Helios - Magic Hour Calculator 4+

Blue & Golden Hour Calculator

Matic Conradi

Designed for iPad

    • 4.8 • 1.8K Ratings
    • $0.99
    • Offers In-App Purchases


Have you ever wondered what it takes to get those perfect outdoor portrait or landscape shots when scrolling through your favorite photography app of choice? Helios helps you improve your photos by notifying you of four magical times of the day.

The golden hour is the period of daytime shortly after sunrise or before sunset, during which daylight is redder and softer than when the Sun is higher in the sky. The opposite period during twilight is the blue hour, just before sunrise or after sunset, when indirect sunlight is evenly diffused. Photography during magic hours is proven to result in better photos than pictures taken at any other time of the day. The app is available around the globe and works without internet connection. It's an essential tool for all photographers and videographers.

Helios features a beautiful design that follows iOS 12 design language with incredible precision, making the experience truly breathtaking. An elegant dark theme is also available.

With advanced tools like augmented reality lens and built-in light meter, planning your photos has never been easier. Powerful calendar and map tool can predict magic hour times, as well as sun and moon positions with extreme accuracy for days, weeks or even months in advance. By saving other locations, you can make sure you'll be prepared to capture the world around you wherever life takes you. Daily notifications help you stay up to date with slightest changes in time and duration of sunset, sunrise and magic hours.

Featured by Apple on the App Store Today page. Picked as one of the best iOS apps by TechnoBuffalo and Apple User.

What’s New

Version 3.2.3

Fixed some bugs to improve the experience in the app.

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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