Technology and Photography

Technology continues to evolve quickly but its probably the software more than the hardware that is currently moving quickest. I have recently started using an augmented reality app called Sunseeker to help me plan the best time to take images.

This is a screen shot of the app, taken from the reception venue at my brother-in-law's wedding. It's telling me that to get a decent shot of the front of the hotel, I need to wait until at least 1400, when the sun will have moved around enough to light the front.

Sure enough, it did! But the app does much more – you can point it at the sky and it will physically show you where the sun will be during the day and you can predict the sun's movement at any location at any time of day in the future too, so the changing seasons (particularly relevant up here in the north of Scotland) can be accounted for. Match this up with a location that really needs the light from a particular direction (Stonehenge anyone?) and you can reliably plan for a perfect shot.

I hope this was helpful – the app has really been good for me as I don't have a lot of time to sit and wait for things to happen so it has helped me plan my photography more effectively!

 

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