Category: Understanding Light

  • I’m currently back in the UK, in the north of England to be more precise, visiting family and friends. I brought a camera along, of course, given that Newcastle is close to so much world-class landscapes (Northumberland National Park and Coastline, the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales, North York Moors National Park, the North Pennines – the list goes on and on; oh, and Scotland too :) ).

    Posted · |

  • I’ve had a couple of questions over the past month or so about using TPE to plan for the “Diamond Mt. Fuji” shot.

    This is commonly described as being a photograph of the sun “setting” directly behind Mt. Fuji.

    Posted · |

  • More than perhaps anything else, TPE is about the directionality of light. Angles of sunrise and sunset, or the position of the moon during twilight – TPE is used by the photographer to understand the relationship of natural light sources to his or her subject.

    There are, however, times when directionality of light is exactly not what you want as a photographer.

    Posted · |

  • Here in Colorado, November is the month of great sunrises and sunsets. The weather patterns settle down after the summer monsoon season, and standing clouds (often lenticular clouds) persist next to the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains.

    Posted ·

  • If you photograph outdoors, chances are you shoot the sun or the moon. Here are five useful numbers that can help plan your shot to best advantage.

    29.5 Days: the Lunar Cycle

    The cycle of the moon – from new moon to new moon – lasts 29.5 days on average. Once a month, you have the opportunity to photograph the moon in each of its phases!

    The moon is tricky: the average calendar month lasts…

    Posted ·

  • Posted ·

  • I had a request to our support email recently, asking if we could explain in layman’s terms what the different twilight times meant. In the past, we’ve also received requests to include times of “Blue Hour” or “Golden Hour” in TPE. The problem with those terms is that they have no strict definition, so we’d need to adopt our own definition in order to calculate times.

    Better instead to use Civil, Nautical and Astronomical twilight, which are well defined terms. In the help file for TPE on iOS/Android, twilight times are described as follows:

    Posted ·

← Older Newer →