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.
TPE was conceived in 2008, following a weekend landscape photography course in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. After a classroom session that required use of paper-based topographic maps, protractor, calculator, pencil and ruler, it seemed like an equivalent digital tool built on internet mapping services might be something whose time had come.
The original TPE for Desktop (an Adobe AIR application) was released in beta in March 2009, and quickly found a following online. An iPhone app was released in April 2010, and was expanded to include a dedicated user interface for iPad tablets later that year. TPE for Android was released in November 2011.
In September 2014, the original TPE for Desktop was replaced by a modern, browser-based web app. The new app supports all the features of the original, but offers the opportunity for much easier integration and linking with other apps in the TPE family and beyond.
Since its original release, TPE in its various version has been used by hundreds of thousands of photographers in over 200 countries, both amateur and professional.
We look forward to continuing to update the applications and to seeing how planning your shot helps deliver great results for photographers around the world.
TPE has become the premier tool for outdoor photographers planning shots in natural light. Please check out the links below to see how TPE is being used by photographers today.
We welcome your feedback on TPE. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your comments and questions.
TPE is published by Crookneck Consulting LLC. You can find out more about us and our other projects, plus contact details, at crookneckapps.com.
TPE for Desktop is a free browser-based web application, available at: app.photoephemeris.com.
TPE for iOS is available for purchase on the App Store.
TPE for Android is available via Google Play.
Media, web-site owners, bloggers
If you’d like to write about TPE or would like to review the product, we’re happy to help. Please contact email@example.com with any specific questions or requirements.
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Photographs of iPhone 6, iPhone 6+ and iPad Air running TPE 3.0, shot against a natural wood background.
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TPE around the web
A selection of writing and articles about TPE from around the web:
Adorama Camera – The Photographer’s Ephemeris is way cool
Alex Wise Photography – Calculate sunset direction and its time through this tool..
BestAppSite – 5/5 Get it. This is a quality application that has been very thoughtfully and carefully designed.
Brent Pearson’s Photo Journey – A Great Tool For Photographers!
Bruce Percy – The Photographer’s Ephemeris for iPhone
Bruce Percy – The Photographer’s Ephemeris
Caborian – The Photographer’s Ephemeris: Imprescindible para el Paisajista
Digitale Fotografie Tips – Photographer’s Ephemeris, plan het beste moment
Digital Photo – October Skies—11/02/09
Digital Photography School – It’s all about the light: The Photographer’s Ephemeris
fotografia – The Photographer’s Ephemeris, todos los detalles sobre la salida y puesta de sol
Nature Photographers Network – Review of The Photographer’s Ephemeris
Kruger-2-Kalahari – Of all Landscape Photography Tools, The Photographer’s Ephemeris is a must!
National Geographic – Photo Gallery: Photographing the Night Sky
National Geographic – Tracking the Moon
National Geographic – Extreme Photo of the Week
Olaf Bathke – Tolle Iphone App für Fotografen: The Photographer’s Ephemeris
Outdoor Photographer – Shooting Waterfalls
Outdoor Photographer – The Photographer’s Ephemeris
Outdoor Photographer – The Photographer’s iPhone Edge
Outdoor Photographer – X Marks The Spot
PhotoNaturalist.net – Free Software for Landscape Photographers
PhotoNaturalist.net – Photographer’s Ephemeris now available for iPhone
Thom Hogan – Be a Calculating Photographer
Thom Hogan – Teaching Points: Look the Other Way
Tim Parkin – Using the Internet to Scout a Location