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How to get Best long-exposure pictures on an iPhone

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Some people may believe that it is difficult to photograph occasions with an iPhone, not to mention its use for a long aperture. Be that as it may, there are ways to get an extraordinary long exposure photo on your iPhone with help.

You can take long exposure photos on an iPhone with the help of various applications. These apps will help to present a superior lighting situation with the camera’s shadow direction. Getting the help of a stand and different ornaments will allow you to get the ideal large aperture photograph you need.

While you might feel like taking a long exposure photo on an iPhone is intense, it doesn’t have to be. Initially, you must find out about the iPhone you have and the different advances you want to make to make your photography a masterpiece.

Get a tripod

  • You really need an iPhone tripod to take long exposure photos. Since long exposure photography captures movement in the scene over time, you need to make sure that your iPhone remains stable during capture to ensure you don’t take blurry photos. It’s one of the reasons a tripod is included in our 6 essential iPhone camera accessories.
  • While any tripod can be used for long exposure photography, I prefer to use a relatively serious tripod that will hold steady on slippery surfaces like ice and wet rocks.
  • I use a Manfrotto 190XPROB tripod with a Manfrotto 804RC2 tripod head, which provides great stability and a lot of control to get exactly the correct composition and framing.
  • You also need to connect your iPhone to the tripod. While there are many different tripod mounts for iPhone, nothing beats Glif in terms of how well the phone is connected. With Glif + I can carry the tripod with the iPhone connected and looking down; I don’t think that is possible with any other tripod mount.
  • Finally, I recommend wearing your white Apple headphones to fire the shutter. If you plug in the white earbuds that came with your iPhone, open the Camera app and press the volume up button, you’ll be able to take photos without physically touching your iPhone. This trick is great for reducing camera shake even more while using a tripod.

Download the appropriate app

  • The iPhone does not support true long exposure photography (the shutter cannot remain open for a long period of time). However, smart app developers have found a way around this problem by digitally combining multiple exposures of the same scene to simulate long exposure photos.
  • While there are several apps that can achieve this effect, the one I use and recommend is called Slow Shutter Cam. When you first open Slow Shutter Cam, be sure to visit the app’s settings to select the highest image quality and turn on the volume shutter (otherwise the headphone trick won’t work).

Select the best exposure setting

  • Once you’ve framed your shot, you need to select the correct exposure setting which can be found under the exposure icon next to the shutter button. Once you tap there, the following dialog will appear.
  • Here you can select the capture mode, the intensity of the blur and the duration of the capture. For most daily shots in good lighting conditions, you should select the Motion Blur capture mode.
  • I can’t give you the exact settings to use for the other two parameters, as each photo is different. I generally use a medium or high blur intensity and a capture duration of between 4 and 30 seconds. Experiment with different combinations of these settings until you find the ones that work best for each particular photo.
  • Slow Shutter Cam digitally combines multiple photos to create a long exposure, so you’ll get more natural results with longer shutter speeds as the app has more images to work with. However, if the shutter speed is too long, you risk completely blurring your subjects, so you should experiment with these settings for each photo.

Photography of moving water

  • Now that you have everything you need, it’s time to find the right conditions for long exposure photography. With varying success, you can take long exposure photos of virtually any moving subject, but the only situation where using long exposure really makes sense is when capturing moving water.
  • In this example, you can see a river scene where flowing water and ice are frozen in time using the native iPhone camera app.
  • And here is the same scene captured with a long exposure. As you can see, using a long exposure allowed me to blur all the moving water and ice to create a beautiful dreamlike look on the river, while emphasizing the speed at which the river is flowing.
  • Similarly, long exposure photography can be used to enhance any landscape photography that contains moving water, including rivers, lakes with surface waves, and even the ocean shoreline.
  • While long exposure photography is great for blurring moving water, it really works really well when shooting waterfalls.
  • While blurry waterfalls can create wonderful photos, you need to be a little careful about exposure, especially on sunny days when you should always set the exposure to the brightest parts of the waterfall to avoid overexposing the white water.
  • Even if you don’t have big waterfalls in your area, you can still get interesting results if you are creative with the angle from which you take the photos. To give you an example, the following (artificial) waterfall is only about a foot (30cm) tall, but thanks to the close-up angle it still results in an interesting and unique photo.
  • Finally, I do not recommend using a long exposure for huge waterfalls because the large volume of water will blur excessively as seen on the left side of the next image.
  • So if your goal is to capture the power of a massive waterfall, you will get better results without using long exposure as that allows you to freeze falling water in time.

Light trails photography

  • In addition to moving water, light trails are also great for long exposure photography. For light trails, you need to select the light trail mode in Slow Shutter Cam’s exposure settings as shown above. Then you need to find the correct light sensitivity value based on how bright the lights are relative to the rest of the scene.
  • Finally, you have to select the correct capture duration, or you can select Unlimited capture time as shown above. In that case, you need to press the shutter again when you are satisfied with the photo that is developing in front of your eyes.
  • In general, you will get more interesting light trail photos if you focus on the red taillights instead of the white lights. If you are going to use both in the same photo, keep in mind that the headlights are significantly brighter than the rear ones.

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James Hogan
James Hogan is a senior staff writer at Bollyinside, where he has been covering various topics, including laptops, gaming gear, keyboards, storage, and more. During that period, they evaluated hundreds of laptops and thousands of accessories and built a collection of entirely too many mechanical keyboards for their own use.


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