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The Photographer's Transit

The Photographer’s Transit (“Photo Transit”) is a map-based shot planning tool for outdoor photographers who use interchangeable lens cameras (such as SLRs). Plan the best possible camera, lenses and shooting locations for your photo trip or assignment using the sophisticated built-in field of view simulator.

Photo Transit includes detailed elevation profile information so you can scout your sight-lines ahead of time, and check whether your planned focal length will capture your subject. Photo Transit’s vertical field of view chart lets you see if your subject will be visible or obstructed by the local terrain.

Photo Transit on iPad

Create projects containing detailed shot lists, including camera and subject location, height above the ground, pitch, orientation and focal length. Share your planned shots with colleagues and friends via email and social media, or export them as KML for use in your favorite GPS app.

With a rich feature set including Google Street View, and offline maps and elevation data, and a choice of elevation data sources, The Photographer’s Transit is a powerful tool for any photographer who likes to be well prepared.

Key features:

  • Define your own camera and lens kits
  • 5 available map types, including 2 offline map choices
  • Adjustable field of view map overlay
  • Google Street View camera control
  • Elevation profile from camera to subject location
  • Apparent altitude profile to visualize the effect of local terrain
  • Find and save your favorite locations
  • Shot lists and projects
  • Integrates with TPE (The Photographer’s Ephemeris)
  • Sample project with example shots and reference photos

Sharing + Export:

  • Twitter, Facebook, Message
  • View in Safari
  • Email Shot
  • Email Project
  • Add shot to calendar
  • Import/export locations
  • All sharing options include link to website so you can freely share your photo plans with friends and colleagues

Advanced features:

  • Add custom sensor/film type
  • Show field of view for multiple prime lenses
  • Simulate lens zoom directly
  • Camera-subject distance, bearing, altitude
  • Camera orientation, pitch and height above ground
  • Subject height above ground
  • Map tilt and rotate, autorotate
  • Magnetic north option
  • Multiple elevation data sources available (Google, SRTM3, AsterGDEM)
  • SRTM3 and AsterGDEM elevation data is saved for offline use
  • KML project and shot export

Available map types include:

  • Google Maps Standard, Hybrid, Terrain
  • OpenCycleMap Topographic (available offline)
  • OpenStreetMap (available offline)


  • This app is designed for photographers using interchangeable lens cameras (e.g. SLR, Micro 4/3rds, Medium/Large format film)
  • Maps and elevation-based calculations require a data connection unless an offline data source is used
  • Maps and elevation data must be viewed while connected to the internet in order to be saved for later use offline
  • Not all map types and elevation data sources are available offline
  • Topographic map data is available only between 60°N and 47°S
  • Overlay maps are not always available for the highest zoom levels
  • Topographic maps courtesy of
  • OSM map tiles courtesy of
  • Google Elevation data is subject to daily usage limits per IP address
  • Availability of specific map types and Google Street View is dependent on 3rd party map service availability, terms and conditions, and is subject to change
  • Google Maps, Google Street View and Google Earth are trademarks owned by Google Inc.

Plan the perfect vantage point for your photographic subjects and enjoy a better field of view!

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The Photographer's Ephemeris

The Photographer's Ephemeris (TPE) is the ideal tool for outdoor photographers who need to plan shoots using natural light.

Launched as a free desktop app in 2009 for Windows and Mac, we have since ported TPE to both iOS and Android.

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TPE is a map-centric sun and moon calculator: see how the light will fall on the land.

TPE's map-based approach means you are not limited to a predefined list of locations, which often don’t include the places many photographers go. Instead, search for any place name on the planet or position the map pin exactly where you want it.

Advanced features including automatic time zone and elevation detection, correction for atmospheric refraction and height above the horizon, ensuring that you have the best possible information for planning your shoot.

You can even determine when the sun or moon will be visible behind nearby hills and mountains.

Here are just some of the features of TPE:

  • Time and direction of sunrise and sunset
  • Time and direction of moonrise and moonset
  • Phase of the moon and % illumination
  • Times of civil, nautical and astronomical twilight
  • Graphical display on a map
  • Save any location you want – no fixed lists
  • Automatic time zone detection for any location on earth
  • Determines elevation above sea level
  • View azimuth and altitude of sun/moon for any time of day/night
  • Distance, bearing and elevation angle between any two points
  • Find when the sun/moon will appear from behind a hill
  • Compensation for atmospheric refraction
  • Compensation for elevation above the horizon
  • Does not require network connection for rise/set times and azimuths. (Note: maps and elevation do require a data connection)

Find out more (and download the free desktop version) over at

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