Long exposure image captures allow me to do some of my favorite things which include:
- Blurring a subject’s motion – such as fast-moving water
- Making arty images of stationary subject – via camera motion
Unfortunately, manual camera settings aren’t always possible with phone cameras – certainly not to the degree possible with a DSLR. What can be done about it?
The early posts in this series on camera phones will pose a question and provide an image(s) to illustrate an answer. As an example, here’s the same scene as yesterday’s daily photo (straight from the iPhone 6+ with no post processing) using the iPhone’s built-in exposure settings:
followed by a long exposure (16 sec.) version (iPhone & no PP) taken immediately afterward.
A future post will return to the topic of camera phone manual exposure control and discuss options.
For now however, I’ll jump ahead a little to note that making a long exposure image of a moving subject requires that the camera be perfectly still – the same as with a DSLR. How that’s accomplished is up to the shooter. Here’s my answer – which is no different from with my DSLR except for the gadget attaching the iPhone to my Gitzo tripod.
The above two images were taken with my Nikon D800E.