Sun Seeker provides a flat-view compass and an augmented reality 3D camera view showing the sun’s path superimposed over the live image, with rise and set times, solar direction for each daylight hour and solstice paths. Handy for advance location shoot planning, set the date and the app will show the path for any place on earth. Or point your smartphone at the subject, and the app will show you where the sun is relative to it, regardless of clouds, walls or ceilings. List Price: $6.99 (Sun Seeker Pro); Free (Sun Seeker Lite). Contact: Ozpda, www.ozpda.com.
Dark Sky is a striking weather app made possible through the backing of Kickstarter supporters. Using GPS, Dark Sky provides minute-by-minute forecasts for your location up to an hour in advance. Alerts will let you know when rain is about to hit your location, allowing you to take necessary safety precautions. Or, if you’re an active storm chaser, follow the smooth radar animation to track the storm’s movement. List Price: $3.99. Contact: Dark Sky, darkskyapp.com.
Unpredictable tides can make capturing seaside images elusive and dangerous. The Tide Graph app helps you determine the timing of the currents, with interactive graphs displaying high- and low-tide times, tide levels and rates of change using the same algorithm as the National Weather Service. Choose from past and future dates, and save the graphs for future reference without an Internet connection. The app also lists sunrise, sunset and moonlight graphs. Estimated Street Price: $1.99. Contact: Brainware, www.tidegraph.com.
Commander Compass is designed to work where traditional GPS apps fail. The app uses every sensor—GPS, digital compass, gyroscope, accelerometer, altimeter, speedometer—to turn your iOS devices into powerful navigation tools. Find your location on a street, satellite or hybrid map, and track the position of stars, the sun and the moon to previsualize your sunrise, sunset and night photography shots. List Price: $3.99; Free (Lite version). Contact: Happymagenta, happymagenta.com.
Postagram makes it easy to send friends and family personalized postcards using your own photos while you travel. Postagram creates a physical postcard on thick, glossy paper at 300 dpi resolution that’s delivered directly to your loved one’s mailbox. Cards are $0.99 per card with U.S. postage or $1.99 per card with foreign postage. Contact: Sincerely, sincerely.com.