This series is to see how one matches up with others in creating a long exposure photo. First one was the long exposure effect of iPhone’s Live Photos, which you can do without downloading any apps. I also put three popular camera apps to the test for their long exposure capability.
- ProCam 6
- Slow Shutter Cam
- LightRoom CC iPhone App
Slow Shutter Cam
In this segment, I tested the Slow Shutter Cam. It is specifically designed for slow shutter shots. I can do all normal camera functions such as tap-to-focus/exposure, flash control and x2 switching, yet it gives more control toward long exposure shots. There are three capture modes; Motion Blur, Light Trail and Low Light. After your mode choice, you can choose how much of blur effect you want (blur strength, Min to Max), how long you want to expose (Shutter Speed, 1/8 second to 60 seconds, also Blub mode) and how sensitive the exposure is (ISO, Auto to 2500) and nose reduction level.
- Low Light mode actually shot a wider picture (focal length) a wider than the other two regardless you pick to use wide (1x) lens or tele(2x) lens. I can’t guess why exactly but please mind that your composition would change when you switch modes.
- Also “Photo Resolution” in setting meant to be “Video Resolution”, I believe.
- 3-second self-timer is already set in default. But you have option to turn it off in case you have remote control
Here is the instruction from the app maker. It is brief and some good tips to shoot but I think the best way is just to go out, play around and shoot. https://www.cogitap.com/slowshutter/instructions.htm
Want to explore more creative photo taken with ProCamapp? https://www.flickr.com/groups/slowshuttercam/
Here is the sample shot with a 4-second exposure, medium blur strength, and auto ISO by the Slow Shutter Cam.
Here are 4 long exposure shots for a comparison. The last one is the picture of 1-second exposure with my Canon DSLR. It recorded the actual trail of lights and reflections at a given exposure time. This is how a long exposure shot without any digitally modified blur effects or filters looks.
Well, which one do you like the most? The first three shots were digitally mastered and modified to mimic the motion blur effect and all created different way to deliver too.
Next at part 4, the Lightroom CC is up for the test lastly.
A quick and simple video of how to create a long exposure photo with the Slow Shutter Cam.
Do you want to give it a try? Here is the app store link for Slow Shutter Cam. I didn’t get any commission or sponsor from anyone for this post.