How to get long exposure photos with the iPhone

Get long exposure photos with iPhone

That the mobile camera has become the most used solution by users to take pictures anywhere is a fact. In addition, thanks to this demand, the photography capabilities of mobile phones has gone in growing. Although perhaps, this part more notoriety has been achieved in the high end of the terminals.

The iPhone is one of the computers that offers the most possibilities when taking pictures. And more if we have an iPhone 6S onwards. Why? Well, because with this model we were presented with a new way of taking animated photographs, also known as "Live Photos". Nevertheless, With the arrival of iOS 11 on the market, these captures took more prominence and new effects could be added. And one of them is the one that refers to the long exposure. From now on getting snapshots with a long exposure effect will be possible. Let's see how to do it.

What are long exposure photos

Long exposure example

image: MrWallpaper

The first thing we must tell you is that this technique is difficult to carry out. In addition, hitting the shot also has its own thing. The most advanced users in photography will surely know what we are talking about. But to make a small summary, you will know that photo cameras capture images thanks to different parts of their mechanism. But basically this technique is to get that the camera shutter closes more slowly when we press the shutter button. This will make everything that happens - always moving - is captured in a single image. Hence these striking results.


The first thing: have the Live Photos option activated

Active Live Photos on iPhone

In order to achieve this long exposure effect on the iPhone, the first thing we must have is the Live Photos option active; otherwise it will be impossible to give effect to the shot. You will see that on top of the Whatsapp different icons appear under "Camera" on the iPhone "Five to be exact."

Right in the middle of the top you will see an icon with different circles. This will be in yellow with a flash sign underneath. This will will indicate that Live Photo mode is activated. Now you just have to focus and hit the image capture. He thinks that there must be movement in that capture so that later we have that effect captured in the photograph; In other words, if you photograph a landscape with all the static elements, the iPhone will hardly be able to achieve a long exposure effect in this shot.

Now, if we take a photograph pointing to a road with a lot of traffic - at night it will be more spectacular -, we could get a long exposure photography with some amazing effects. That is why the base on which the effect of the iPhone is based must be good.

The second thing: find that image in Photos

IPhone Live Photos folder

Once we have the capture made, it will be time to go to the "Photos" application of the iPhone. At the bottom we will have different options: photos, memories, shared and albums. The one that interests us is this last option. Inside we will have different folders and one of them will be called "Live Photos".

Inside will be the capture - and all the others - that have been taken with this active function. Be careful, if we have not taken many more photos after that shot that interests us, also the we will find it quickly in the option «Photos» in the lower menu. When we open it, we will have that image first.

Third and last: play the image and apply the long exposure filter

Example long exposure live photo besalú

We are one step away from achieving our desired result. After opening the Live Photo that interests us, we will see that by pressing firmly on it, the elements of the image come to life. While pressing the image, slide your finger up; a new menu will appear before you. Exactly, are the effects that you can apply to that Live Photo. And are next: Live, Buble, Bounce and Long Exposure.

As you may have already imagined, it is the latter that interests us. After choosing that effect, this will be applied directly to the image And, if we have hit the basics, the result will be worthy of being shared with your friends and family.

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  1.   Enterprise said

    Thanks, I didn't know. I'll try it tomorrow.