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AppArt School – Top 10 iOS Slow Shutter Apps

AppArt School – Top 10 iOS Slow Shutter Apps

An iOS slow shutter app is designed to simulate the effect of using a slow shutter speed on a traditional camera. Normally, when you take a photo with a fast shutter speed, it freezes the motion and captures a sharp image. However, when you use a slow shutter speed, it allows the camera’s sensor to capture light over a longer period, resulting in unique effects.

Here’s what an iOS slow shutter app typically offers:

  1. Long Exposure Photography: The app allows you to capture long exposure photos using your iPhone’s camera. This means you can capture scenes with moving subjects, such as flowing water, light trails, or night skies, and create stunning effects.
  2. Adjustable Shutter Speed: The app provides control over the shutter speed, allowing you to adjust the exposure time. You can select slower shutter speeds, ranging from a few seconds to several minutes, depending on the app’s capabilities.
  3. Motion Blur: By using slow shutter speeds, you can introduce motion blur into your photos. This is particularly useful for capturing the movement of objects, such as car lights at night or people walking.
  4. Light Painting: Slow shutter apps often include a light painting mode, which lets you create artistic images by capturing the trails of light created by moving light sources, such as flashlights or sparklers.
  5. Stabilization Techniques: Since slow shutter speeds are susceptible to camera shake, some apps offer stabilization features to minimize blur caused by unsteady hands. This may include image stabilization algorithms or guidance on using tripods or other stabilizing equipment.
  6. Additional Features: Depending on the app, you may find features like exposure compensation, self-timer, burst mode, and manual focus, allowing you to have more control over the image capture process.
  7. Overall, an iOS slow shutter app allows you to experiment with long exposure photography techniques on your iPhone, enabling you to create captivating images with unique visual effects.

Here are ten iOS apps known for their slow shutter photography capabilities:

  1. Slow Shutter Cam: This app offers a variety of features for long exposure photography, including light trails, motion blur, and low light shooting.
  2. ProCam 8: Along with manual controls, ProCam 8 provides a slow shutter mode that allows you to capture long exposure shots with your iPhone.
  3. NightCap Camera: Known for its low-light photography capabilities, NightCap Camera also includes a slow shutter mode for capturing long exposures.
  4. Camera+ 2: This camera app offers a slow shutter mode for capturing creative long exposure shots, such as light trails and motion blur.
  5. Cortex Camera: Cortex Camera specializes in low-light photography, but it also offers a slow shutter mode for capturing long exposures with your iOS device.
  6. AvgNite Cam: Specifically designed for night photography, AvgNite Cam includes a slow shutter feature for capturing long exposures in low-light conditions.
  7. Slow Shutter Insta Cam: With this app, you can experiment with slow shutter photography and capture long exposure shots directly from your iOS device.
  8. Hydra – Amazing Photography: Hydra combines multiple photos to create high-quality images, and it also includes a slow shutter mode for capturing long exposures.
  9. VividHDR: While primarily known for its HDR capabilities, VividHDR also includes a slow shutter mode for capturing long exposure shots.
  10. LongExpo: LongExpo is designed specifically for long exposure photography, providing intuitive controls for capturing light trails and motion blur. Remember to check the App Store for the latest updates, ratings, and reviews before making a final decision on which app to download.


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Joanne Carter, creator of the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website—— TheAppWhisperer platform has been a pivotal cyberspace for mobile artists of all abilities to learn about, to explore, to celebrate and to share mobile artworks. Joanne’s compassion, inclusivity, and humility are hallmarks in all that she does, and is particularly evident in the platform she has built. In her words, “We all have the potential to remove ourselves from the centre of any circle and to expand a sphere of compassion outward; to include everyone interested in mobile art, ensuring every artist is within reach”, she has said. Promotion of mobile artists and the art form as a primary medium in today’s art world, has become her life’s focus. She has presented lectures bolstering mobile artists and their art from as far away as the Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea to closer to her home in the UK at Focus on Imaging. Her experience as a jurist for mobile art competitions includes: Portugal, Canada, US, S Korea, UK and Italy. And her travels pioneering the breadth of mobile art includes key events in: Frankfurt, Naples, Amalfi Coast, Paris, Brazil, London. Pioneering the world’s first mobile art online gallery - has extended her reach even further, shipping from London, UK to clients in the US, Europe and The Far East to a global group of collectors looking for exclusive art to hang in their homes and offices. The online gallery specialises in prints for discerning collectors of unique, previously unseen signed limited edition art. Her journey towards becoming The App Whisperer, includes (but is not limited to) working for a paparazzi photo agency for several years and as a deputy editor for a photo print magazine. Her own freelance photographic journalistic work is also widely acclaimed. She has been published extensively both within the UK and the US in national and international titles. These include The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Popular Photography & Imaging, dpreview, NikonPro, Which? and more recently with the BBC as a Contributor, Columnist at Vogue Italia and Contributing Editor at LensCulture. Her professional photography has also been widely exhibited throughout Europe, including Italy, Portugal and the UK. She is currently writing several books, all related to mobile art and is always open to requests for new commissions for either writing or photography projects or a combination of both. Please contact her at: [email protected]