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Helios Sun Position Calculator

Helios Sun Position Calculator

Last changed: Oct 09, 2009

Helios Sun Position Calculator

Category: Photography
HomepageChemical Wedding
Rating: rating 10(74)
Version: 2.4
Size: 3.6 MB

Price:  $29.99 

Description:

Helios is a Sun Position Calculator and compass that graphically represents the position of the sun from dusk to dawn, on any given day, in any given place.
Designed as an aid to Cinematographers and Stills Photographers working in natural light, Helios is essential to anyone who needs to plan a day around the constantly changing character of sunlight. Gaffers, Grips, Location Managers, Production Designers and First Assistant Directors will already be aware of the value of this information. Other professionals, from Architects and Surveyors to Electricians and Landscape Gardeners can now predict sun exposure in the field, without the need for complex tables or graphs. With the addition of the magnetometer in the new Phone 3Gs both compass and inclinometer functionality are fully integrated within Helios.
Please watch the video on our site for a full demonstration.
Helios operates in 4 modes:
HelioMeter is a graphical representation of the sun's predicted position on a compass dial (azimuth) for any time of day, showing the sun's elevation and proportional length of shadow an object would cast.
Skyview represents the sun's path in the sky through the day in question.
Inclinometer View shows the sun's elevation at any given time in the day. Essentially an electronic inclinometer that reads in both time and angle.
Raw Data table provides numerical information where figures are preferable. This data can be sent via email from within Helios.
With an internal database of over 30,000 locations around the world, providing longitude, latitude, timezone and daylight savings information, Helios has the ability to save favorite locations and add the current location from GPS data (where available). Core functionality is not reliant on cellphone reception. Likewise Helios will work on the iPod Touch though you have to select a nearest location from the database or manually enter the GPS coordinates.
Utilizing algorithms created by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and The National Geophysical Data Center to predict the sun's movement (including nutation offsets) and magnetic declination, Helios is accurate to a tiny fraction of a degree.
A warning to 3Gs users: Check the accuracy of your iPhone's magnetometer against a hand held compass, in and out of it's case. It is most likely that the accuracy of a high quality compass like the Suunto Tandem may exceed that of the iPhone. Please take the time to check and be aware of the limitations of the tiny (but very useful) magnetometer chip hidden within the iPhone.

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Reviews:

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Helios is a stellar app!  rating of Helios Sun Position Calculator
By: Joseph Stunzi - Oct 13, 2009
Version: 2.4
I absolutely love this program. For those of you saying it doesn't have a compass and inclinometer... it does... this is an app mainly aimed at 3Gs users but anyone can value from it's information. I filmed a beautiful sunrise this morning. Looked night before at weather on my iPhone... then used Helios to predict the sunrise. Arrived an hour early... using the compass, the heliometer, and skyview, was able to accurately predict when the sun was going to rise... and what path it would take over the 3 hour long shot. Simply amazing software... must have if you're a filmmaker or photographer!


Best application I have....  rating of Helios Sun Position Calculator
By: lightangeles - Sep 30, 2009
Version: 2.2
Seriously, I can't believe how anyone can give this application less than 5 stars. Helios is simply the best application available for predicting sun positions during a shoot. The interface is easy to use, the information accurate and well presented. The built in inclinometer works very well. I still use my Suunto Tandem for verification but generally Helios is all I need. Well done Chemical Wedding!!!


Helios is a stellar app!  rating of Helios Sun Position Calculator
By: Joseph Stunzi - Oct 13, 2009
Version: 2.4
I absolutely love this program. For those of you saying it doesn't have a compass and inclinometer... it does... this is an app mainly aimed at 3Gs users but anyone can value from it's information. I filmed a beautiful sunrise this morning. Looked night before at weather on my iPhone... then used Helios to predict the sunrise. Arrived an hour early... using the compass, the heliometer, and skyview, was able to accurately predict when the sun was going to rise... and what path it would take over the 3 hour long shot. Simply amazing software... must have if you're a filmmaker or photographer!


Best application I have....  rating of Helios Sun Position Calculator
By: lightangeles - Sep 30, 2009
Version: 2.2
Seriously, I can't believe how anyone can give this application less than 5 stars. Helios is simply the best application available for predicting sun positions during a shoot. The interface is easy to use, the information accurate and well presented. The built in inclinometer works very well. I still use my Suunto Tandem for verification but generally Helios is all I need. Well done Chemical Wedding!!!


Does everything Sunpath does and so much more  rating of Helios Sun Position Calculator
By: Souris09 - Jul 4, 2009
Version: 2.0
Having forked out $90 for sunpath I didn't really want to spend another $30 on this but after seeing it reviewed a couple of places I gave in. I must admit it's chalk and cheese. You get all the data you used to get in Sunpath and some nice ways to figure it out. Their skyview took some time to get used to but once I figured it out it made sense. The inclinometer is very cool. Wish it included the compass but they're working on that it seems.


Amateur Photographer  rating of Helios Sun Position Calculator
By: fotomoto - May 13, 2009
Version: 1.1
This is a fantastic app. I struggled with the price at first since I'm not a pro, but I'm very glad I spent the money. The UI is wonderful and easy to use, features are well thought out and well implemented. I plan on focusing on natural light photography, and the views Helios provides are extremely useful whether I'm shooting landscapes, portraits, or anything where I'm looking for that special lighting. If you're an amateur, don't let the price stop you...amateurs need great tools too!


LOOOOOONG Overdue!  rating of Helios Sun Position Calculator
By: Veggeep - May 12, 2009
Version: 1.1
Every time I'm trying to plan a photography shoot, I find myself looking up sunrise/set times and trying to guess where the sun will be relative to a particular building or scene at a specific time. My friends like to take their chances, but I'm beyond anal about it. Imagine my surprise when I found Helios and learned it's designed specifically with photo & cinematography pros in mind! Alt/Az, rise and set times, sky map, inclinometer AND shadow length approximation?? I feel TOTALLY VINDICATED! Excellent App!


Must-have for all cinematographers!  rating of Helios Sun Position Calculator
By: Horrex1 - 20-Jul-2009
Version: 2.1
I love this app!!
I'm a working cinematographer and this tool is totally invaluable.
I just bought the the 3GS and installed this app immediately. Used it a few times and thought, hmm, would be great if you could use the internal compass.. voila 3 days later the new update does just that!
I'm currently shooting an international drama series and use this app daily. It's my new best friend.


Cheap for the Functionality and Performance...  rating of Helios Sun Position Calculator
By: Barry... - 24-Sep-2009
Version: 2.2
Great app...
Does what it says on the tin and gets you to within a confident bearing for shooting.
I have worked with the Sunto Tandem and Sunpath software for years and whilst the iPhone technology is a bit rough in comparison it is accurate...
What's more I don't have to remember to print off reference charts as with the Sunpath/Tandem Combination.
I find the "Sky View" the most useful, as I can stand at the angle the compass indicates and drag the timeline, watching the sun move across the sky and get a minds eye sense of where and when the sun will dip below trees and buildings etc...
It must be only 10% of the cost of the traditional methods and yet offers 110 % of the features; with the only caveat being the "Slightly" rough technology used in the iPhone in comparison to the tried and tested traditional compass solutions found in Naval and Outdoor kit; which sometimes means you work a bit harder to get a compass reading...


The right tool for the job  rating of Helios Sun Position Calculator
By: mmorlan62 - May 14, 2009
Version: 1.1
Just what I've been seeking for my location scouting. My last exterior scout in a West Texas valley required determining sunset over nearby hills. I used Compass Free to determine my bearing, Clinometer to sight the elevation angle of the Western horizon (while my gaffer told me the angle reading from the side), and Focalware for my some limited sunpath info. Helios provides accurate data like that provided by Naval websites in an easy to read, graphical format.
Be aware, Helios calculates for magnetic north readings, not true north. I'd like to see an option for true north calculations as well.
Also, a printout of the day's sun info in to a .pdf would be great so I could add sunpath data to my script binder.


 
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Helios is a stellar app!  rating of Helios Sun Position Calculator
By: Joseph Stunzi - Oct 13, 2009
Version: 2.4
I absolutely love this program. For those of you saying it doesn't have a compass and inclinometer... it does... this is an app mainly aimed at 3Gs users but anyone can value from it's information. I filmed a beautiful sunrise this morning. Looked night before at weather on my iPhone... then used Helios to predict the sunrise. Arrived an hour early... using the compass, the heliometer, and skyview, was able to accurately predict when the sun was going to rise... and what path it would take over the 3 hour long shot. Simply amazing software... must have if you're a filmmaker or photographer!


Best application I have....  rating of Helios Sun Position Calculator
By: lightangeles - Sep 30, 2009
Version: 2.2
Seriously, I can't believe how anyone can give this application less than 5 stars. Helios is simply the best application available for predicting sun positions during a shoot. The interface is easy to use, the information accurate and well presented. The built in inclinometer works very well. I still use my Suunto Tandem for verification but generally Helios is all I need. Well done Chemical Wedding!!!


Helios is a stellar app!  rating of Helios Sun Position Calculator
By: Joseph Stunzi - Oct 13, 2009
Version: 2.4
I absolutely love this program. For those of you saying it doesn't have a compass and inclinometer... it does... this is an app mainly aimed at 3Gs users but anyone can value from it's information. I filmed a beautiful sunrise this morning. Looked night before at weather on my iPhone... then used Helios to predict the sunrise. Arrived an hour early... using the compass, the heliometer, and skyview, was able to accurately predict when the sun was going to rise... and what path it would take over the 3 hour long shot. Simply amazing software... must have if you're a filmmaker or photographer!


At Last !  rating of Helios Sun Position Calculator
By: ArcPD - 22-Jul-2009
Version: 2.1
As an architectural photographer this is a superb app. Next step link with google map please.


Excellent  rating of Helios Sun Position Calculator
By: MaverickML7 - 20-May-2009
Version: 1.1
The best sun predication app for the iPhone I've seen to date. Waiting for a couple of features to be added and then it's a five star rating. Beautiful interface and impressive 'onboard' database of locations. Check out the screen shots on Chemical Wedding's site.


Best application I have....  rating of Helios Sun Position Calculator
By: lightangeles - Sep 30, 2009
Version: 2.2
Seriously, I can't believe how anyone can give this application less than 5 stars. Helios is simply the best application available for predicting sun positions during a shoot. The interface is easy to use, the information accurate and well presented. The built in inclinometer works very well. I still use my Suunto Tandem for verification but generally Helios is all I need. Well done Chemical Wedding!!!


Fine application  rating of Helios Sun Position Calculator
By: TheOrganist - Jul 26, 2009
Version: 2.1
Has an elegant interface, and is extremely useful. My only wish is that there were a preference for the program to start up with the current date and time and location. More often than not, I need to know what the sun is doing right now: it is a little frustrating to have to tap several time to make so simple a thing happen. Annoying, but does not cost the app a star.


Excellent application!  rating of Helios Sun Position Calculator
By: 2GOOD4U2 - Jul 20, 2009
Version: 2.1
A must have for the professional photographer. It is also very useful for anyone who would like to be in the right place at the right time for the best outdoor photos. The only negative is the high price.


DP  rating of Helios Sun Position Calculator
By: Gabe Hatfield - Jul 15, 2009
Version: 2.0
Very cool. All the tools you need to predict the position of the sun anytime, anywhere. Looking forward to integration with the 3GS compass.


Magnetic Declination  rating of Helios Sun Position Calculator
By: rlx7 - Jul 9, 2009
Version: 2.0
This is a great application, but I'd really like to see a setting where we could choose between using magnetic north or true north. I live in Alaska where the difference between the two measurements is over 20 degrees, and I usually know better where true north is rather than magnetic north, so I'd prefer to see true north displayed in the application rather than magnetic north.


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