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Rizon - Your Golden Hour Companion for iOS

By Sam King Media Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

shelbybrown Sep 25, 2015

Rizon calculates and notifies you of the best times to take outdoor photos, based on your preferred lighting conditions.

Pros

Quick setup: Enable location info and Rizon will calculate the golden hour -- shortly after sunrise or before sunset, when the sun is at such a low angle that daylight appears soft and golden -- as well as the time durations for capturing other lighting.

Minimal interface: The home screen includes a rotating clock and start and end times for your preferred lighting: Golden Hour, Daylight, Twilight, and Moonlight. Your location is up top, the date sits at the bottom, and a reminder bell is at top right.

Easy to use: Rotate the 24-hour clock face to find optimum times to shoot in your location. Reset with a double-tap. Tap your location to switch to a new location. Tap the date to explore lighting conditions on a future date. Tap the bell to set a reminder for tomorrow morning, tomorrow evening, or a custom date. Here you may also view upcoming reminders, repeat reminders, or set an alert for between 5 and 120 minutes before it's time to shoot.

Doesn't hog data: The ability to search and save locations for later when you're offline helps preserve your precious data.

Great glossary: The info-packed Glossary, under the main menu, not only defines Golden Hour, Twilight, Moonlight, and Daylight, but also tells you how their particular lighting conditions can impact photos.

Cons

No help: If you click the Help section under the main menu, all you do is create a support email. True, the app is so easy to use that most users won't need a Help section, but others may need guidance.

The distinction between a.m. and p.m. is not obvious: When rotating the clock, the only distinction between a.m and p.m. is a tiny dot on the top left of the time, so it's too easy to miss.

Bottom Line

If you like shooting outdoors, Rizon is a good companion app for finding the right light.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.0

General

Release August 26, 2015
Date Added August 26, 2015
Version 1.0

Operating Systems

Operating Systems iOS
Additional Requirements Requires iOS 8.0 or later.

Popularity

Total Downloads 162
Downloads Last Week 0
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Developer's Description

Rizon is the easiest way to get access to precise Golden Hour data in the palm of your hand--anywhere in the world. Find the best time to take photos outdoors with your new shooting companion.

Plan the perfect photography shoot in advance for any date in the future by simply rotating Rizon's clock. You can plan for other locations too! Search and add a custom location--all while offline--great for when you have no data.

Never miss Golden Hour with Rizon's Repeat Reminders. Choose when you'd like to be reminded and let Rizon do the rest. The set-and-forget style reminders are perfect to keep you motivated to get outside every day. Alternatively, set a Quick Reminder for the next Golden Hour, or get finer control with a custom date.