The Travelling Photographer Series Part 3: 10 Apps To Use In The Wilderness

Date Posted:28 February 2017 

Get the most out of your adventures. For those who love to be out in the wilderness, searching for the perfect photo, this guide is for you.

Plan ahead with knowledge of the sun and moon, keep track of tides, use your phone as a remote, a compass, a calculator of focal length or exposure and test out augmented reality to determine the position of the sun or the constellations – there’s so much that is made possible by IOS and Android mobile apps. Check out this list of 10 great apps to use in the wilderness and add a new edge to your photographic adventures!


1. The Photographer’s Ephemeris

Available on IOS, Android and as a desktop version

The Photographer’s Ephemeris allows you to plan outdoor photography shots by mapping light from the sun and moon, day and night, for just about any place on the planet. In addition to this, the app boasts advanced features like elevation detection, correction for atmospheric refraction and height above the horizon. If you’re planning an epic outdoor trip, you can use this app to plan ahead and determine the optimum times and locations from which to shoot, all before you even step outside or into the wilderness. This is also great for researching new locations for landscape photos, and will help to ensure you are always in the right place at the right time. The Photographer’s Ephemeris is one of the best app investments you can make to allow you to produce the best photos possible in the wilderness.


2. DSLR Remote

Available on Andriod

There are times when you may wish to use a remote for your camera. For example, you set up your camera in a hidden location when trying to stalk some wildlife. Maybe you want to capture a unique shot and so a remote is a convenient option. Whatever the reason, DSLR Remote allows you to do just this, and also includes an inbuilt timer function. Forget about expensive alternatives, this app is free and can connect to your camera via infrared, cable or bluetooth.


3. AyeTides

Available on IOS

AyeTides has over 12,500 stations worldwide, meaning that you can access tide data for just about anywhere in the world. Photographers who capture coastal seascapes will know that there are a myriad of factors that contribute to the ‘perfect shot’. Tide charts are of particular importance. For example, at low tides, interesting rock formations and landscapes will be revealed at headlands, where as in the same tide, intimate reflections are harder to achieve. AyeTides provides accurate information about the sunrise, moonrise and the tide – hour by hour throughout the day, anywhere in the world.


4. Focalware

Available on IOS

Acting as both a compass and a calculator for the position of the moon and sun, Focalware also offers GPS support and works without internet connection. This app is particularly important for those trips where you really are off the grid, and far away from reception. In addition to helping you navigate, the app also assists in planning to take advantage of the sun and moon's arrival and departure without the need to connect to an online source.


5. PhotoBuddy

Available on IOS

Packed full of useful features, PhotoBuddy is “your personal assistant in all photographic matters”. It also integrates with Apple Watch and can be used to calculate depth of field, angle of view, bracketing, and also tracks the sun and moon. It includes a large database of different cameras and presets, so it’s sure to work well with your set-up in seconds. You can even directly send settings from the app to some Sony cameras, and trigger it wirelessly all from within the app. PhotoBuddy is the swiss army knife of apps for IOS!


6. Photo Tools

Available on Andriod

Photo Tools is the equivalent of PhotoBuddy for Android users. Designed for advanced users, and with over 1 million downloads, Photo Tools offers a number of calculators (DOF & hyperfocal, field of view, exposure reciprocation, minimal shutterspeed, time lapse and more) as well as location information, weather forecast, colour wheel, level indicator and more. And another great feature – it’s completely free!


7. Sun Seeker

Available IOS and Android

This 3D augmented reality viewer allows you to point your phone to the sky to see the path of the sun through the day based on both date and time. With Sun Seeker you can plan photos with unparalleled accuracy, in that you can quite literally see the sun's path in relation to where you are standing. In addition to this feature, you can also view the similar data over the top of google maps, and also in data tables. It’s the ideal app for planning the perfect shot after you arrive on location, as it allows you to pick the perfect angle based on the scenery that you are amongst. This app is available on both IOS and Android, and is a must have for the travelling photographer and those searching for the perfect shot while out in the wilderness.


8. Star Walk

Available on IOS and Android

An excellent guide for night photography enthusiasts, Star Walk is an interactive guide with extensive information about celestial bodies. Simply point your phone at the sky and the star map updates instantly. It can also help track satellites, meteor showers and offers a night vision mode to help preserve your vision. And it doesn’t matter where you are either – no data connection is required!


9. Long Exposure Calculators

Available on IOS

Packed with handy calculators that will help you to set your shutter speeds for shooting everything from moonlight and stars to running water, this app provides quick and easy information to help you setup your camera for the best possible shot. Simply select your shooting parameters and the app will do the rest of the work for you.


10. Photogene

Available on IOS

An editor in your pocket, Photogene allows you touch up photos on the go. You can easily browse, alter and export multiple photos with this full featured photo editor. Crop, sharpen, make colour adjustments, retouch and resize photos all on the go. Photogene is an app for any level of photographer, but the beauty of it is that it’s possible to review and edit photos while out on an adventure.

No matter what adventure you are planning – there are many different applications that can assist you in your quest for the perfect photo. So the next time you head out into the wilderness, get the edge you need with one of these handy applications, and take your photography to the next level!


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