Long exposure photography is a technique that allows you to capture stunning images of motion and movement, creating a sense of drama and dynamism. While traditionally done with a DSLR camera and a tripod, you can also achieve long exposure effects on your iPhone. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of doing long exposure on your iPhone, step by step.
What You Will Need:
- An iPhone (ideally an iPhone 8 or later for better control over exposure settings)
- A tripod or a stable surface to keep your phone steady
- A third-party camera app that supports long exposure (we recommend using the Slow Shutter Cam app)
Step 1: Install the Slow Shutter Cam app
If you haven’t already, go to the App Store and install the Slow Shutter Cam app on your iPhone. This app allows you to manually adjust exposure settings and capture long exposures.
Step 2: Set up your shot
Find an interesting subject with some movement that you want to capture in your long exposure photo. It could be flowing water, moving traffic, or even people walking. Place your iPhone on a tripod or steady surface to ensure it remains still throughout the capture.
Step 3: Launch the Slow Shutter Cam app
Open the Slow Shutter Cam app on your iPhone. You will see various options and settings for capturing long exposures.
Step 4: Adjust exposure settings
In order to achieve a proper long exposure effect, you need to manually adjust the exposure settings in the app. Tap on the “EV” button in the top-left corner of the screen and drag the slider to the left to decrease the exposure. This will help you capture a longer exposure time.
Step 5: Choose the capture mode
Depending on your subject and the effect you want to achieve, you can choose between different capture modes in the Slow Shutter Cam app. The most commonly used mode for long exposure is “Light Trail.”
Step 6: Capture your long exposure photo
Once you have set up your shot and adjusted the exposure settings, it’s time to capture your long exposure photo. Tap on the shutter button in the bottom center of the screen, and keep your iPhone steady for the desired duration of the exposure. This could range from a few seconds to several minutes, depending on the effect you want to achieve.
Step 7: Review and edit your long exposure photo
After capturing your long exposure photo, take a moment to review it in the Slow Shutter Cam app. You can make further adjustments if needed or apply filters and effects to enhance your image.
Tips for Better Long Exposure Photography on iPhone:
- Use a remote shutter or timer function to avoid camera shake when capturing long exposures.
- Experiment with different subjects and environments to create unique long exposure effects.
- Consider using additional accessories like lens attachments or ND filters for more control over light and motion.
- Editing tools like Snapseed or Adobe Lightroom can further enhance your long exposure photos by adjusting brightness, contrast, and color balance.
Congratulations! You have now learned how to do long exposure photography on your iPhone using the Slow Shutter Cam app. With practice and experimentation, you can create stunning images that capture the beauty of motion and time.