The Photographer's Ephemeris

The Photographer's Ephemeris

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The Photographer's Ephemeris (TPE) helps you plan outdoor photography shoots.

TPE is a map-centric sun and moon calculator: see how the light will fall on the land, be it day or night, for almost anywhere on earth.

Ideal for landscape, nature, travel and outdoor photographers, TPE's map-based approach means you can search for any place name on the planet or position the map pin exactly where you want it.

Advanced features include: automatic time zone and elevation detection, correction for atmospheric refraction and height above the horizon. You can even determine when the sun or moon will be visible from behind nearby hills and mountains.

Key features:

- Time and direction of sunrise and sunset
- Time and direction of moonrise and moonset
- Phase of the moon and % illumination
- Times of civil, nautical and astronomical twilight
- Graphical display on a map (Standard, Satellite, Hybrid, Terrain)
- Rotate and tilt the map for the optimal view
- Compass-based auto-rotation of the map
- Movable map pins - drag and drop the pin exactly where you need it
- Search for locations by place name or enter coordinates directly
- Save any location you want - no fixed lists
- All features available in both portrait and landscape mode
- Does not require network connection for rise/set time, azimuths and sun/moon position

Advanced features:

- Automatic time zone detection for any location on earth
- Determines elevation above sea level
- View azimuth and altitude of sun/moon for any time of day/night
- Distance, bearing and elevation angle between any two points
- Import locations from KML files

Geek features:

- Find when the sun/moon will appear from behind a hill
- Compensation for atmospheric refraction
- Compensation for elevation above the horizon

- Maps and elevation-based calculations require a data connection to function
- Locations outside ±80° latitude (very far north and south) are unsupported
- Map auto-rotate requires a compatible device (with magnetometer and accelerometer)
- Requires that you have Google Play Services and Google Maps installed on your device. Most devices already have both installed. TPE will prompt you to install these if they are missing.

Please visit if you have any trouble installing Google Play Services.

TPE desktop version has been a favorite of photographers around the world for four years. Now you can carry it with you.

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Recently changed in this version

- Locations can be imported from KML files (Android 3.0+, download the file to your device first, then choose Locations/Import)
- Fix: geodetics information would not update after moving one of the map pins in certain circumstances
- Other bug fixes
- SDKs updated

This update requires Android 2.3.3 or higher.

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Comments and ratings for The Photographer's Ephemeris
  • (74 stars)

    by Thomas Adams on 07/04/2014

    Thank you for the support. I enjoy having a visual aid to help me out. Especially when I only get one shot at it, I use this app to plan ahead!

  • (74 stars)

    by Robert Pahlow Jr on 07/04/2014

    Very useful app

  • (74 stars)

    by Michael Cooper on 05/04/2014

    Love this app for planning shoots.

  • (74 stars)

    by Peter Buggy on 18/03/2014

    This is a must have app for any landscape photographer

  • (74 stars)

    by Bill Goodhew on 17/03/2014

    Great for photographers!

  • (74 stars)

    by gianluca buchignani on 12/03/2014

    The best for landscape and architecture pics

  • (74 stars)

    by Aaron Herman on 01/03/2014

    I love using it on my tablet, but I don't take my tablet with me to shoot, and there's no way I know of to export locations like you can on the iOS or desktop versions. Adding this feature would be amazing, until then it get 4 stars from me.