First of all, upfront and full disclosure. Only one cat photo. I can do long exposure on my DSLR but only a ‘make do’ on my iOS as you will see later and cats don’t photograph well in the dark on a smartphone.
Many modern phones do have access to longer exposure so work through this project with what you have.
Long exposures can be a lot of fun. You can get spectacular light trails from moving cars or running water but, of course, buildings or rocks don’t move and the contrast can be spectacular. You only need to keep the camera absolutely still.
Stillness means a tripod. If you have a tripod you can keep your camera stable enough to create cool effects like the ones I took as part of my photo class last year.
Neutral Density Filters
I keep coming across neutral density (ND) filters at the moment, and although they are a bit beyond my scope at the moment, I checked them out. You may get a chance to try one out sometimes so it helps to be familiar with the filter.
ND filters are often used by photographers who want to reduce the light coming into a camera’s lens. A camera is forced to stay open longer and so catches the contrast of movement by people, water or clouds, and the stillness of buildings, bridges or rocks.
In photography and optics a neutral-density filter, or ND filter, is a filter that reduces or modifies the intensity of all wavelengths or colours of light equally, giving no changes in hue of colour rendition. It can be a colorless (clear) or grey filter and is denoted by Wratten number 96Wikipedia Full Text
Long Exposure On A Smartphone
According to author Adam Juniper,many smartphones can do long exposures. On an Apple smartphone do the following:
- Use Live Photo to take a picture.
- Open the image in the Photos app.
- Swipe upwards underneath the photo and find Long Exposure.
- Tap the long exposure ‘image’ to get the Long Exposure setting..
I am not quite sure what is meant to happen so I will continue to experiment but I hope the two images below show where everything is on an iOS phone. For Android users ‘Long Exposure Camera 2’ app is recommended by Adam Juniper.
Long Exposure Settings and Hashtags
I have added the settings under each photo for you to see. The only thing I had to use that wasn’t mine was the tripod I borrowed from my tutor.
You might try using #longexposure #exposure #ndfilter and/or #lighttrails hashtags. Recommended filters are rich colours in Juno and Clarendon on Instagram.
Finally, the cat you have been waiting for
This is Chenzou.
This is an older blog photo but it seems in keeping with the theme of darkness and drama and I like it. He lives at home with his mum now, having been a cafe host for almost three years. I miss his cheeky cream stealing antics but he is happy at home now. I am missing the original so don’t have the settings.