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[Tips & Tutorials] Long Exposure Photography on Mi Phones

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If you've ever looked at photos of your friends painting their name with the light on Instagram, Facebook, Flickr, or any other social network feed. Or if they've managed to shoot a starry night sky that actually looks good, and wondered how to do it yourself, the answer is long exposure photos. And it's actually quite simple, once you know where to find the settings, and have the right equipment.


Prerequisite:
Before you get started with the process of taking long exposure shots on your smartphone, there are some essential pieces of kit you should have because it doesn't matter how steady your hands are, even the smallest movement will be enough to ruin the photo.
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Find your manual mode
A lot of modern Android smartphones now have manual controls built into their camera apps capable of taking long exposure photographs. Head to your MIUI camera app, browse through the camera modes and look for Manual.

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Shutter speed

The length of time that you expose the photosensor to the light. With a fast (1/1000 of a second for example) shutter speed you will get little motion blur in your photo (so no light trails) however you will also not let in a lot of light. If you increase your shutter speed you let in more light and be able to capture more light in the dark. For light painting or capturing stars, you will need to use 8s to 32s exposure time.


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ISO

The sensitivity of the sensor. The lower this value is, sharper photos you will get.. You need more light photons to hit the sensor to properly expose your photo. The higher this value the more noise/grain you’ll find in your photo. As for taking photos in dark, we will have to increase ISO to at least 400 or 1600.


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White Balance

Using an automatic white balance is good for daylight photos captured in auto mode, but speaking of night time photography we really need to manually adjust it if we want to get the best results and save time for corrections post-production.


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Following the WB chart, we can manually adjust our color temperature to around 3500-4000 K. Taking a test shot is always recommended to see what changes are necessary to get accurate color.


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Long Exposure samples:

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Please note that some photos are edited in Snapseed App to adjust the white balance and contrast.

Sources:
matjoez.com,
pocket-lint.com


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yes, I like long exposure photography

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This post was edited by keepkiply at 17:01, Nov-05-2018

yes yes... i like it. but what MI phone series with long exposure? @manwex

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Awesome tutorial.
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Great work
i have a lot of long exposure photos with my Mi8

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Manwex I would love to see some shots!  06:15, Nov-06-2018

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