Helios - Golden Hour Forecast 4+

Sunrise, sunset & magic hours

Matic Conradi

    • $4.99


Discover the enchantment of perfect lighting with Helios - your go-to magic hour calculator. Helios is not just an app; it's your secret weapon for elevating outdoor portraits and landscapes, guiding you to those elusive, magical times of the day when the natural light is nothing short of perfect.

Photography's golden hour casts a warm, reddish glow shortly after sunrise or before sunset, transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. Its counterpart, the blue hour, bathes the world in a tranquil blue hue just before sunrise or after sunset. These moments, collectively known as magic hours, are when your photography can truly shine. Helios ensures you're always in the right place at the right time, no matter where you are, or if you have an internet connection, making it indispensable for photographers and videographers everywhere.

Helios sings in harmony with the latest iOS design trends, offering a user experience that is not only intuitive but also a visual treat. Its elegant interface, complete with a modern dark theme, ensures that your planning and exploration of light are as beautiful as the moments you capture.

Helios brings a suite of advanced tools to your fingertips. The app's "Outlook" tab offers a delightful overview of today's sun and moon events, alongside a built-in calendar for easy reference. With the "Places" tab, you can bookmark your favorite locales, ensuring you're always prepared, no matter where your adventures lead. The "Tools" tab unveils the magic with an Augmented Reality Lens for real-time celestial tracking, a Light Meter for perfect exposure, and the Map Explorer, allowing you to survey sun and moon positions anywhere in the world for any given time. Plus, personalized notifications keep you in the loop with the latest timings and durations of these magical hours.

Featured on the App Store Today page and acclaimed as one of the best iOS apps by TechnoBuffalo and Apple User, Helios is more than an app—it's your passport to mastering the art of time and light, ensuring you never miss a moment worth capturing.

What’s New

Version 4.2.4

This version fixes an issue where the date picker in the Outlook and Places tabs wouldn't be responsive.

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1.8K Ratings

1.8K Ratings

56ace yo ,

Love the app, just one request.

I love everything about the app and regularly use it to plan ahead or even day of for shoots. My only request would be if it’s possible to select a specific date for the map feature without having to hold the scroll bar. When planning for weddings or other similar shoots it’s helpful to know ahead of time where the sun will be throughout the day ahead of time when working with a set timeline.

PoolhallJunkey ,

Good app, but interface needs work

This is a good app, but I find that the interface, while very pretty, is a bit difficult to understand. A vertical layout for the Blue/Golden Hour times would be easier to read, rather than the horizontal scrolling layout that exists now. The developer already has a vertical layout via the peek/pop 3D Touch function on the saved locations tab; please allow users to set this as their default layout :-)

The app would also be easier to read if the dates were always at the top of a given day, rather than the Today/Tomorrow labels that exist now.

Please also ensure that the times given honor the time format set for the phone, i.e., either 12-Hour time or 24-Hour time. Right now there’s some inconsistency here.

Developer Response ,

Thanks for your feedback. We'll be addressing the interface issues soon.

Dr. LebronFisherCurry ,

The simple tool I use most.

As an aspiring photographer there are lots of apps that will help, heck I spent about $20 on different ones. This is the only app I still use however, it does a few things really well and that is a good app.
I personally will tip $20 is you can truly make this the only app I use by adding the moonrise and moon set (maybe even the moon “golden hour”?) to available data. Astrophotographers need to know!

Developer Response ,

Hi! We’re glad you enjoy the app and really appreciate your support. Thanks for the suggestion, we’ll add it to the to-do list for sure.

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