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About this app

Unlock your creative potential! Discover how to easily turn any Sun, Moon and Milky Way scene you imagine into a real picture… and start shooting truly legendary photos every time you pick up the camera!

Whether your passion is to capture beautiful landscapes, immortalize the infinite night sky, surprise the bride and the groom in their happiest day... or to travel the world, PhotoPills will make you love exploring new artistic possibilities to tell visual stories in a way it wasn’t possible before.

* All in one app
PhotoPills is your personal assistant in all photographic matters. It provides tasty remedies to answer most of the questions when planning and shooting your creative ideas:
- The First 2D Map-Centric Planner: Sun, Moon, Milky Way
- Sun, Moon Alignments Fast Finder
- 3D Augmented Reality: Sun, Moon, Milky Way, Celestial Equator, Polaris, DoF, FoV
** NOTE: The Augmented Reality views of this app make use of your device's compass. Some devices may not have a compass.
- Photo Plans Manager
- Location Scouting Tool
- Key information: Sunrise/set, Twilights, Golden Hour, Blue Hour, Moonrise/set, Supermoon dates, Moon Calendar
- Calculators: Long Exposure, Timelapse, Spot Stars, Star Trails, Hyperfocal Table, DoF, FoV
- Widgets: Sun, Moon, Milky Way
- PhotoPills Awards… and much more!

* Endorsed by Masters
“PhotoPills is an invaluable tool which I use every time I plan a shoot.” – Mark Gee, Astronomy Photographer of the Year.
“A tool every photographer should have.” – Kevin Raber,
“It pays off! Using such a tool ensures that we are repeatedly capable of quickly planning powerful shots.” – José B. Ruiz, Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

* How it works
Have you ever walked around a place and thought: "What a pity the Moon isn't EXACTLY right there... I would have captured a great photo!"? What about the Sun? And the Milky Way? Well, now you can let your imagination fly and calculate when this specific magic moment happens in just a few seconds:
- IMAGINE: the Milky Way arching over a powerful landscape, a giant full Moon appearing from behind a nearby hill or a sunset between two rocks on a magic beach... The only limit is your imagination!
- PLAN: easily calculate the exact date and time the scene you’ve imagined happens. Work smarter, not harder!
- SHOOT: just get out there, immerse yourself in the great outdoors, and enjoy living and capturing unique moments.

* Become a Legend
Because we know the huge amount of time, energy and love you put in your photos. We want to HONOR them, SHOW them to the World, and REWARD you with up to $6,600 in cash prizes. It's easy and FREE! Just submit your creative photos from PhotoPills and join the Legacy!

* Never waste an unmissable scene again
Create a To-Do list of planned photos and get to the location on time.

* Get it right
Adjust your frame for the best composition before you shoot. Use the 3D Augmented Reality Views to see whether Sun, Moon and Milky Way will be at the desired position when pressing the shutter.

* Explore, discover great places and create your own database of locations
If you come across a location you’d like to remember, save it as a Point of Interest.

* Enjoy all daily information in just one swipe with the Widgets
Just swipe down from the top of the screen to get all the Sun, Moon and Milky Way events for your current location and date, in addition to your upcoming photo plans.

* Get more than an app
Our goal is not only to help you plan your shots, but also to help you nail them. Whenever you need help, take a look at our How-To articles and videos or just contact us!

“This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill – the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take PhotoPills – you stay in Wonderland and we show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes. Remember: all we’re offering are Legendary Photos and Goosebumps in your skin, nothing more.”
Updated on
May 10, 2024

Data safety

Safety starts with understanding how developers collect and share your data. Data privacy and security practices may vary based on your use, region, and age. The developer provided this information and may update it over time.
No data shared with third parties
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This app may collect these data types
App activity and App info and performance
Data is encrypted in transit
You can request that data be deleted

Ratings and reviews

7.07K reviews
A Google user
January 19, 2019
Fantastic, but missing weather. I absolutely love this app design, very intuitive, and the amount of tools availble is unlike any other photography app I've tried. So many helpful measurements, and the ability to create shoot plans is so handy. This app would be perfect if it also included a weather forecast, and the ability to create weather/activity tracker parameters (like in the "Weather Underground" app) so you can plan your shoots around when the weather conditions would be perfect.
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PhotoPills, SL
January 21, 2019
Thank you Ashley! We are continuously improving PhotoPills, so we'll take your feedback into account for future updates :)
A Google user
February 28, 2020
LOVE this app! Some suggestions though - 1) It would be easier if calendar/date can be changed/set by scrolling individually by month, day, and year, instead of scrolling only by month; its easier to backtrack and/or see future moon phase or sunrise/set times this way especially for dates a year apart or 2. 2) How about a tide forecast too? Helpful to plan those seascape shoots on a certain spot accessible only at low tide; or determine how high/low tides are on a future date.
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PhotoPills, SL
March 2, 2020
Thank you so much for the feedback :) We'll take it into account for future updates.
Taryn Rehn
August 23, 2023
Terrific app! Indispensable for landscape photography. I use it for planning things like moon and milky way alignments. Took a little while to learn because the tutorials are abundant but not super straightforward. Ultimately worth the effort. It is way more accurate than the two-dimensional apps I used to use because it can account for differences in vertical elevation. Thanks!
35 people found this review helpful
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What's new

- Cameras added: Fujifilm X100VI; Leica M11-P, SL3; OM System OM-1 Mark II; Pentax WG-90; Ricoh GR III HDF, GR IIIx HDF; Sony a9 III.
- Bug fixes

Please, If you find a bug (or have a suggestion), send us an email to and we'll fix it as soon as possible :)