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    This Hidden iPhone Feature Will Make Your Night-Time Photos Pop

    For that ~dreamy~ lewk.

    Taking photos at night with your phone is always a challenge. Often we are frustrated by the results, with photos that are too grainy or too blurry.

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    Phone cameras have improved significantly, especially in low light situations. And there are hundreds of apps you can play around with to make your shots more interesting (like this one above, which was taken using the Slow Shutter app.)

    Now there's an even easier way to play with your night-time photos. You might have missed it, but if you're using an iPhone 6 Plus or later with ios11 installed, you can get the same motion blur effects without having to download a third party app.

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    All you have to do is take the photo, then locate the photo in your albums. Once there, swipe up!

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    Make sure also that you're shooting in "Live" mode. If you have trouble locating the Live function, just go to your camera, and among the icons up the top, the circular icon (between the flash and the timer) should be yellow.

    It will give you a bunch of options to choose from:

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    "Live" is your default image.

    "Loop" will give you an endless gif-style effect (it exports as a video).

    "Bounce" is like a boomerang effect (also exports as a video).

    And "Long Exposure" will give you the motion blur.

    While at Vivid Sydney, I played around with the long exposure feature. It worked well with the lights and the crowds.

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    Note: If you're viewing this post via Facebook, swipe left to see the long exposure effect.

    Look how easy it is:

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    Because there was a large crowd when I went, the long exposure made the photos cleaner and gave them a sense of movement.

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    Note: If you're viewing this post via Facebook, swipe left to see the long exposure effect.

    It's handy if you have a tripod as that will keep the static parts of the image crisp. If you don't have a tripod, rest your phone on a ledge or the ground.

    It looked great on fast moving lights too!

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    Note: If you're viewing this post via Facebook, swipe left to see the long exposure effect.

    To get a cleaner capture, only open the camera app when you've positioned the phone, and close the app before you (physically) move the phone again. The in-camera features use everything you capture while the camera app is open.

    It was also a windy night when I went to Vivid, so I got this super cool capture of an otherwise ordinary tree. It's my favourite shot from my night out.

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    Note: If you're viewing this post via Facebook, swipe left to see the long exposure effect.

    The other features look cool too! This one below uses Loop, and I converted the .mov file into a gif.

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    This one uses the Bounce feature.

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    But of course, it depends what look you're after for your photos.

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    If you want super crisp, static images, stick to the default setting (side note: because, as mentioned earlier, Live captures everything while the camera app is open, you can pick the exact frame you wanna use after you take the photo.)

    But the great thing about this hidden feature is you can choose an effect now, and if down the road you decide to revert back to the original image, you don't lose that option.

    Happy snapping!

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