Every now and then I come across something that I think is worth writing up. You know the scenario, you’re out and about and you see a location and think that’d make a good shot but you don’t have your camera on you so you make a mental note to return to the scene at a later time by which time if you’re anything like me you’re thinking now where was that? and what did I have in mind for the shot? or maybe you just want to do a quick proof to see what lens might work best without rummaging around in your camera bag and changing lenses.
I was searching for a better “directors viewfinder” type app for my Android phone as I find them a useful tool to have when travelling about and spotting different views with a mind to going back and taking some photos ASAP. I’ve tried a few but this is by far the best one that I’ve used to date.
It’s a really well thought out and designed app. The developer has put a lot of thought into its design. Other similar apps that I’ve tried are too fidly to setup and operate, this one is very intuitive and not over-complex. At the same time he has included some really nice useful features such as DOF, including GPS co-ordinates with the saved snapshot, ability to save a multiple “Packages” of your favourite setups eg. camera and lenses, LUT, white balance, aspect ratio, torch and autofocus settings.
I’ve been corresponding with the developer as I had a few humble suggestions to make and he’s a really friendly and helpful guy who supports his work. He has several free versions for different camera and lenses and the one that I bought the “Magic Universal Viewfinder“.
So if this is of interest check out the link above, also have a search for “Magic Canon Viewfinder”, magic Nikon viewfinder, magic Lumix viewfinder etc. and you can check out his free versions.
Edit: Talking of GPS I’ve been using a Holux RCV-3000 bluetooth data logger for quite some while now, small as a match box and feather light.
I switch it on before leaving for the day and it records a track of my movements which I can use later to geocode my downloaded photographs and also works well with my Android mapping apps and the Olympus Image Share app etc. so that I can download and geotag photos in the field and navigate to the nearest coffee shop 🙂 without using any data-roaming charges 🙂 as I also have an app which uses the data-logger as a “Mock GPS provider” and of course it will work very nicely with the above app. 🙂