Introduced in 2013, PhotoPills is the swiss army knife of photography tools, with programs and calculators to get all the information you need conveniently in a phone app. For us using Android we’ve been using The Photographer’s Ephemeris (TPE) due to the fact PhotoPills was designed for IOS only. While TPE is a good program, and fairly straightforward with a desktop version, PhotoPills has always had a bit of an edge on ease of use and the amount of available features. As a project starting last year they’ve finally ported PhotoPills to run on Android giving us non-iPhone users the chance to use this nice tool.
Designed virtually the same as the popular IOS app the Android version of PhotoPills gives you the same location scouting with points of interest, timing the moon and sun, depth of field, hyperfocal distance calculator, and more. You even have the option of using augmented reality, with the device’s camera, to see what your planning live. PhotoPills even has contests, you can upload your photos online for chances to win prizes.
Photopills is $5 more in comparison to TPE but it’s a bit easier to use with a few more available tools. That said it is in open beta, at least until the end of the month, so you may run into a few bugs at first. As they’ve said on their android development page “One year later, we’re now seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.”. If you’re an android user this will be a nice addition to your tools, great for learning, and gives you the ability to plan a lot of your photos in advance.
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