This is part 2 of how to shoot a long exposure photo with you iPhone. If you have not checked out the part 1, a long exposure with iPhone Live Photos, here is the link. The best part about taking a long exposure shot with Live Photos is that you don’t need to buy any other third party camera app.
This series is to see how one matches up with others in creating a long exposure photo rather than show you how to do with one. I tested three popular camera apps for their long exposure capability.
- ProCam 6
- Slow Shutter Cam
- LightRoom CC iPhone App
In this segment, I tested one of the most popular camera apps, ProCam 6. If you want to explore more about ProCam 6, visit them at https://www.procamapp.com. It is pretty powerful camera app and I personally like this app over any other camera apps. It’s not free. But it can do so much thing you can play around to make your game more fun. But how it will create a long exposure shot?
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ProCam 6 (Motion Blur Mode)
First when you start the app, find < (menu) on right side below the shutter button. It will give you a bunch of shooting mode there. Select “Slow Shutter” then you will have three option to choose. Low Light, Light Trail and Motion Blur. Practically all these three settings are doing same thing; A long expousre. But I guess each settings process a bit differenlty although I don’t see much differences. Probably I should test these 3 settings in future post!
Low light setting is good for a shot when ambient light is really dim. I found this is good option when you shoot at the beach after sun went over the horizon but still has a light around. You still need a tripod. Any shakes or camera will make a photo blury and so will be any moving subjects.
Light trail setting is good if you want to show the long line of how a light traveled in the shot. Here is perfect example that procamapp.com shared at their website. Again tripod!
Lastly, Motion blur setting. This is what I tested with this setting to shoot for comparison. In short, it will make any moving brighter spots and areas blur.
And pick a length of exposure among 4 sec, 8 sec, 15 sec, 30 sec and Bulb. The longer you choose, the more blurier and brighter. Any darker moving subject could be completely disappear with right time and exposure!
See the video on the bottom for a quick guide of how to shoot a long exposure with ProCam 6.
This is the result image with 4-second exposure by ProCam 6 in Motion Blur mode.
After you select “Slow shutter”, press the M on top of the screen (if you shoot in vertically) to access manual control menu. It is nice to change other setting such as ISO in slow shutter mode.
Here are iPhone Live Photos shot and ProCam 6 shot side by side. Well, which one do you like better? All of the shots done with iPhone were digitally mastered and modified to mimic the motion blur effect and all created different way to deliver. In my opinion, the iPhone Live shot is too much of blurring light trails.
Before you go…
iPhone creates an interesting motion blur effect but how does a long exposure shot look in a traditional camera anyway? Any such different characteristics? So I also took a picture of 1-second exposure with my Canon DSLR for a comparison. So this is how it looks. What do you think about the difference?
It recorded the actual trail of lights and reflections at a given exposure time. This is a long exposure shot without any digitally modified blur effects or filters.
A quick and simple video of how to create a long exposure photo with the ProCam6.
Do you want to give it a try? Here is the app store link for ProCam 6. I didn’t get any commission or sponsor from anyone for this post.