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Sun Survey app review: predict where the sun will be so that you can take better photos



Sun Survey by Kittidech Vongsak is an innovative app designed to help you predict the position of the sun in the sky so that you can time your pictures perfectly. Being a great photographer is all about understanding light composition and positioning and this app will help you to take pictures like a pro – the only difference is you won’t have to spend years learning everything there is to know about light and composition because the app does the work for you. This app is available for purchase from the App Store at a cost of $3.99 and it’s compatible with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.

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Understanding Light Composition to Take Great Photos

There are lots of different apps for photo editing to choose from in the App Store, but an app that helps you to actually understand the importance of light composition is quite unique. That’s what you get with Sun Survey and, when you consider how much lighting can affect the look of a photo, this app should be considered essential for anyone with even a passing interest in photography – at least it should be.

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The biggest problem with this app is that it doesn’t include a comprehensive set of instructions. There is a help section but this simply explains some basic concepts associated with photography it doesn’t explain how the app works at all. This seems like a huge oversight for an app that can seem a little complicated if you don’t know what’s actually going on. There are no ads or in-app purchases to contend with in this app which makes the app much easier to work with. This app will require 95.7 MB of available space on your iOS device.

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The Essentials

The Sun Survey User interface features a nice clean look that’s pleasing to the eye. It’s divided into two sections. The top section provides the time of day that each phase of the sun will occur based on your current location and the time of year, and the bottom section includes all the tools that are available in this app. The top section also includes a scenic background representing each phase of the sun during the day – it’s a nice touch.

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Perhaps the most important tool in the app is the sun viewer. This app features an augmented reality tool that uses your camera to show you exactly where the sun is located in the sky and where it will be. It’s this tool that’s of most use to photographers, although if you are not a photographer you may have difficulty making sense of it. There’s also a sun timer which will show each different phase of the sun on a wheel graph, and a sun map that shows the exact position of the sun using GPS mapping technology. The app also includes a moon calendar and a weather app function. These are all great tools, but without an explanation of what it all means, the amateur photographer won’t get a lot of use out of them. 

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Pros and Cons


  • Includes several different sun tracking tools
  • Clean user interface
  • Great tool for seasoned photographers


  • Lack of instructions makes the app difficult to use for amateur photographers

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Final Words

Sun Survey is an app designed to help anyone with an interest in photography. These tools will help some who need to gain a better understanding of the light composition in their area. The app does include several great tools that can really help a budding photographer, but unfortunately it lacks any real instructions. Unless you already have a strong understanding of how light composition can affect a photograph, or you are good at figuring things out on your own, then you may want to give this app a pass.  

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Cherry is a hard-working writer and an aspiring web designer who can't go a day without using her favorite apps. She's always on the lookout for new apps and enjoys discovering ones that others have overlooked.