Companies like this deserve a good word…


First off, I have absolutely NO affiliation with the company that I am about to name. I paid in full for this product a year ago and love it. This company isn’t aware that I am writing about them and I expect nothing in return. Having gotten that out of the way let’s begin.

I HATE HATE HATE HATE photographers that use the internet as their own personal platform to monetize every thing that they do. If you are a professional photographer, act like one and quit using every chance that you get to put in your promo to make a few bucks.

From weekend photoshop seminars for a thousand dollars a day to people who will take you to beautiful places and charge YOU for it to show you where to take pics, it seems that too many “aspiring” professional photographers are trying to eek out a living on the naiveté of beginners with a few hard earned dollars in their pockets.

THERE ARE NO SECRETS to taking great landscapes. You can’t train someone to become a great composer or painter. That comes from hard work and a gift that we all have. We only need to find out what that gift is and how to express it.

A year ago I read about a program for IOS that helped you plan your night photography. There are a ton of them out there and most of them fall far short of the mark. Photopills did so much more. Pick a location, a time of year and a time of day and the night sky will accurately be presented on your screen. Go to your planned location, turn on Photopills, dial in a time and you can see the night sky along with your phones camera displaying the landscape.

Not only is the program the absolute best in my opinion at what it does, the developers have been sending me regular FREE tutorials which are not about selling their program but about how to discover so much in the program that is deep below the surface.

What really motivated me to write this was the email I received this morning. In the email they sent a link to a FREE 458 page guide on exposing for night photos. The guide is very detailed and easily worth as much as I paid for the Photopills app.

This is a company that I admire. They aren’t out to reach deep into your pockets and pull out your last few hard earned pennies. Merry Christmas and Happy New Years to the great people at Photopills.

If you aren’t familiar with the program you really need to at least check them out if you plan on photographing the night skies.

The program is available for both IOS and Android.

Happy shooting,



~ by Dan Jurak on December 22, 2017.

4 Responses to “Companies like this deserve a good word…”

  1. Thank you Dan for the heads up on this program. As you know shooting the night sky can become very additive. The peace and quiet seeing what nature has for us to see and capture. Merry Christmas to you and one day I hope to see that Rav parked along a ditch and we can meet. Thank you for your inspiration.

  2. Thank you Bryan and a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours,

  3. That is a refreshing change from what
    is typical business practice
    Wishing you and yours a very Merry
    Christmas and nothing but great things
    for the New Year

  4. Merry Christmas Ray! These guys are absolutely the best and deserve any good publicity that they can get. I wish there were more photographers out there like them.

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