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One of the best iPhone apps out there right now for capturing light trails and blurred movement with your phone, is hands down Slow Shutter Cam by Cogitap Software. The app allows you to create some pretty exquisite slow shutter speed effects — something the iPhone’s native camera app doesn’t have the capability of doing. Here are a few of our favorite features:
The app allows you to shoot in three different modes: automatic, manual, and light trail. Automatic mode is just like the shutter priority mode on a DSLR camera. It’s great for capturing ghost images, waterfall effects, and adding movement or blur to your photos. This mode also conveniently has an automatic exposure compensation feature. Manual mode is perfect for shooting in a low light environment. It allows you to open up the shutter, and let the light flow in. Light trail mode gives you the ability to “paint” with light on your iPhone.
Now this is a handy feature! It allows you to see how well your photos are working out in real time. Simply tap the LP button in the upper-left hand corner of the display to bring it up. This option is especially relavent when shooting in light trail mode, it gives you greater authority over what you’re doing.
Perhaps the best thing about this app, is the sheer control you’re given over your photos and the camera. You can adjust exactly how long you want the shutter to stay open, the sensitivity of the camera’s sensor to light, and the exposure control of the image before and after you capture it. Head over to Cogitap’s website for further instructions on working with the app!
The app has launched a few updates since it’s release, and it’s luckily now offering some higher resolution images as a finished result. Perfectly suited for a sweet photo to canvas print! We recommend using a tripod, or scoping out a good place to prop your phone before you take your shot. Your iPhone needs to be as steady as possible in order for the app to produce it’s best results.
Slow Shutter Cam is compatible on the iPhone, iPhone Touch, and iPad with an iOS of 4.3 or later. It’s price point is more than fair, at only $0.99.
Photo credit: App Puddle