PhotoPills iPhone App For Long Exposure Calculations & More


For a long time I have been using Long Time Exposure on my iPhone. However, since being introduced to the PhotoPills iPhone app, a lot has changed.

You see, my iPhone always had a screen dedicated to photography specific tools. Many of which I teach people about in my iPhone/iPad Workflow course on Udemy.

Since installing PhotoPills, I have deleted every app on that screen. That’s because PhotoPills does the same thing most of the others do, and with extreme style and elegance.

Take a look at my walk-through.

As you can see, PhotoPills has a lot of tools built-in. These tools include:

  • A planning manager for creating a to-do list.
  • An augmented reality viewer make it so simple to plan while on location and the diagrams and map to help you plan in advance
  • A variety of calculators
    • Time-lapse settings
    • Long exposures
    • Depth of field
    • Star trails simulations
    • Field of view
    • Max. exposure time to get stars as spots
    • Minimum distance to subject to capture it.

The PhotoPills app helped themselves find the perfect location to capture the Instagram photo below.

My favorite tool is the exposure calculator because it can be used to calculate long exposures, or just varying exposures based on changed apertures, ISO, shutter speeds and filters.

If you are in the market for one app that does it all, then I recommend PhotoPills. It’s $9.99 and well worth it.

If you would like to learn more about long exposure photography, please check out my virtual course on the topic.

Thanks for reading and happy shooting,


This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Wow, this looks like a great app. I wish I would have had it last month when photographing the 2013 super moon! (probably tried 10+ different long exposure setting combos until I finally nailed it). The exposure calculator would be great – I’ll keep this app in mind – thanks for sharing.

    1. Definitely worth the $10, that’s for sure.

  2. Thanks for the review Scott. When you spoke about it at the long exposure class I was interested…but overtime I kinda forgot about it and just used “longtime”. After watching your video and getting to see it through its paces, its pretty much the icing on the cake I needed to go out and get it.

    1. Can’t wait to hear what you think of it.

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