the brand new 3D version is launching, and it will let you see how the light itself falls onto the topographical landscape.

The Photographer’s Ephemeris 3D, allows users to watch a sunrise or sunset from the future. You can view land, anywhere in the world, in 3D and watch the light fall onto it as it will in real life. The new app also offers the ability to watch the stars in 3D movement. So, finding the Milky Way and keeping it in your sights will be a breeze. As will tracking sunset shots behind mountains.

TPE 3D’s feature list is pretty incredible:

  • “Sun, moon and stars are shown against a 3D model of the actual landscape: you can see if the moon is next to a specific mountain peak”
  • “Controls for date, time of day and camera position are designed with photographers in mind: it’s easy to check the light for just the time you need”
  • “Seeing the light against a topographic map makes it easy to interpret: satellite map images often have shadows ‘baked in’”
  • “In enhanced mode, you can control the focal length of camera, making TPE 3D useful as a guide to composition and lens selection”

The Photographer’s Ephemeris 3D is available in the iOS app store for $20 in select countries, available worldwide on the June 27th, 2017.

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