Photo Tools

In this page you will find iexcellent tools for photographers.

I selected the best ones i found and i use everyday.

SunTrajectory.net is the most useful tool i use.

I bought it 2 years ago and it's for me the best app i have on my smartphone.

When you are a photographer this app is just magic!

SunTrajectory.net

TrajectoireDuSoleil.net

SunTrajectory.net allows you to display the future trajectories of the sun in augmented reality:

 

  • Look through your phone and see the path of the sun.

  • Plan the sunrise and sunset times, not only on the horizon, but also on a building or a relief.

  • Travel in time and see what course the sun will follow in the months to come.

  • Display the summer and winter solstices, showing the extreme positions of the sun over a year. 

  • Predict the sun reflection in water. 

  • Take and save photos. 

  • Check afterwards the different trajectories of the sun for a whole year. 

  • Plan your pictures according to the light effect you wish to create.

  • Plan when a subject (like a statue for instance) will be lit from the angle you have chosen.

  • Plan when that same subject will be aligned with the moon.

  • Use the calendar of the moon phases.

  • Plan when the sun will light a scene (and not be hidden by a mountain or a building).

  • Imagine the outline of shadows on the scene at a later date.

  • Use the agenda to plan your future pictures. 

  • This way, you will know when to return to the site to take your picture to the maximum effect. 

  • Use Google Maps to pinpoint its exact location. 

TrajectoireDuSoleil.net vous permet de visualiser les futures trajectoires du soleil en réalité augmentée:

 

  • Regardez à travers votre téléphone pour prévoir la course du soleil.

  • Prévoyez les heures de lever et de coucher, non pas simplement sur l’horizon, mais également derrière un bâtiment ou une montagne.

  • Voyagez dans le temps et regardez où passera le soleil dans les mois à venir.

  • Affichez les solstices d’été et d’hiver, et visualisez d’un coup d’oeil les positions extrêmes du soleil sur l'année. 

  • Prévoyez où sera le soleil en cas de reflection dans l'eau. 

  • Prenez et sauvegardez des photos. 

  • Reconsultez-y par la suite les différentes trajectoires du soleil pour toute l’année. 

  • Planifiez vos photos en fonction de l'éclairage souhaité.

  • Prévoyez quand un sujet (une statue par exemple) sera éclairé selon l’angle que vous avez choisi.

  • Prévoyez quand ce même sujet sera aligné avec la lune.

  • Utilisez le calendrier de phases lunaires.

  • Prévoyez quand le soleil éclairera une scène (ne sera pas caché par une montagne/un bâtiment).

  • Imaginez le dessin des ombres sur la scène à une date future.

  • Utilisez l’agenda pour planifier vos futures photos. 

  • Mémorisez quand revenir sur un site pour réaliser la photo planifiée lors d’un premier passage. 

  • Reconsultez sur une carte Google Maps les endroits où vous avez planifié des photos. 

The Photographer's Ephemeris

 

The Photographer's Ephemeris (TPE) helps plan outdoor photography shoots in natural light, particularly landscape and urban scenes. It’s a map-centric sun and moon calculator: see how the light will fall on the land, day or night, for any location on earth.

Created for photographers by a photographer in 2009, TPE is a software tool available for desktop and mobile devices to help you plan outdoor photography shoots to ensure the best possible natural light.

 

Available for :

Desktop

Android

iPhone

iPad

 

Sun Surveyor

 

The Sun & Moon Position Visualization and Tracking App for iOS & Android.

Sun Surveyor calculates Sun and Moon Positions, Sunrise & Sunset and Moonrise & Moonset times, Solar Noon, Golden Hour and Blue Hour times, Moon Phases, Shadow Ratios and many other pieces of related information. A 3D Compass, Augmented Reality View and Interactive Map enable use as a visualizer, tracker and predictor of Sun and Moon paths, with many practical uses for photographers & filmmakers, solar industry & real estate professionals, architects, landscapers, gardeners, and others. Available for Android phones, tablets and iPhone & iPad.

Blue Hour Site

To not miss any more opportunities

 

Have you ever wanted to create beautiful night photos but it was completely dark when you found the right spot and subject? Well the bluehoursite.com web site will help you by calculating the best time frame for taking stunning blue hour pictures. If you don't know what is "blue hour" then you're in the right place. It refers to the time after the sun goes below the horizon and the sky goes into deep blue for a while. This is the best timing to take photos.

Available for Desktop or iPhone

Bokeh simulator
& depth of field calculator

This web application calculates the depth of field in a photo, visualizes it and simulates the background blur (bokeh) based on parameters like: lens focal length, aperture, sensor size and distance of the object and the background from the camera. Changes in parameters are immediately visible in the simulation. This allows to easily observe how they affect the final effect.

 

Also avalaible for Android devices

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to compare cameras

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to compare photographs produced by cameras

Comparometer

 

This tool lets you compare reference images from digital cameras side-by-side. These images are JPEGs straight from the camera, and were taken under carefully-controlled conditions, to provide valid comparisons of camera capabilities in actual shooting situations. You can also download the images (using your browser's "save image as" function) and output them on your own printer, to see how the cameras involved will perform in your application.

With this website you can compare all the camera that exist.

It's simply excellent when you want to proof to your friends Nikon is better than Canon!

Hey! It's a joke, stay here!

Killer web-app for camera nerds!

Side-by-side

camera comparison

 

The side by side comparison tool lets you easily view the specifications of two or more cameras. Choose the cameras from the list of the left then press compare. The results will be displayed in a new window, so make sure that you temporarily disable any popup blockers that you may have.

Versus

 

With this website you can compare all the cameras too.

Like DPREVIEW or Snapsort you can see the specifications of the cameras but the presentation is more nice.

 

But Versus dont compares only cameras, it compares a lot of things, like towns, watches, smartphones (3D version), some graphic cards and tablets.

 

DxO Mark

 

And for the end ( yes, after i stop to speak about comparison tool, i promise), here is the best.

DXOMark is the most advanced comparison tool of the world.

 

DxOMark is the trusted industry standard for camera and lens independent image quality measurements and ratings. For years they have established their reputation for the best: rigorous hardware testing, industry-grade laboratory tools, database of thousands of camera-lens test results.

DxOMark consists of a comprehensive RAW-based image quality measurement database and a set of scores used to evaluate and compare digital cameras and lenses.

If you plan to get a camera you MUST check this website, it's essential to really know the quality of what you will buy.

One more thing, remember that DxOMark don't test and rate the entire body of the camera but only the sensor.

 

DxOMark, the ultimate source for digital camera image quality

Compare camera sensors > here

Camera sensor ratings > here

Compare lenses here

Lenses ratings > here

Jpeg Mini

 

For me, the most powerful

compression tool i never saw!

 

JPEGmini is a patent-pending photo recompression technology, which significantly reduces the size of photographs without affecting their perceptual quality. The technology works in the domain of baseline JPEG, resulting in files that are fully compatible with any browser, photo software or device that support the standard JPEG format.

JPEGmini is capable of reducing the file size of standard JPEG photos by up to 80% (5X), while the resulting photos are visually identical to the original photos. The JPEGmini algorithm imitates the perceptual qualities of the human visual system, ensuring that each photo is compressed to the maximum extent possible by removing redundancies, without creating any visual artifacts in the process. This enables fully automatic, maximal compression of photos with no human intervention required.

 

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