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Welcome to ScenePlanner, a tool for aiding photographers in planning their shots.

How does it work?

The user chooses a location on the map. They then select their camera and lens (our database currently holds camera bodies and lenses) and the field of view of that camera/lens combination is overlaid on the map. Alternatively, a field of view can be directly entered, or values chosen for the sensor size of the camera and the focal length of the lens. Indicator lines showing the current direction of the sun, sunrise, sunset, moonrise and moonset can also be overlaid on the map.

Charing Cross light trails
Light trails at Charing Cross, Glasgow. Used by kind
permission of Colin Darcy.
   Charing Cross light trails plan
Public view of the light trail shot plan.

It's as simple as that?

In theory, yes! In practice there are lots of features and it can appear complex to a new user. To counter this there are a number of tutorials to help a user get familiar with the system.

Is it free to use?

For the conceivable future, the current functionality will always be free. To get the best use from the system, saving shots etc., a user will need to register. Don't worry, this is totally free and is purely for recording the user's preferences and saved shots when they next log in.

At some point the intention is to introduce subscriptions - the main feature of which initially would be to remove adverts from the site, providing the user more room for viewing the map on the Plan page. Depending on how the Google Map's licence is interpreted it may also be the case that the number of shots a 'free' user can save would be limited, although any existing shots above this limit would not be lost.

In the even more distant future some kind of closed system may be considered limiting access to more advanced functionality (that hasn't been implemented yet), but again the current basic functionality would remain free to all even then.

 

Please see the info page for instructions on how to use the site and the relevant terms and conditions, privacy policy, etc.

 


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