Planning, exposure, tides: The 5 most important apps for landscape photographers

Smartphones make life easier for us in a variety of ways and shape our everyday lives. With just a few clicks, we can call up a wide variety of knowledge at any time. And so the smartphone has shaped landscape photography in different ways. And I’m not alluding to the image quality, because due to a large number of purely physical hurdles, it will be a long time before cell phones actually get involved in professional photography. Rather, it is about facets beyond the actual image. The smartphone becomes an important ally at the latest when planning the image.

For example, I often find myself in the situation where I first go through a possible image section with the focal lengths (digital zoom included) of my smartphone before I start changing the lenses on my camera myself. Even if in the end I don’t take a picture with my smartphone because the image quality is simply not enough for me, I appreciate this convenience. This is exactly what this article is about: How you can use your smartphone or apps to use your digital camera and your own skills more effectively.

However, before I give you my perspective on things and how I use different apps during my work, I would like to let you know that I am an app skeptic. In concrete terms: I don’t see any point in having an app for everything, after all I can do a lot of things directly in the browser, which saves both time and memory. In addition, many apps consume more traffic than a web browser, be it through more data transfer or loading unnecessary animations.

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