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Slow Shutter Photography

Discussion in 'Apps Chat' started by sinnerjohn, 12 February 2018.

  1. sinnerjohn

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    terse Ted, I'm interested to know the difference in using the app Slow Shutter Cam and just adjusting the shutter timing yourself. I see a few of the later images didn't use the app. As that particular app isn't available for Android I wondered what it actually did to the image?
     
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    For the intentional camera motion shots, I was mostly using exposures of 1/4 or 1/2 second. On iOS there are some camera apps that let you set an exposure as low as 1/3 second, so I used one of those in some cases (and for the out-of-focus shots). For any longer exposure on iOS, you need an app like Slow Shutter Cam, which allows "exposures" of up to 30 seconds (and in some apps, Bulb, which keeps the exposure going until you say stop). I put "exposures" in quotes because I think Slow Shutter Cam and similar are shooting video, then grabbing frames and merging them.

    Slow Shutter Cam (and most of its ilk) also let you choose between recording motion blur or light trails. Motion blur is mostly what I was doing and is also what you'd use for a long exposure of a waterfall, for example; light trails is streaking taillights at night and that sort of thing. With motion blur in SSC, you have the option after the capture to adjust the "freeze." After the capture, the image first appears with an equal blend of all the motion during the exposure, but with Freeze, you can adjust the blend to put more emphasis on the beginning or end. If you have a capture of a person walking, say, adjusting Freeze toward the beginning will make the person's shape more defined at the start of the walk and turn the rest into a more ghostly blur.

    I've used Slow Shutter Cam before this week, but only to shoot long exposures of streams, waterfalls, waves, lakes, and so on where the effect is to smooth out the surface of the moving water and still have everything else sharp. (Requires a pocket tripod or some other kind of support almost always.)

    Some people also use Slow Shutter Cam to get weirdly interesting images like this:

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BfEIHFwDshH/?taken-by=ilein

    But although I've read some short descriptions of how to do this, I haven't been able to make it work yet.
     
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    terse MobiLifer MobiSupporter

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    And if juryjone ever decides to do a tutorial on this, I'll stand in line for it.
     
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    Thanks Ted I'll have to digest this. The Samsung can adjust to 10 seconds max but I need to play about more to achieve anything as interesting as you did.
    I know Carlein / Ilein quite well, maybe I could ask her directly.
     
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    I'm more interested in the artistic merits than the waterfall/taillights angle.
     
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    10 seconds would handle most of what I do with SSC. Even 4 seconds would. My experience this past week was that for motion blur -- with or without camera motion -- I had to take lots and lots of shots to get something interesting. It's rather like no-look shooting or hip shooting -- you don't know what you're going to get. I wasn't kidding when I said I spent a lot of time just deleting failures. Hundreds of them. :lmao:

    I've seen several people who use SSC to make images like Carlein's say they use Light Trail mode rather than Motion Blur mode.
     
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    Of course she could be manipulating a standard image somehow?
     
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    She tagged it #slowshuttercam, though. That's how I found it, and all the shots like that I've investigated have used SSC or something similar.
     
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    Quote from Alan Kastner @wallah
    'I began experimenting with this style on the iPhone a little more than six years ago. There were only two of us doing it at the time, but so many folks showed an interest in the technique that I personally instructed dozens of friends on it. (That happened on an iPhone art photography site with a really nice, tight little community in the day. Sadly, it ceased operation a number of years back.) That was followed by a few tutorials published on the ‘net as well as a tutorial included in a book called “The Art of iPhone Photography”, which was published about five years ago. It has been interesting to watch the growing number of people who got hooked on the style as they develop their own voice with it since.'
    https://www.instagram.com/wallah/?hl=en
     
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    And I’ll be there behind you.:D
     
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    I borrowed the ebook of that through totalboox.com, but the download is corrupted. Trying again...
     
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    One of the few times I've been happy with results. I've maybe posted the edited one here before (maybe not).
    2014 Samsung Galaxy S3, just adjusting the shutter speed and the top one has been Snapseeded.
     
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    I like the way the people came out in the top two especially. They make a great contrast to that white... um... snake? I've been unable to get that look with people so far.
     
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    Pure luck, I've never been able to replicate it again.
     
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    Still trying to download an uncorrupted copy of The Art of iPhone Photography from Total Boox in order to read what it has to say about slow shutter, but the site seems to be having problems today.
     
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    Just love the first image!! Well done! It’s almost, dare I say...... ABSTRACT. :eek:
     
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    :lol: well that would depend on your definition of the 'A' word
     
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    My attempts with Slow Shutter.

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    It’s not easy. I had to manually stop the blur and it’s difficult to do it at exactly the right time. Then I adjusted the ISO and the Speed. Well, I say “adjusted”. I really just moved the sliders and took a photo and then did it again.:D
     
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    I like the first one a lot Jilly :thumbs:
    But yes, its not easy!
     
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    It is difficult. I think you’ve got a couple winners here. I find they can be very “app-able”.
     
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    I forgot I had tried this method! This is Grand Central Station NYC, 5 years ago. I don’t think I ever posted any of the results... thought they were a bit “meh”.

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    And if I can ever get results like that Instagram shot, I may do it. I haven’t devoted the time to it yet. It requires lots of practice and many, many, many failed shots.
     
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    That's the unfortunate conclusion I've been coming to. It requires physical skill like juggling or card magic. (OK, maybe not quite that much.)
     
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