This is the final post of the series, iPhone long exposure, 4 different ways. In this last chapter, The Adobe Lightroom CC is up for the test. If you have missed previous posts, check out here; Part one: iPhone Live. Part 2: ProCam 6 and Part 3: Slow Shutter Cam.
The Lightroom CC App for iPhone is the latest way to shoot a long exposure among all previously tested ways. Lightroom CC is a photo editing app with manual camera functions. Or vise versa. Its camera function has four modes; Automatic, Professional, High Dynamic Range, and Long Exposure. The automatic mode is, as you can guess, for you just to point-and-shoot. Professional mode is basically full manual mode where you can adjust exposure, sensitivity, white balance and shutter speed, etc. HDR mode could be used for the scene with dark and bright spots to show more details on both areas. The last mode is the long exposure, which is basically a customized professional mode but the options menu is more relevant just for long exposure. So technically you can do a long exposure shoot in the “Professional” mode too.
Here is 1-second exposure shot.
Here is the 4-second exposure shot.
All these different ways you can do with iPhone create 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.
It records 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.
The Final Comparison
This concludes the series and here are all of 4 shots side by side. Well, which one do you like the most? All of the shots done with iPhone Xs Max where 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 blended too much of a blur on the object. iPhone doesn’t give the option to select how long of an exposure you want but it is already built-in and the quickest and easiest way. You will have to spend a few bucks to use ProCam 6 and Slow Shutter Cam but it has full control to make the desired effect. ProCam offers a lot more than Slow Shutter Cam though. Lightroom CC is free and has a full manual control and an editing capability. My pick? I would pick ProCam 6 not only because it has powerful editing capability but it does a better job in other long exposure situations. I tested all of them for some other light trail shots. And ProCam 6 shot consistently better in other situations.
Quick Video of How to shoot a long exposure with Adobe Lightroom CC, iPhone.