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Long Exposure Camera – make your own light paintings and to simulate long exposures

12 Mar , 2012  

I always wanted to make light painting but what I lacked was a cam with long exposure. Yesterday, I stumbled upon a nice application, named Long Exposure Camera by Harald Meyar, known for their several apps for Camera. Let’s have a look at it.

Name: Long Exposure Camera

Publisher: Harald Meyer

Type: Application / Photo & video

Price: Rs. 25

Size: 0.27 MB

Store Link: http://store.ovi.com/content/261319

Description: Use Exposure Camera to make your own light paintings (screen resolution) and to simulate long exposures (slow but full resolution).
Different modes are offered, such as light, dark, add, difference,…
The final result can be directly uploaded to Facebook, Flickr, Picasa, and Twitter.

Let’s see if it really does those things that well?

Though Nokia N8 is one of the best camera phone, we still miss long exposure mode for light paiting, etc. But yesterday, I found out this app and thought to give it a try.

Long Exposure Camera  Long Exposure Camera  Long Exposure Camera

As shown above screenshots, you get simple UI, with one button for light paiting, one for long exposure mode, one for setting and another for exit. At bottom bar, three buttons for starting the capture, one for saving the captured image and 3rd for clearing the current gathered details.

This app actually simulates the long exposure mode.

How to do Light Painting / Writing?

Well, many of you may not be aware about light painting and light writing. Actually, it’s simple. I’m explaining how to do with this app.

You need to set up your phone such that it can stay as steady as possible. Get a tripod or just ask someone to hold it steadily. Get into a dark room. You will need a small light source, may be a small LED torch or anything. Different color lights may also be nice for colorful writing / painting.

Now select first button (light painting option), click on camera button icon on bottom bar and turn on the small light source and start moving as if you are writing  or painting on a board with a chalk. Also don’t forget to turn source off when you don’t want to write or paint. And as soon as you finish, stop capturing. I hope, you get my point.

Results

Well, result was pretty good. Okay, don’t compare it with P&S and SLR camera with long exposure mode but as an app, it did fantastic job.

  

Above are the attempts I did. Well, they were my first attempts and did that in hurry but a good job for first attempt. One thing I didn’t like is, images are in low resolution. Light painting mode allows only screen resolution as an output image!

It also allows long exposure mode for night shots or low light shots. It allows high resolution, bit slow though. You can change settings. There are plenty of settings options available.

 

 

Application sometimes crashes or doesn’t respond but restarting app, fixes it. I am really looking forward to next versions with bug free and improved functionalities.

I could not do a in-depth review of this app because of the lack of time and in-depth knowledge of  photography.

So, have you done light paiting? Don’t forget to share with us here or on Twitter @NokiaTips.

Kishan Gor is a Co-Founder of NokiaTips. He is Software Developer by profession and have a great passion for Programming and Gadgets.

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  • Chong

    This app can make water blur?I mean like this http://www.flickr.com/photos/nokiaofficial/7239753742/in/photostream

    • yes but quality and resolution won’t be as good as that.

  • Cristian

    Kishan, I’m having a big trouble with this app. One night I was taking long exposure to a stormy night, and in the 4th photo the screen became completely black, and closing and opening the app only explodes this bug ” error of loading effect” and app closes.

    WTF?????

    Thanks!

    • Hi Cristian, yes, even I have faced such errors several times. Only thing we can do is restart the app several time. Also try to close app, open default camera, close it and then open the app again. used to work for me.