Seeing into the Photography Weather Future with SkyFire – Episode 48 Matthew Kuhns

profile-photo2What is there to say about Matthew Kuhns… well he has a very unique sense of humor (one that I find refreshing), he’s extremely bright, and he loves photography. Those are plenty of ingredients for me to get him on the Photography Roundtable Podcast.

It’s not everyday that you get to talk to someone who is both an aerospace engineer (no, he has not been to space, I asked), a photographer, and an applications developer. It sounds to me like he’s extremely busy. Matthew seems to accomplish everything in stride, though.

Not only does Matthew Kuhns take some amazing nature and landscape photographs, but he has also developed the SkyFire app. Through a series of algorithms (e=mc2) Matthew has built SkyFire to tell photographers if there will be a great sunrise or sunset in their area the following day. Now, before you write this off, it’s over 85% accurate. Take that Lelan Statom (he’s the local weather man I don’t rely on).

If you’re a photographer who loves sunrise and sunset colors, or you’re a photographer who enjoys to sleep in, you should definitely check out Matthew’s SkyFire app.

To be honest, I think there is a huge market for any application like SkyFire. With so many mirrorless cameras starting to include WiFi capabilities and downloadable apps, don’t be surprised if you see SkyFire available for download to your DSLR. I’m not a wizard (yet), but I think I can see the future on this one.

What’s in this episode:

  • What does it take to get to space? A lot of money.
  • How Matthew Kuhns balances aerospace work and photography
  • The development of SkyFire
  • What is SkyFire, anyways
  • What does the future hold for applications like SkyFire?

Links discussed in this episode:


Matthew’s Website

Matthew’s thoughts on his F-Stop bag

Matthew’s backpacking experience

Matthew’s super light time lapse rig

Matthew’s Gear

 Nikon D810 FX-format Digital SLR Camera Body (he uses the D800 but this is the newer version)

Sony NEX-7 24.3 MP Compact Interchangeable Lens Camera with 18-55mm Lens

Tamron SP 70-200MM F/2.8 DI VC USD Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon EF Cameras

Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED AF-S Nikkor Wide Angle Zoom Lens

Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G ED AF-S Nikkor Wide Angle Zoom Lens

Nikon 16-35mm f/4G ED VR II AF-S IF SWM Nikkor Wide Angle Zoom Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras


Gitzo GT2542LOS Ocean Systematic Series 2 Carbon Fiber 4 Section Anti-Corrosion Tripod (Black)

F-Stop Tilopa BC Camera Bag

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