Unlock your creative potential! Discover how to easily turn any Sun, Moon and Milky Way scene you imagine into a real picture… and start shooting truly legendary photos every time you pick up the camera!

Whether your passion is to capture beautiful landscapes, immortalize the infinite night sky, surprise the bride and the groom in their happiest day... or to travel the world, PhotoPills will make you love exploring new artistic possibilities to tell visual stories in a way it wasn’t possible before.

* All in one app
PhotoPills is your iPhone and iPad personal assistant in all photographic matters. It provides tasty remedies to answer most of the questions when planning and shooting your creative ideas:
- The First 2D Map-Centric Planner: Sun, Moon, Milky Way
- Sun, Moon Alignments Fast Finder
- 3D Augmented Reality: Sun, Moon, Milky Way, Celestial Equator, Polaris, DoF, FoV
- Photo Plans Manager
- Location Scouting Tool
- Key information: Sunrise/set, Twilights, Golden Hour, Blue Hour, Moonrise/set, Supermoon dates, Moon Calendar
- Calculators: Long Exposure, Timelapse, Spot Stars, Star Trails, Hyperfocal Table, DoF, FoV
- Widgets: Sun, Moon, Milky Way
- PhotoPills Awards… and much more!

* Endorsed by Masters
“PhotoPills is an invaluable tool which I use every time I plan a shoot.” – Mark Gee, Astronomy Photographer of the Year.
“A tool every photographer should have.” – Kevin Raber,
“It pays off! Using such a tool ensures that we are repeatedly capable of quickly planning powerful shots; leaving maximum opportunity for more creative ruminations.” – José B. Ruiz, Innovation Award, Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

* How it works
Have you ever walked around a place and thought: "What a pity the Moon isn't EXACTLY right there... I would have captured a great photo!"? What about the Sun? And the Milky Way? Well, now you can let your imagination fly and calculate when this specific magic moment happens in just a few seconds:
- IMAGINE: the Milky Way arching over a powerful landscape, a giant full Moon appearing from behind a nearby hill or a sunset between two rocks on a magic beach... The only limit is your imagination!
- PLAN: easily calculate the exact date and time the scene you’ve imagined happens. Work smarter, not harder!
- SHOOT: just get out there, immerse yourself in the great outdoors, and enjoy living and capturing unique moments.

* Become a Legend
Because we know the huge amount of time, energy and love you put in your photos. We want to HONOR them, SHOW them to the World, and REWARD you with up to $6,600 in cash prizes. It's easy and FREE! Just submit your creative photos from PhotoPills and join the Legacy!

* Never waste an unmissable scene again
Create a To-Do list of planned photos and get to the location on time.

* Get it right
Adjust your frame for the best composition before you shoot. Use the 3D Augmented Reality Views to see whether Sun, Moon and Milky Way will be at the desired position when pressing the shutter.

* Explore, discover great places and create your own database of locations
If you come across a location you’d like to remember, save it as a Point of Interest.

* Enjoy all daily information in just one swipe with the Widgets
Just swipe down from the top of the screen to get all the Sun, Moon and Milky Way events for your current location and date, in addition to your upcoming photo plans.

* Get more than an app
Our goal is not only to help you plan your shots, but also to help you nail them. Whenever you need help, take a look at our How-To articles and videos, join our free online courses or just contact us!

“This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill – the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take PhotoPills – you stay in Wonderland and we show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes. Remember: all we’re offering are Legendary Photos and Goosebumps in your skin, nothing more.”

PhotoPills App Description & Overview

The applications PhotoPills was published in the category Photo & Video on 2013-03-21 and was developed by PhotoPills S.L.. The file size is 37.44 MB. The current version is 2.3.3 and works well on 8.1 and high ios versions.

Hi everyone,

This update includes:

- New cameras: Fujifilm X100F, X-T20; Leica M10; Pentax KP; Canon EOS 800D (EOS Rebel T7i / Kiss X9i), EOS M6, EOS 77D; Panasonic HC-X1000.

We’ll keep improving!

The Bard

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Más de lo que esperaba  Andréscastro27  5 star

Excelente app, muy completa, muy intuitiva. Me encontré con muchas más opciones y ayudas de las que esperaba. Si eres fotógrafo experto o aficionado está app es imprescindible, es de mucha ayuda.

Chris Stew22

Best planning app for astrophotography  Chris Stew22  5 star

Night or day, this will tell you where the sun pr moon will be almost exactly so that you can research a place that you wanted to photograph, and get the sunset or the moon in the picture. There's the VR piece that helps you find exactly where the Milky Way is going to show up at night and exactly what time it will be, with so many time saving features you're going to delete the other apps that this will cover and do 10 more that you couldn't do without. If you're serious about your star photography in any aspect you will not waste your money here. I guarantee that. Photopills if you're listening there is one thing I recommend you put in- the Apple Watch functionality! How awesome would it be to get notifications on your wrist and to get the research data easily on your wrist? This will help everyone! Thank you!


Great app! Dev fixing DoF Table issue next release  Fhoxh  4 star

Response to developer: Thank you for your comments. I very much look forward to the DoF chart bug being fixed in the next release. I'll be delighted to update my rating to five stars. The DoF chart and the Sun timeline are the only features that I use (currently, being a new user) and I haven't had any issues with the latter. In terms of app updates, two months is not what I'd personally consider frequent; many great apps release updates every 2 or 4 weeks. However, for PhotoPills, I'd be perfectly happy with a release cadence of every two months for features if you were willing to issue major bug fix releases sooner, off-schedule. Right now, my situation is that I paid $10 for what I know is a great app (not to mention that I paid another $10 for the app, having gifted it to my sister), but I can't use the one major feature that I care most about now, until perhaps two months from now, assuming it's even fixed for the upcoming release. Update: I've increased my review from one to three stars as the developer seems to be interested in the issues that I'm having and is trying to help. Unfortunately, this is not a memory issue. I've erased and reinstalled the app, restarted the iPhone, force quit all open apps except this one and I'm still getting unreliable behavior from the app, unfortunately. For example, if I launch the app, go to Pills, then DoF Table, select a cell, then tap Visual, the app hangs and selecting "Done" does not dismiss the visualization. Original review: This would be a five-star app if it were actually stable. Unfortunately, I can't use it for even 30 seconds before it crashes. Particularly with the DoF table and its subfeatures. Also, the app is not updated frequently. It feels neglected.


Best tool out there!  FrozenZen  5 star

Nothing to say but "OUTSTANDING". A must for any photographer planning their shots. Plan days, months, even years ahead and be confident of the result!


Best Photo Aid tool I've found  ebtide1  5 star

From Milky Way to sunrise/set to star trails and more, if your photos involve celestial bodies there is no better app I've found.


using for about a year now  SCwolves  4 star

Takes a bit to learn all the features this app offers, in fact so far I've used it only for milky way and moon rises. Each time I have to review the features to get it right. So best to do planning in advance. The "AR" live view can really help. Lots to learn. wish list: video tutorials to go FULL screen on an iPhone - right now they are tiny and don't expand?


Dozens of great shots planned with PhotoPills  Kinetic01  5 star

The best planner I've used. Been a photopiller for over two Milky Way seasons and this tool has paid itself many times over. I use it for planning almost every shoot, doing the hard math for calculating exposures, star trails and more. The widgets make it easy to check today's light schedule and you can plan for locations across the globe months in advance. If you're serious about filming the night sky then you should be a photopiller too!


Great app--when can you make a macbook Pro version?  Mrigby788  5 star

I've used the augmented reality for stuff on the fly, but am just now learning how to use the planning tools, which seem fantastic. I would love, however, to have a version on my MacBook Pro that would enable me to plan trips from home all that much faster and not have to strain my eyes for a couple of hours looking at the small screen.

Khurt Williams

Horrible UI and poor documentation  Khurt Williams  4 star

The app seems quite capable. I had a bumpy time getting started with the app. But I had a Skype session with the PhotoPills team and I now understand how to use it successfuly. It's become an indispensible part of my photography toolkit.


The Best  Jimenez117  5 star

Simply the best app for everything night sky


Fantastically helpful  Inhumanist  5 star

This app is immensely helpful for most photography-related situations (landscape in particular) and gets frequent improvement updates.


I'd pay $25+ for this app, it's that good.  Streetpiratee  5 star

I never review apps but thought I would this one. It does way too much for me to get into all the fine details but if you're a photographer and want an app that'll actually does something - Download Photopills. Just a couple days ago the "AR" option under the "sun" tab saved me from missing the shot I wanted & I plan most of my astrophoto journeys around this app. it's never been off! I think they should add an exposure calculator tho to quickly determining your shutter speed while shooting with ND filters. Still best app ever.👍🏻


PhotoPills review  Xx1ss  5 star

I am still scratching my head to think of some thing they could add to the pot of Gold app they've developed. The instructional videos are first rate along with written supplements. WOW, something really useful for any photographer to have.


Amateur Photographer  Bearcat44  5 star

One of the best things in my 65 years of photography! Right up there with the Zone System.


A spectacular app.  beemer61  5 star

If only all app developers recognized that good design (and utility) is not about what you put in, it's about what you leave out. This is an incredibly curated toolkit for any serious photographer. The Planner Pill alone with 3D directional indicators for both optimal sun and moon conditions (with augmented reality too, if desired!) is alone worth the price of entry. Bonus points for having the modules available in the 'Today' view of the Notifications screen. I've tried many Swiss Army knife apps, or several one trick pony apps, and none of them rival this. On top of the well-considered functionality is an attractive and instinctive user interface, making a manual or tutorial virtually unneeded (though they are there if you want them.) You can tell that this app was created by someone with passion, talent, experience and taste. Bravo.

MJ in MA

Awesome App!  MJ in MA  5 star

Was hesitant to spend the money but this app is well worth it with everything a photographer could ever want to plan an outdoor shoot. A lot of thought went into the development, it has so much information at your fingertips and very intuitive. My favorite app!


For the photographer, by the photographer.  Illegalamerican  5 star

This app is very well developed with no issues to date. The dev team clearly put a prodigious amount of thought into the app development, almost as if they were photographers as well, which they clearly are. The application is easy to use and will enable photographers of all calibers to precisely measure when to shoot "contagious" photos. The only thing missing from this app is an algorithm to predict the weather 60 months out... If the dev team could figure that out, they may prevent climate change. Great Job!

Andreas Bueckle

Phenomenal  Andreas Bueckle  5 star

This app is the best 10 dollars I've ever spent on Apps. Hands down.

Dynamic moment

Much improved  Dynamic moment  5 star

The new version is excellent, much more stable and a landscape photographers essential. This is one of the best photographers apps available.


Wizards of the night sky in my pocket  Sharkbyte6  5 star

Very detailed, user friendly, loaded with features and fun to use.. I plan all of my Milky Way and Moon shots with it. Love this app!

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