Photographic Tools – The App
With the advances in technology , one of the most useful items you can use for you photography is your smartphone/tablet. (No not for taking images as with Iponography and now Ipadonography , lol)
I am referring to the thousands of APPS you can purchase or download from various platforms. For me , I thought of sharing a few of my current apps that I use with my Landscape and Wildlife Photography. Please share yours in the comments in the interest of sharing.
The three top apps I have on my Iphone currently are as follows:
1- TPE – The Photographers Ephemeris
I use this for scouting areas prior to visiting and also look at the various sunsets and sunrise lines. Very useful for shooting night scenes and seeing the topography of the proposed location
2 – Wind Guru
This is great for watch cloud cover and heights especially for some of those amazing flaming skies. I found it to be extremely accurate , even on a recent trip to Botswana and Kenya. It works with most recognised towns/citys or places which are regularly requested.
3 – Moon Phase
A excellent app for getting all the facts and times for the moon and its phases , rise/set times and percentage of light for those exciting night landscape shoots .
My main focus here would be on apps that add value to my photography and use both educational and interactive applications.
4 – AFRICA Live
This app started off a few months back with just the Kruger area. It has now evolved to include a large number of reserves and travel destinations all over Africa. It is real time and you can use the history function and details to determine ranges and areas specific animals travel. Not a perfect science but a great tool !
5 – Kruger Park Sighings
A fast growing community and app that is very up to date and interactive especially to help find the elusive targets you may wish to see. Where signal is available , updates realtime in Kruger. Some may feel that it removes the thrill of the suprise or chase but I have enjoyed watch at home and torturing myself with the online updates and dream of Kruger.
6 – eWildlife Africa
Really handy application that include basic facts of animals , tree’s , reptile , invertebrates etc. Not a diverse listing but a large number of interesting offerings for the enthusiast that wan to brush up on there bush craft.
7 – Sasol E Birds
Great for basic bird ID. Affordable and for the not so committed birder it provides all the information and even has most of the birds sounds.
8 – Roberts VII Birds of Southern Africa
The ultimate birding application. It does not replace the feel of a genuine hard cover book or the limited edition leather bound issue but for traveling and accuracy this one takes first place. It is a investment but for the serious twitcher it is a very important addition to there birding arsenal.
I hope you find this information useful and look forward to you sharing your favourite apps in the comments section!
Peace n Light – AA