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Yeah. Since more then 3 years I use and App called long exposure 2
And I already achieved a bunch of really stunning pictures with my Nexus 5
Android phone by chance?
Long exposure camera 2 works pretty nice, UI could use some work but it gets the job done, catching lightning is a snap...sadly I live where there isn't much lightning. Best I have is an aircraft dodging a rainstorm which was taken with the app...think it was over a minute of exposure using the light trails mode. Full version does cost a few bucks, but I think it's worth it personally. (Plus I had some credit from doing Google surveys, so why not right?)
Bulb just basically means leaving the camera's shutter open for as long as the shutter button is pressed. You can also try to adjust your shutter speed to seconds (5-10 seconds should be adequate for a big storm). The best thing to do in order to avoid camera shake is to set the camera on a timer (2 or 10 seconds) before it takes the photo so you eliminate any camera shake by pressing the shutter button. So you'll press the shutter button, it'll count down and then take the photo for the amount of time you specified.
Maybe check if this app will help? https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.longexposure2&hl=en&gl=US
You can try this app. I used it a ton on my OG Pixel before I got my DSLR. A very clunky app, but it does seem to allow true long exposures.
I just loaded the app Long Exposure Camera 2 ([link]), and set it for 10 seconds.
Took a photo of the wall for 10 seconds.
Loaded the photo in an Exif reader ([link]), and it showed a 10 second exposure.
Now, will these photos actually be any good at that exposure since they're being taken in a 3rd party app? I'm not sure.
I know that long exposures taken on my Samsung Galaxy S7 were REALLY (REALLLLLLLY) good...considering how Google's app is missing a fair amount of features that Samsung phones have, I'm not convinced that the 3rd party app long exposures will look that great on the Pixel 2.
As you might be able to tell, I'm a bit unconvinced in how much I like this phone. Some things are really (REALLYYYY) good, like the portrait mode. And it is a very smooth Android experience. But it is missing a lot of software features compared to Samsung (mostly camera-related), AND there are some really annoying hardware choices (no headphone jack is a REALLY, REALLY big deal as I use this phone daily...).
Annoying because I think this could be the perfect phone.
Long Exposure Camera 2
It has a janktastical UI, some of the language is off, but it has a shit-ton of options to take long exposures and light trace photos. I downloaded it randomly once a couple years ago and have used it ever since.
Here's a shot I took of a guy at a train station standing up from a bench, picking up his girlfriend, and walking a way with her in his arms. It's just a super fun app to play with.
Apps like this will do it all for you:
On a PC you can manually align all the images in photoshop or similar. Eg. [link]
You will find that using RAW images gives a big benefit over jpeg or frames from a video, although few phones let you capture RAW.
I'm a beginner to this process and mostly just messing around - this picture was the result of experimenting with my new phone tripod and a long exposure app. I was hoping for some lightning, but this was a nice result too! This is a 2 minute exposure as the clouds were blowing by on a particularly windy day.
Edit: Link to the app
This app claims to do it but I dont know what method its using and also you cant change ISO, before camera2 API apps would have to take a video sample to achieve that resulting in 1080p as max resolution.
I've sometimes used Long Exposure Camera to achieve similar effects.
You could try downloading an app like Long Exposure Camera
Been using long exposure camera 2 for a couple years. Simple of use and works great
Not updated for years and it's more for light traces but pretty cool effects.
I couldnt see anything like that. The app is called long exposure camera 2 [link]
Search "long exposure app Android". Your post inspired me to try this one and it's pretty good [link]