Planning for a Perfect Shot
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by Hua Zhu
Recently, those in the Northern Hemisphere observed the stunningly bright two-tailed comet NEOWISE streak across the night sky. NEOWISE will not return for more than 6,000 years according to NASA.
Because of this, numerous photographers, including myself, planned to photograph this rare “icy snowball” as it passed by.
The question then became exactly when and where would yield the best shot?
While I took all these questions into account, I noticed that the smartphone app, Planit Pro, had just added a new comet feature which answered all my questions and more, as well as allowed me to easily and accurately predict the comet’s position at a specified time and place.
This is a typical example of the planning and effort put into landscape photography. Aside from the feature mentioned earlier, Planit Pro can also help you prepare in many other ways. It is crucial to meticulously plan your photo shoot, as it both improves your shot and makes the photography process more efficient. Currently, there are many other apps on the market that can assist you with planning a photo. However, Planit Pro is the most powerful of them all. As shown in the picture below, it contains all the ephemeris features a photographer could ever want, and more importantly, can be used to plan everything right at home – when to go, where to set up the camera, the suitable lens to carry and use, and when to shoot the picture. The app can also tell you what the light conditions will be like at any given time and location, and even display a simulated image of what you would capture. Although the multitude of functions and features in the app can be overwhelming at times, Planit Pro is a must-have for the perfect landscape photograph.
Information, instructions and tutorials on Planit can be easily found online, such as the Planit! for Photographers website and on YouTube. Given below are just some features in Planit that can instantly improve your landscape photos, especially night photography.
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'Three wise men' by Hua Zhu
Some phenomena occur so rarely that if we miss the opportunity to capture them, we may never get to do so again in our lifetime.
The Planit app provides us with all the required information in our hands and more, empowering us to formulate our ideas right at home, capture exquisite ephemeris moments, and combine them with the world around us to get our dream pictures.
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