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Determining the location of the sun throughout the day?

 
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Nov 09, 2016 19:09 |  #1

I am new to photography and want to schedule outdoor shoots in different locations at different times of the day. How do you go about planning where the lighting will be at different times of the day for this? I could just go with where the lighting is when I show up, though what if you are going for a specific look at a location? Is there some app that will not just tell you the time of Golden hour, but somehow show you where the sun will be at various times of the day? How else do you go about this?

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Nov 09, 2016 19:16 |  #2

There are apps, most of which are paid though.

Personally I scout the location a week or a few days before the shoot, this allows me to figure out which areas have the best light as well as reduce the chance of any unwelcome surprises on the day.


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Nov 09, 2016 19:19 |  #3

You have to pay for the app but the website you can use at no charge. Very handy!

http://photoephemeris.​com/ (external link)


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Nov 09, 2016 19:24 |  #4

i think the photographers ephemeris is one of the only apps i've ever paid money for...it's totally worth it...on the phone you can toggle a gps mode where you can use your phone like a compass and point it around to see where the sun will be at any time of day...it works without a signal, so you can still see where the sun will be

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Nov 09, 2016 20:25 |  #5

Did you try looking up? Experience matters. Go practice.




  
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Nov 09, 2016 20:39 |  #6

The sky id not like studio lighting...ya can't plan for proper lighting.


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Nov 10, 2016 17:58 |  #7

suncalc.net




  
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Nov 11, 2016 09:59 as a reply to  @ kjonnnn's post |  #8

I use suncalc.net all the time, in conjuction with wunderground.com. Both work great on my smartphone.


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Nov 11, 2016 10:25 |  #9

for Iphone users try http://www.photopills.​com/ (external link)


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Nov 11, 2016 11:17 |  #10

kjonnnn wrote in post #18181187 (external link)
suncalc.net

I looked up Suncalc on my Android... I got suncalc.org ... is that similar or different?


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Nov 11, 2016 12:04 |  #11

birderman wrote in post #18181700 (external link)
for Iphone users try http://www.photopills.​com/ (external link)

Great app.


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Nov 11, 2016 12:43 |  #12

Inspeqtor wrote in post #18181734 (external link)
I looked up Suncalc on my Android... I got suncalc.org ... is that similar or different?


I don't think it is the same. But, it certainly has a better look and feel. And it has a free app for smartphones. I might shift allegiances :)

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Nov 13, 2016 04:26 |  #13

I use both photographers ephemeris and Sun surveyor on my android phone and Ipad. Both have excellent features and will import KML files for viewpoint locations. I use both as though they are similar they have their own strengths depending on what you are looking for.

Did you try looking up? Experience matters. Go practice

is great if you are able to visit the place in advance and you are planning the shoot within the next few days but if you have to turn up on the location cold or its in a months time or more that using a tool to track the lighting is a good idea.

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Nov 16, 2016 11:03 |  #14

I've just discovered "Sun Position" phone app by Stonekick.

Dial in a date (today or a date in the future), point the camera at a scene, and it shows you on the image where the sun will actually appear on that date in that direction. It can also show you the sun path across a map or earth image, "golden" hours, and such.




  
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Nov 16, 2016 14:57 |  #15

Another recommendation for http://photoephemeris.​com/ (external link)


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