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 iPhone and iPad 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
- 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; leaving maximum opportunity for more creative ruminations.” – José B. Ruiz, Innovation Award, 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, join our free online courses 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.”

What's New

Version 2.7

- Drone planning mode added to the Planner: Plan your drone shots comfortably on the Map. Switch it on from the new Map Settings button.
- Map Settings button added to the Planner: Allows you to choose Camera mode, Drone mode, Map type, Map layers (Sun, Moon, Milky Way, Twilights and Shadows). You decide what information you wish to see on the map. You’ll find it next to the (+) Map button, at the bottom right-hand corner.
- Sun information layers added to the Planner: Standard, path, light direction and Sun size (see on the map how big the Sun will be compared with your subject).
- Moon information layers added to the Planner: Standard, path, light direction and Moon size (see on the map how big the Moon will be compared with your subject).
- Plans and Points of interest improved: when importing a backup, existing Plans and POIs won’t be duplicated.
- Film cameras, cameras with fixed focal length or fixed aperture are now supported.
- Planner > More> Action > Maps now uses Google Maps if the app is installed to calculate the route to the red pin location. If not, it uses Apple Maps.
- When adding a Plan to the Calendar (Planner > More > Action > Calendar) it also adds a reminder one hour before the event, in addition to the one day before alarm that was already created.
- New cameras added: DJI Phantom 2 Vision, Phantom 2 Vision+, Phantom FC40, Phantom 3, Phantom 3 4K, Phantom 3 Advanced, Phantom 3 SE, Phantom 4, Phantom 4 Pro, Phantom 4 Advanced, Mavic Pro, Zenmuse X3, Zenmuse X4S, Zenmuse X5, Zenmuse X5R, Zenmuse X5S, Zenmuse Z3, Zenmuse X7, Mavic AIR, Spark; GoPro HERO, HERO2, HERO3 Black Edition, HERO3 Silver Edition, HERO3 White Edition, HERO3+ Black Edition, HERO3+ Silver Edition, HERO4, HERO+, HERO5, HERO6; Yuneec Typhoon H, Typhoon H PLUS, Breeze 4K, C23, E50, E90, CG04, CG03+, CG03; Canon EOS 4000D, EOS 2000D; Olympus PEN E-PL9; Fujifilm X-H1; Pentax K-1 Mark II; Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200, Lumix DC-GX9, Lumix DMC-LZ40, Lumix DMC-LZ30; Sony a7 III; Film cameras: 35mm, 35mm Panoramic, Medium Format 6x7, 6x6, 6x4.5, 6x9, Large Format 4x5, 5x7, 8x10, 11x14, 16x20.
- 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 :)

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5

66 Ratings

66 Ratings

Editors’ Notes

A little help for your pics.

Please don't turn into Adobe!


First and foremost I'm a software user and the main reason I use Apple products is because of stability, they just work and I don't have to worry about them. One of the tools that I use the most in this app is the DoF Calculator. There is a serious problem with this part of the app that literally freezes the app with no response. There's been over three updates since I noticed this problem and it still is a reoccurring problem. The thing that confused me more is that these newer features are being put into the application with this problem still existing! I've deleted the app and reinstalled it and it still does not fix the problems that keep on reoccurring. I really am about stability first in features second. I would really appreciate it if you guys could make this a priority and fix it!

Developer Response

Hi! We've already detected the error and it will be fixed in the next update. We'll release it as soon as possible. Sorry for inconveniences.
UPDATE (Oct 26): The DoF Table bug has been fixed in version 2.5.2. Sorry for the inconveniences.

I LOVE this AP

joshua crites

I'm a landscape photographer and I've been using this app for a long time. You can see my work on instagram (joshua_p_crites) or 500px. This AP has saved me many hours of wasted trips. At first it was a little intimidating, but after watching a tutorial and using it a little bit, I love it. If you're a photographer who is interested in sunrise, sunset, moonrise, moonset, Milky Way, or Astro photography this is the app for you. The only thing that I would love to see incorporated into this would be a tide chart and swell info, otherwise it's awesome.


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Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
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