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Photography Applications Wot I Use (part 1)

I gave a talk at Otley Camara Club on Feb 21st 2019 that I would have loved to call “Applications Wot I Use”– It was good enough for Ernie Wise’s plays. Instead it went all grammatically correct.


When you are doing outdoor photography the thing that you are looking for is the right light. To get the right light you need to be in the right place at the right time with the right weather. So weather applications are absolutely key to Landscape Photography.


The first place to visit is https://www.metcheck.com/WEATHER/singularities.asp in the UK. This provides you the typical weather at certain times of the year. This is useful for deciding when to book those photography holidays. For example, if you are looking for a lovely foggy shot then a week off mid November will give you the most chance of success. The link above gives you the high level yearly overview.


Next up I use http://www.meteoradar.co.uk/longterm-rain which provides the weather for the week ahead – very accurately. This helps you decide which direction to head at the weekend. It helps you spot gaps in the weather


It helped me take this Lindisfarne Sunrise while the rest of the UK sat under continuous rain. As soon as I crossed back to the mainland, the heavens opened, as predicted.


Lindisfarne Sunrise


So that’s the year and the week ahead covered now for the minute by minute and nothing else comes close to the Dark Sky application on your mobile


https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.darksky.darksky

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/dark-sky-weather/id517329357?mt=8


As long as you have mobile data access and GPS enabled it provides incredible detailed info about the weather you are about to be engulfed in. Handy to know when to give in, pack up and make a quick exit or when to spend that wet and windy Sunday afternoon writing your blog post instead …


Keeping on the subject of weather … Space Weather… here’s an application that will let you know if an Aurora is likely


https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.beebeetle.auroranotifier


or you could use http://www.auroranotifier.com/


So far me and the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) haven’t met. I use the mobile phone application and the only time it would have told me there was an Aurora likely I was on the Isle of Skye which is notoriously lacking in mobile phone coverage. While I slept, blissfully ignorant, the sky turned iridescent green as every photographer I met the following day on the Quiraing was only too happy to show me on the back of their camera’s !!! One day I will get it.

The Quiraing (Not the Aurora Borealis)

Other skyward things to photograph are the International Space Station which streaks across the sky in a predictable pattern. I use this to notify me of the best times to look upwards

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.runar.issdetector

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/iss-spotter/id523486350?mt=8


So far I haven't mentioned Adobe Photoshop ... maybe in part 2 ;-)

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