As an amateur photographer, Adam Ratana needed to find out when the Sun is going to rise or set at a particular landmark on a particular day. Traditionally, photographers would need to travel to a particular destination at the exact time and day to view the rise of the sun and moon to plan and determine the best time of day for a shoot.
The result was Sun Surveyor, an iOS and Android app that uses Google Maps APIs to visualise the location of the sun and the moon anywhere in the world. The app makes it easy to figure out when the natural lighting will be just right – and get the ideal shot. Sun Surveyor uses augmented reality to overlay the paths of the sun and moon on a camera’s view, so users can see where in the sky they’ll be at a specific time and place. Photographers can use it to plan their shots ahead of time, and businesses can use it to gauge things like how best to align solar panels to make the most efficient use of the angle of the sun.
- Photographers can plan and visualise their shots ahead of time
- Sun Surveyor overlays the path of the sun and moon on any Street View location anywhere in the world so users can see the exact location
Millions of apps and sites use Google Maps APIs to benefit from a powerful mapping platform. Discover which set of APIs Sun Surveyor has used to create their website and mobile application:
Google Maps Elevation API
Calculate the height of a landmark
Google Maps Time Zone API
Capture the time zone of a landmark
Google Street View Image API
See the exact location and view
Google Maps Android API
Mobile app for Android users
Google Maps SDK for iOS
Mobile app for iOS users