PhotoPills Photography App – The Swiss Army Knife of Photography

Hi. In this video, we’re going to look at the
PhotoPills app, the Swiss Army knife of photography. Hi. I’m Adam and welcome to First Man Photography
the channel that will help you take your photography to the next level. If you haven’t done so yet, please do subscribe
to the channel where there’s videos going up every Wednesday and every Sunday. There are tips, tricks, tutorials and reviews. People have also been enjoying my vlog where
I get out and about. You can see a little bit of how I go about
doing my work. Okay, let’s get into this. Today were going to be looking at the PhotoPills
app. I’m going to explain what it is, show you
a few of the features and you’ll really see how it can help you capture some amazing
images. I’ve talked before on my vlog about how
planning and preparation are to photography. PhotoPills is an amazing tool to do that. If you’re shooting landscapes, star trails,
time-lapses, astrophotography, sunrises and sunsets, things like that, then this is a
must have tool for you. Essentially, it’s a collection of tools
that will make planning your shoot much easier. It includes things like an exposure calculator,
time-lapse calculator and tools that will let you know where the sun is, the moon is
and even the Milky Way is at certain times of the year in the locations you choose, sadly,
it is not available for Android yet but stick around anyway because they are porting it
up over to Android, as we speak, and they are hoping to have out by the end of this
year. So get a head start, watch the video and when
it comes out be sure pick it up. So let’s take a look. I have it installed here on my iPhone. If we just go straight into the app it comes
up with the menu system here. You can scroll left and right to choose between
My Stuff, Pills and the Academy. This is not a tutorial video. PhotoPills, themselves, have come up with
a number of really good tutorials to take you through all the features of PhotoPills
and they are accessible through the Academy selection here. You just click on the video tutorials and
it opens up Safari and you can get into those tutorials whenever you want. You can come across to My Stuff and that has
your personal settings. So you can save plans that you make, you can
save points of interest here, it comes with some presets but you can also include and
save your own. Then, if we come down to settings, you can
put in the details of your camera and you can put in your height, that helps you when
using the augmented reality mode, you can save and back them up under the backup settings
here. If we come back out of that, we can then go
into Pills menu, which is the main menu for the app. We can leave the Planner for the moment, we
will come back to that in a minute, but if we start off in the Sun. Just hit Sun and this will bring you into
the Sun menu which then shows you sunrise and sunset times. You can set the date, you can set the time,
you can set your location of where you are and it will pick up on the GPS of your phone
or default to where you are at the moment in time. So you can see the sunrise and sunset times,
the golden hour, twilight things like that and then you have your Augmented Reality button
at the button which will load into the augmented reality and that’s what I can see at the moment
in my studio. So just click Done and come back out of that
and we will go into the next menu which is the Moon menu. This is very similar to the Sun menu. It lets you see the moon rise and moon set
times. It also includes the phases of the moon as
well and you can slide along this slider here which lets you see when the sun and the moon
rise together or separate it will show you that. Come back out of that and go into the Exposure
calculator. This is probably the best exposure calculator
I’ve come across and I use this one all the time. It’s perfect when you’re planning your long
exposure photos or your infrared photography, that kind of thing. It is, essentially, you put your initial set
test photo, put the details of that into the Test setting there and your shutter speed,
depending on the lighting conditions you have that day, and then select the ISO as well. You then select, with the selection here,
what sort of ND filter you are using. So, for me, I use a 16 stop filter, quite
often, so select that, click Done and it will come up with the exposure time you need to
shoot that long exposure based on those test settings. In my case here, I will need to expose for
five minutes and 28 seconds, which is a really beautiful long exposure time. You’re going to get some great shot doing
things like that. This tool is essential for doing that for
me. Come back out from that and then we have modes
like the depth of field mode, the field table. These are all really useful in certain circumstances. I don’t always use these ones. You’ve got Hyperfocal Table, Field of View,
Subject distance, Focal length and, then, you have this cool nighttime augmented reality. This is a nice feature. Just click on that, it loads up augmented
reality again and we can look around and you can see where the Milky Way is amongst other
things at that time of day. Because I’m looking down at the moment, I
can see that it is below me at other side of the world in the southern hemisphere. So you can just look around at the current
time. You can change the date as well. That’s a really cool feature that can be
useful at nighttime. So, if we come out of that, and we’re into
the next mode which is Star Trails. This is a good feature if you’re interested
in shooting star trails. You just slide across on the actual star trails
here and you select the type of star trail that you want. So, if you want a sort of short star trail,
it will show you here you need to shoot some shots for 45 minutes. With star trails, you’re stitching them
together, so it’s not one long 45 minute exposure. It’s a series of exposures over 45 minutes
or you can scroll down on the screen here and then increase the trails. It shows you that you pretty much need to
be setting it up to do it all might, while you’re sleeping, to come up with a star
trail like this. So here we’re at seven hours and nine minutes
and you can see how useful that can be when you’re planning your star trail shots. So we’ll come out of that. You have a similar story for the Time lapses
here but it also gives you the option of showing you how much memory space you will need, what
size of card you will need to put in. That’s a nice useful feature for your time
lapses. So let’s come out of that and then we go
back up to the Planner. This is the main feature of PhotoPills. it is quite in depth but, like I say, take
some time to get into those PhotoPills tutorials. They will really show you how effective and
powerful this can be. So you start by selecting the area on the
screen and holding down to select the area of interest you have. If I select here, I’m going to select somewhere
around Flamborough here, which is where I’m planning my next vlog at the moment. just hold the screen down and put that initial
pin on the screen. It works, there we go and that will then show
you the sunrise and sunset times and moon set and moonrise times. Then, all you do, is just slide across on
this time slider here. So, as you see, we’re at night time there
and as we move through the night, we go into the twilight, before the morning or the dawn,
and then into sunrise at that point and then we’re into the golden hour as the screen
goes orange. Then it turns into daytime. The sun goes round through the day and then
we go back in to the golden hour towards the end of the day. You can see the screen’s gone orange there
and then right round to sunset. So you can see where the sunset and sunrise
will be depending on the particular time of day. You can set the location and you also, again,
have the augmented reality they can set up or go outside see where the sun is that point
in time is good if you out in a location we don’t have a coming this could be a good place
to shoot a nice sunrise or sunset back on the augmented reality so you can setup or
go outside to see where the sun is at that point in time. It’s good if you’re out in a location
where you don’t have your camera and you think ‘Oo, this could be a good place to
shoot a nice sunrise or sunset”. Just whack on the augmented reality and you
can see at what point the sun will set in the sky at that time of year. I find I that quite useful. I use it a lot when I’m out without my camera
planning shots for in the future. Another great thing that the planner does
is plan where you can see the Milky Way. Now this is a really powerful feature. It is complicated but you want to be doing
that at the time of year when the moon is new so there is no moon in sky so you can
see the stars. Just click through on the moon symbol here. There you see it’s a full moon. Keep going through, clicking on that until
you have no moon. It will show you the time of year. In this case, it’s 1st October, in my case
here when there will be a new moon. So that’s the perfect time to get out and
start shooting your astrophotography. You then scroll across and it will show you
when the Milky Way is visible. You can scroll through the night and it will
show you when it’s visible, what the elevations and, if we scroll across again, it will show
you the galactic centre of the Milky Way and what sort of angle the Milky Way will be at
in in your field of view. A really powerful tool. It is complicated but there is a really good
tutorial, like I say, on the PhotoPills website so go ahead and give that a try. I couldn’t live without this app now because
it saves me so much time. It, basically, lets me do all my planning
in the phone here rather than having to go out and about and do it. If you spend some time getting to know the
app, follow some of the tutorials that PhotoPills have put up, you’ll really start to see
your photography improve. You will be capturing images that no one else
is capturing. What I can’t do for you just yet is control
the weather though. I’ve put a link to PhotoPills in the description
below and that will take you to the App Store. It isn’t a free app. It does cost £7.99 in UK, $9.99 in the US. The easiest money you’ll ever spend. The return on investment is incredible I promise. Please leave a comment down below and let
me know what you think if you’ve used PhotoPills before. If you haven’t, are you now going to give
it a try? Do you think it could be useful? I’d really love to hear from you. Please also give the video the thumbs up because
that really helps me out. I’ll see one another video very soon. I’m Adam. This is First Man Photography… Out!!!!

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42 thoughts on “PhotoPills Photography App – The Swiss Army Knife of Photography

  1. Adam. This app will be really helpful to me, especially the ND and DOF calculations. Thanks for giving a preview and thanks for all the videos. Jmc

  2. Ok cheers Adam only reason I asked is that I thought you may love near me at Beverley, I often go to Flamborough, well Bempton Cliffs, keep up the good work and good luck with the channel

  3. Bought this earlier today and really looking forward to using it for Milky Way shots. Excellent explanation.

  4. Just found this. Very nice, thank you. I have a bit of a challenge understanding the accent (to me) of the PhotoPills videos, so your explanation was helpful – even tho it was delivered in the Kings English – I managed to muddle through. πŸ™‚

  5. Do you need an internet connection for the augmented reality? If so it may not be so good when there is no signal?

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  7. I will give it a try! First, I am going over the eBooks from Photo Pills to give me a stronger base and knowledge. I am looking forward to listen to more of your videos

  8. Thanks Adam for your insight. I just used PhotoPils to plan my first attempt to photograph the Milky Way and after watching the tutorials it was spot on and not too difficult to understand. The results are terrific I'm well pleased with my first images.

  9. sorry bad grammar dof ,dof table,hyperfocal dsitance,subject distance and augmented reality , not easy to understand the use of it , than k u

  10. Nice video Adam as usual ☺
    Regarding the filters you use for your lenses I want to buy a set of filters with different stops, is there any guidance or recommended coz I am very confused considering the price to be reasonable πŸ˜‰

  11. Β£9.99 on the Google play store,… on another note, you sure have come a long way in the last 3-years, Congrats Adam.

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