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  • #: 223869
  • Price: $1.99 In Apple Store
  • Category: Photography
  • Updated: 2016-04-08
  • Current Version: 1.33
  • 1.33
  • Size: 1.90 MB
  • Language: English, German
  • Seller: Frank Bauer
  • Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later
  • © 2008-2010 F. Bauer
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PhotoBuddy - your personal assistant in all photographic matters - was in your pocket from the very first iPhone. Get ready to have it on your wrist withe your very first Apple Watch.

PhotoBuddy provides convenient ways to help professionals and amateurs calculate some of the most needed camera settings like Depth of Field, Diffraction the Angle of View or simple Exposure Calculations. With its large Database of different Camera Models and presets for Exposure or Color Temperature, PhotoBuddy is set up in seconds.

The new Apple Watch App allows you to calculate Exposure or the Depth of Field on your wrist as a stand alone app or as a second screen that automatically syncs changes between your watch and your phone.

PhotoBuddy also learned to control some Sony Camera Models (Cameras that understand the Sony Remote API like the Sony Alpha 6000) sending your DoF, Color Temperature or Exposure Settings directly to the camera. With the built in Remote View you can Touch Focus (if the camera supports it) and trigger your camera wirelessly.


"There are a few apps with similar features on the App Store. I’ve tried a couple of them so far and I like PhotoBuddy best." (Terry White’s Tech Blog, App of the Week, 10/24/2008)


A brief Users Manual is available for download at the PhotoBuddy Website (http://iphone.ambertation.de/en/photobuddy/the_manual).

You can check out our DoF Calculator (for the update Version 1.2) online before you buy at http://iphone.ambertation.de/photobuddy/dof


- Apple Watch App for DoF and Exposure

- Sony Remote API Support (version 2.0 or higher)

- Calculate Sunrise/Sunset and the moon phase

- Determine the moon phase for any given date

- Measure distances with the built in camera (1st Gen. iPhone only)

- Built in exposure presets

- Calculate exposure changes (f-number / shutter / iso) based on the reciprocity law

- Calculate the Depth of Field (hyperfocal distance, near/far limit). Test the calculation online at http://iphone.ambertation.de/photobuddy/dof

- Find the maximal distance a flash can light using a given aperture / iso

- Calculate the minimal camera distance to fit objects of a given size on your photo

- Set the white balance of your camera by a list of color temperatures for common lighting situations

- Supports metric/imperial units

- Supports full, half and third stop

- Database of digital SLRs for simple setup (if your camera is not listed, you can simply choose the film size)

- Database of common motion picture cameras

- Custom Camera Settings (Film Size)

- PhotoBuddy remembers all your settings. You to continue right where you left

- Added Support for the new "Micro Four Thirds" Cameras as well as several new Models introduced at Photokina 2008

- CoC Calculator (based on desired print size, resolution and viewing distance)

- Change the CoC multiplicator for your cameras to fit your needs

- Support for ISO values up to 25600

- Bulb Timer: Allows you to take long exposure shots (up to 13 hours) in the bulb mode of your camera

- Interactive DoF graphic (change the depth of field settings with a flick of your finger)

- Bellows exposure compensation

- Camera presets for Red One and Hasselblad

- Angle of View Calculator

- HDR Bracketing Calculator (determine correct shutter speeds for multiple exposures used for high dynamic range images

- Quick camera selection

What's New in Version 1.33

+ Fixed Crash with certain Olympus Models
+ Added new Camera Models
+ Added ability to update the camera database without updating the App. Simply click "Update" on the camera selection view.

Changes from 1.32:
+ Updated Camera Database
+ Fixed Problem where location Services did not work
+ Minor Bugfixes

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Rated 3/5 based on 3 customer reviews.


5/5 stars

PhotoBuddy 1.6

With 45 years experience in photography, I learned in an era before the current digital "smart cameras" could select the "perfect" exposure settings. I have a Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III and appreciate automation, but sometimes for the optimum images, understanding manual exposure is critical. For depth of field assessment, Photobuddy is absolutely invaluable, dead-on accurate, and saves considerable time over the trial-and-error or "judge-through-a-darkened-stopped-down-lens" approach. It is easily worth the small price paid for the DOF calculations alone. If you spend any time with the sun and moon chart and use the blue arrows and "dropdowns", it works flawlessly, I use this feature for purposes other than photography (hunting) and can input and future date and get instant readouts. I have experienced no "low memory problems on my 3G iPhone. I cannot find the step wedge mentioned by other reviewers (feature removed?), and recommend to the author that the manual be updated (covers version 1.0).

0/5 stars

Works great, has many options & feature

I really like this app, even on my iPad. It does much more than just calculating DoF. It offers the most commonly needed features all in one app. I really like the subject size vs focal length calculator, it gives you a good idea what lens you will need depending on your subject and distance, and then you jump right to the DoF calculation to find the right f-stop.
The CC is set by the camera type, but it offers you a realistic use number based on that, which really makes sense. Calculating the DoF only on the camera is technically not correct. This app gives a real life use scenario to find out what the DoF really will be based on that.
Great app for a very reasonable price.

4/5 stars

Does lots of useful photo things for digital & film photography

I especially like the depth of field calculator.

The only con is that on the iPad it does not track the location, and requires manual entry of coordinates.


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