While long exposure photography was traditionally limited to SLR cameras, in this article you’re going to find out how to take Long Exposure Photographs with iPhone.

Things you’ll need:
Tripod mounts
Apple earbuds
The Right App

The reason to why do you need a tripod to do long exposure photography is to make sure your iPhone remains steady during the capture. Since long exposure photography captures movement in the scene over time you need great stability and a lot of control for getting the composition and framing exactly right.

A tripod mount to attach the phone. There are many different tripod mounts in the market, you need to make sure that the phone is well attached. Choose the one that  can carry the tripod around with the iPhone attached and facing down.
There are many popular tripods available in market for the iPhone including a mini tripod, flexible leg tripod and different mounts that allow for you to mount your smart phone to your DSLR hot shoe or tripod.

Finally, using your white Apple ear buds for shutter release is recommended. You need to plug in the white earbuds that were included 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 further reducing camera shake while using a tripod.

iPhone doesn’t support true long exposure photography as the shutter can’t stay open for a long period of time. However, competent app developers have found a way around this problem by digitally combining multiple exposures of the same scene to simulate long exposure photography.

There are multiple apps that can achieve this effect!

  • Slow Shutter Cam
  • Average Camera Pro
  • Night Mode – For capturing the moon
  • Nightcap – For capturing star trails
  • Magic Shutter – For capturing light trails
  • Cortex camera – For capturing low-light photos without a tripod

    Slow Shutter  is popular for  the user friendly interface wherein you can easily adjust the self timer, resolution and other settings from the settings interface with ease without getting bogged down in settings.With any of the above mentioned app, make sure you visit app settings to select the highest Picture Quality and turn on the Volume Shutter to make the earphone trick  work.

Select The Best Exposure Settings
Once you’ve framed the shot, you have to select the right exposure settings 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 Capture Mode, Blur Strength and Capture Duration. For most day-to-day shooting in good light conditions you should select Motion Blur capture mode.

Experiment with different combinations of these settings until you find the ones that work best for each particular photo. Here is some inspiration!


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