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Take Long Exposure Photos with your Phone

October 30, 2019

Have you ever wanted to capture long exposure shots, but you didn’t cause you don’t own the proper equipment in today’s tutorial I will show you how you can capture beautiful long exposure shots with the help of your phone What up guys my name is AttiBear and welcome back to yet another episode as I mentioned before today We will look deeply into how to capture long exposure shots just with the help of your phone So back in the days You only could take Beautiful images like this one here if you had a tripod, ND filters and a DSLR camera Well today all this can be done right out of your pocket to capture the long exposure photos in today’s tutorial I will only use my iphone XS Lightroom cc Mobile a wide-angle Sandmarc lens and Of course my hands to hold my phone for all of you who like to read or just want to take a closer look at? Today’s example images go over to and check out the article where I post all the content from today’s video Most phones these days don’t have a native support for long exposure photos But this can easily be fixed by the downloading the Lightroom cc mobile app Where you have a lot of additional features if you head over to the Lightroom cc mobile camera You will notice that near the shutter button. There is a little menu here. You can select your shooting mode There is for one the automatic the professional the high dynamic range and the long exposure shot mode you may be wondering why not just go for the professional mode and set your shutter speed manually if you go into your Professional settings you will notice that you only can set the shutter speed to max of one second Unfortunately in a bright environment like this one here, this would lead to a completely blown out image That’s the reason why we have to head over to the long exposure settings here You can set the max shutter speed up to 5 seconds. Of course You also can adjust the white balance and also your exposure settings But the most important setting here is the handheld setting this setting is one of the most important ones that really make a difference But more to that later now Let me show you how easy it is to actually take long exposure photos with the Lightroom mobile app in this scene I’m taking photos with 5 seconds of exposure time Handheld facing the sun as you can see none of the pictures are blown out and all parts of the image are crispy sharp and Only the areas where there was actually motion have a nice motion blur to them But what happens if I move the phone around while it is telling me to stay still you can see that the image still got Sharp and it also has the nice motion blur But how did the app? Actually manage to compensate for my movement the answer to that becomes clear If you take a closer look at the image file The image files will all have different kind of resolutions and none of them look like standard resolution settings This is because the Lightroom app is compensating for your movement by cropping in the image What I really like about long exposure photos that I can take pictures of totally mundane daily things and turn them into something beautiful and this is Achievable by just reaching into your pocket and grabbing onto your phone We’ve now seen that the long exposure photos with the iPhone work great under daylight conditions But what about night conditions to be honest it pretty much does a perfect job It doesn’t matter whether you’re taking photos of a skyline or fireworks or even traffic you will get the perfect Streak lines that long exposure photos are known for if you’re shooting traffic The big question here is does it always work perfectly? well, I hit a situation where I took a photo of a snow groomer that was moving up the hill and while I was taking the photo the Lightroom app thought that the snow groomer was standing still and Everything around it was moving Actually that was not the case but this situation led to a really interesting photo the image looks like I froze to groomer in motion everything around the snow groomer is Blurry, but the snow groomer is in perfect focus This shows us that this technology has a lot of potentials and I’m pretty sure Adobe will surprise us with more features along the way but what about the downsides are there even any well actually? There are some but there are not severe one is the actual processing time if you take the shot your app needs to be open in order for your phone to Process the images that you’ve took so in my experience normally this takes a few minutes to finish and Also, keep in mind if you take a lot of long exposure photos You will have to wait for your phone to process the photos Before it can upload any other taken photos. Another thing I noticed is more of a cosmetical one so if you’re using a DSLR camera like this one here you will get Starbursts meaning if you have a bright light source with the help of the aperture blades within your lens You will get those streaky lines that go away from bright light sources Since your iPhone or any other mobile phone does not have aperture blades. There will be no starbursts This can be fixed in post if you need to or want to but it’s a tedious task And I would rather go with the image without any starbursts. Another thing I should point out here You only get starbursts if your aperture value is high. So if you’re shooting a picture on let’s say f 1.4. You will not have any starbursts but if you go to F-22 you have the widest starburst possible since Adobe released a long exposure update for the light through mobile app I experimented quite a while with it and I have to say that it quickly became one of my most favorite Applications and also one of my most needed features of course most of your daily photos You can either take with your Android or your iPhone photo app But when you want to spice up things a little bit the Lightroom long exposure feature will help you to spice up your mobile photography Game for sure with that said I want to encourage you to take some long exposure photos and post them on Instagram Feel free to tag me in them or use the hashtag AttiLong So I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with and I’m really looking forward to see some of your creations What is your impression about Lightroom’s long exposure feature since you now know how to take long exposure photos with your phone? We’ll use it or is this something that you rather consider a gimmick? Let me know in the comments below Don’t forget to subscribe like and share and with that said thanks for watching and I see you in the next one


  • Reply Atti Bear April 2, 2019 at 12:31 pm

    🔴Check out the Article and Example Photos ➡️

  • Reply Efrén. April 25, 2019 at 12:42 am

    I have iPhone X
    Up to date
    And the app up to date
    An there is not that option
    How I can activate it??

  • Reply Kevin Reiher July 8, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    Unfortunately, this feature is not available for Android.

  • Reply Juban Chyne July 25, 2019 at 6:25 am

    I will tag u bro in all of my long exposure shots. Feel free to give me advices and comments about the picture. And if u could subscribe to my channel 😅 that would be great 🙌

  • Reply 3301 August 4, 2019 at 2:02 pm

    Can you manually set it up in professional mode?

  • Reply Mohamed Reemash September 7, 2019 at 12:51 pm

    Pls help I cannot get the long exposure mode

  • Reply Flaschenstyle September 14, 2019 at 1:31 pm

    Is this also avaiable at the iPhone 6? Bc i cant find this setting

  • Reply bill pojas September 23, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    Thanks to you, salamat from Pinas.

  • Reply Gideon September 23, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    Why it's not avialable for android???

  • Reply The Plantastic Nerd October 8, 2019 at 11:19 am

    I have the app, but no long exposure settings.

  • Reply night fury October 13, 2019 at 2:02 am

    Mine only said auto and professional 🙁
    Galaxy note 4
    Went to preferences but there was no option to turn it on 🙁

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