Apps for working out the best times to shoot in natural light based on your location are not new, but the GoldenHour.One App by Hana Kusova brings together the perfect ingredient of features to compliment any photographer’s planning process for outdoor photography.
Opening the app, you are presented with a 24 hour clock with highlighted portions of golden and blue hours for sunrise and sunsets based on your location. Your homepage also provides a clear indicator to the quality of the golden hour using a “Sky Index” that determines the quality of a dramatic sky, and a “Light Index” which determines the quality of light and temperature for portraiture, landscape, and architecture photography. Favorite locations can be added by clicking on your location, and swiping right takes you to the following day.
The Map tab gives you a visual cue to the direction of the sun at any location in the world, essential for planning where to place yourself for those hero sunset shots. The built in compass tool is very useful for working out the direction you are facing, something which is often overlooked in many navigation apps.
The Weather tab gives an overview of the chances of good quality light and sky for the next few days on a single page, and the Reminders tab lists all of the reminders you have set up, ensuring you wont miss the best sunset of the year when it presents itself at any given location.
As with all the best apps, it just works. Menus are not over-convoluted with unnecessary data and options, it feels like a golden hour app designed by a photographer, for photographers. GoldenHour.One is available from the App Store, is priced at $3.99, and gets the Fstoppers seal of approval.