Adding information on the “Golden Hour” at each U.S. National Park has made the new version 3.0 of the Chimani suite of apps even more valuable to photographers, writes digital photography expert Mel Martin in the LifeInLoFi blog.

“I’ve used the Chimani guides for quite some time. The maps are excellent, things like ranger talk schedules and suggested scenic views are really invaluable,” writes Martin. “For photographers, the apps have added computations for ‘golden time’ for each park and for different locations within the parks. That’s really handy for photographers.”Screen Shot 2015-12-15 at 10.15.23 AM

The apps, available for free download to Android and iOS, allows users to download maps in advance so they work without wifi, said Martin, who adds:  “The app is filled with excellent photographs to show you locations in advance.” Some apps, like Chimani Zion National Park, also include advice on taking great photos in the park.

“Yes, you can take a printed guidebook into the National Parks, but it’s not a living document the way the Chimani guides are,” writes Martin. “These apps are indispensable for photographers, and it looks like the company is going to go even deeper with helpful information for people like us.

“The reality is I hardly see anyone at a National Parks without a camera or a smartphone these days, but you can spend a couple days in a National Park and not get good advice of the best places to take pictures. Chimani has solved that with their free guides.”