If you are serious photographer this is the tool you should be using all the time, and is free!
Photography is art but very closely related to science too. As we all know light is the ultimate tool for any photographer out there. At some point of the human history predicting where the sun will rise in the morning and set in the evening was sort of challenge (and let’s not forget that the sun changes its position over its yearly cycle): the same apply to the moon cycles.
Before the rise of the digital era the only way to predict the sun and moon cycles was obtained by gathering, over long period of time, some complex data base of numbers. But as photographers we usually would like to concentrate on the artistic part of our craft than delving into resolving some complex numerical puzzles.
And luckily for us there is a, free, tool that helps us resolve the mystery of light in a very easy way.
The Photographer’s Ephemeris:
This is the tool that can improve your outdoor photography a lot in terms of predicting your natural light source location during different times of the day/night and yearly. This tool can help you find out the specifics of a location, that you are planning to visit, and the way surrounding landscape my affect the light through the whole yearly cycle.
I won’t be going in much details here about how to use it, as on the website there are plenty of tutorials on how to use the tool and what it do exactly. The Photographer’s Ephemeris is available for free download for a desktop and it also can be purchased as a mobile phone app.
I’m really glad that I came across this tool as it is a very simple and elegant solution to some serious matters when comes down to photography.