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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 38.93 MB. The current version is 2.5.1 and works well on 8.1 and high ios versions.

- New improved Spot Stars calculator, that takes into account the megapixels of your camera.
- Added new cameras: Sony Alpha a3000; Nikon Coolpix P520; Olympus Stylus SP-100, Stylus SP-100EE.

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PhotoPills Reviews


DoF Table broken again on iPhone 7 Plus  Fhoxh  5 star

UPDATE (Mid October 2017): Great news! DoF Table confirmed as fixed in latest TestFlight beta! Thank you! UPDATE (Early October 2017): DoF Table is broken again on the iPhone 7 Plus. Contracted developer. They have confirmed and will be putting out an update to resolve as soon as possible. Response to developer (May 2017): 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 (May 2017): 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 (May 2017): 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.


Incorrect augmented reality  Jambog  3 star

Been using this for quite some time, but most of the time the AR is incorrect in heading, sometimes almost 180 degrees off. Tried several phones, and several versions. Still has the issue. Today I was facing east and it came up as facing NNW.


Best photo app ever made. EVER!  Streetpiratee  5 star

BEST. APP. EVER! These guys are brilliant, I don’t know what I would do without PhotoPills - this tool has allowed me to take my photography to the next level.


Please don't turn into Adobe!  foto_alaska  4 star

First and foremost I'm a software user and the main reason I use Apple products is because of stability, they just work and I don't have to worry about them. One of the tools that I use the most in this app is the DoF Calculator. There is a serious problem with this part of the app that literally freezes the app with no response. There's been over three updates since I noticed this problem and it still is a reoccurring problem. The thing that confused me more is that these newer features are being put into the application with this problem still existing! I've deleted the app and reinstalled it and it still does not fix the problems that keep on reoccurring. I really am about stability first in features second. I would really appreciate it if you guys could make this a priority and fix it!

Knight Photography

Best photography tool  Knight Photography  5 star

I can't recommend this app enough, just buy it now. I think every photographer should have this app, especially if you're into astrophotography. This app can do it all and it does it very well. There are some features that take a bit to get used to because of all the information it gives you. But once you get used to it you'll be glad all the info is there. I've had this app for over a year and use it very frequently. It's nice even if all you care about is sun/moon rise and set. You can easily see this info in the widget without unlocking you phone. I recently used PhotoPills for planning the total solar eclipse and it worked perfectly. Time of eclipse was spot on and I was able to perfectly align the sun where I wanted hours before with the augmented reality view. Sometimes the AR is shifted but you can easily correct the overlay to point the correct direction. This is an all in one app for all my photography needs.


Incorrect Data?  Jake.Sobelman  3 star

I purchased this product to plan for a shoot of the solar eclipse on August 21st, 2017. Upon entering my data and using the "Planner" and "AR" features, unnoticed that it indicated that the eclipse would span the duration of the entire day. According to all of my other sources, including similar applications, this is not the case. This application still correctly calculated the correct time at maximum, but it seems to have grossly exceeded the figure of the maximum itself and the duration. Otherwise, this seems like a great (albeit maybe not blindly reliable) product that I can see being very useful in the future.


Best planning tool!  iga-2008  5 star

Best planning tool for photographers!! Please add ability to organize/group related plans and points of interest into folders. Also, when adding photos to a point of interest, ability to add more than one photo at a time as well as ability to filter public points of interest vs my points of interest.

jc ridge

Best in Class  jc ridge  5 star

As both a programmer and a photographer this app far exceeds anything I have used. Detailed information with precision calculations right at my fingertips. The app is robust to such a degree that I have not experienced a hiccup in the six months I've used it. Support is excellent and they even provide comprehensive you tube tutorials. This is quality across the board.


Not sure  uhaas  3 star

Isn't easy to understand this app.... I literally have to be outside to understand this graphic.... feels like math when the old guy teaches I understand, in the school I never get it


WOW. Must have for Photographers  wwilson247  5 star

This app is way ahead of the game when it comes to photographing sunsets, sun rises, or anything to do with the sky. There is nothing else like this out right now and this is beyond useful for me as a professional photographer. The AR mode is spot on and I'll be using this like crazy. Well worth $10. Awesome job, developers!


Flavia Zuzu flavia_zuzu 3 star

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PhotoPills photopills 3 star

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Sandra Vallaure vallausa 3 star

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I would be lose without this app  Lestokymorhocky  5 star

I don't normally post reviews unless the app requires me to in order to advance my further usage, and even then I don't really put much thought into it. But this app doesn't badger you for reviews, and is honestly one of the most amazing and useful photography apps I have in my repertoire. Every time I think I've learned everything about it, it surprises me with more.


Incredible  ThisGuyHereNow  5 star



Great app for photographers  Pnyer  5 star

PhotoPills is a great app that works on both iPhones and iPads, and is an invaluable tool for photographers. Whether you want to plan a photo and want to know the position of the rising or setting sun/moon, or the times for the various two lights, golden/blue hour, or want to know when the galactic core of the Milky Way will be visible from any location, this is the app for you. Much better than The Photographers' Ephimeris.


Reliable and capable  WendyCarney  5 star

I'm a hobbyist photographer and I downloaded this for keeping track of the Golden Hour specifically. Well, it accurately does that and much more. A well rounded app. Also, prompt responses by customer service for any sort of question I have. Well earned 5 stars from me.


Very useful  Maaaahb2  5 star

Great for planning all kinds of shots and improving your technique.


BEST. PHOTOGRAPHY. APP. EVER.  Abidicus  5 star

This application is indispensable, and I couldn't live without it. You can plan sun, moon, and Milky Way shots with ease. You can calculate hyper focal distances, and more. I absolutely love the augmented reality function to look at how the sky will appear in real-time as I move my iPad around.


Con cinco minutos basta para apreciar ésta app.  Rmadk  4 star

Solo la he usado por cinco minutos, pero es obvio que lo han pensado muy bien, y tiene casi todo lo necesario para planificar fotos fantásticas. I've only used this app for five minutes or so but it is obvious it was carefully thought out, and has just about everything needed to plan fantastic photos.


Best in class  Loomie239  5 star

Absolutely phenomenal photographer's utility, and at 10 bucks it's an absolute steal. I use this app daily. The videos work perfectly, and the instructions are clear. Ignore the negative reviews. They're just clowns who don't know how to use an iPhone. I do, however, have two requests: 1) make a corresponding Apple Watch app. 2) create the ability to set alerts. For example, an alarm that goes off five minutes before blue hour, or an alarm that goes off one minute before golden hour ends, etc.


Piece of crap  captozzie3197  1 star

Videos don't work Instructions are diluted and obscure Don't waste your money


Extremely functional  kimballistic  5 star

This is one of those rare apps that is way more powerful than you expect! I was very, very impressed by the augmented reality view of the Milky Way. Also, the DoF calculator really helps me visualize what's going on. Thank you!

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