Camera+ 8 is out with a wonderful, new Slow Shutter feature!
After a long cycle of slaving, optimizing, and debugging, Camera+ 8 has finally made it into the App Store. Here’s everything you have to look forward to in it…
By far, the biggest addition to Camera+ 8 is an innovative slow shutter feature. When you’re shooting in the manual modes, you can now have effective shutter speeds as long as 30 seconds. So now you’ll be able to do things like take those kinds of amazing, misty, creamy waterfall photos that you see in magazines. And you’ll be able to do some creative night photography. It opens your iPhone photography up to so many new possibilities that are only limited to whatever your imagination can conjure up.
To get the most out of your slow shutter photography, a tripod (even a makeshift one) is pretty much essential to prevent taking blurry shots. But the results can really be worth that little extra effort.
You’ll know that you’re in the extended shutter speed range when you’re shooting in Shutter Priority or Full Manual mode and the exposure mode indicator changes from S or M to S+ or M+, respectively.
Working hand-in-hand with the new extended range of shutter speeds is an extended range of effective ISO values. With this range, you’ll be able to get down to unbelievably low apparent ISO values to make it possible to take long exposure photos without having to resort to using things like ND filters to prevent your photos from blowing out. And throughout the extended shutter speed / ISO range, the preview you see in your viewfinder is a very good indicator of what you’ll be capturing as far as exposure goes, so there’s little to no guesswork when you’re doing long exposure photography… not even the most expensive DSLR cameras can make that claim.
Another huge benefit of the combination of the new shutter speed and ISO ranges is that you’re able to take low-light photos with dramatically reduced noise. Taking long exposure photos in low light with the ISO adjusted to compensate can yield results with very little noise. Again, a tripod is your best friend when doing this.
As with the extended shutter speed range, when you see S+ or M+ for the exposure mode indicator, you know you’re in the extended range.
Please note that these new slow shutter / low ISO features require a decent amount of processing mojo, so these features aren’t available on the various flavors of iPhone 5. We vaporized a 5c or two in early testing so we felt the need to disable it on those devices. With great power comes great responsibility… to not melt phones.
We’re really excited and very much looking forward to seeing what kinds of creative photography you’re able to achieve with these new extended shutter speed and ISO ranges in Camera+ 8!
New Import Options
We’ve added a couple of import options to help you get your latest photos from your Photo Library and into your Lightbox. Now you can easily import the last photo you shot… and you can even import your whole last moment with just a couple of taps.
A new share thingy
When you have a share sheet open in an app, those square, rounded-cornered, monochromatic icons in the bottom row are called Action Extensions. The nomenclature might leave a bit to be desired but it’s hard to debate the usefulness of these items. And on that note, we’ve added a Camera+ Action Extension so that you can now easily send photos to your Lightbox right from the share sheet of most apps. Be sure to peruse the Extensions section of the menu for the 411 on how to enable this nifty, useful new feature.
Notification Center Widget Import Option
There’s a new option for the Notification Center Widget that enables you to quickly import photos from your Photo Library to your Lightbox. If you haven’t enabled the widget, you’re missing out on this and several other very handy shortcuts to all sorts of Camera+ functionality. Check-out the Extensions section of the menu to square away how to do it.
iPad Wallpaper Crop
There’s a new iPad wallpaper crop that we added mainly because we have Camera+ for iPad version 2 really, really close to finally being released. And yeah, it’ll be worth the excessively long wait that many of you have been waiting. Really. SPOILER ALERT: the crop is actually a mere square.
As always, with new features inevitably come new bugs. And with new releases, we always do our best to squarsch as many known bugs as we can. In this release, many of the lifeless arthropodæ can be found in the vicinity of the Apple Watch.
And finally, there’s a new “What’s New” section in the menu to make it easy for you to see, um… what’s new. You know… this thing that you’re actually reading right now. We would’ve inserted a screenshot here to show it, but the warranty on your iPhone doesn’t cover the damages that’d be caused by the black hole created by doing so.
Get Camera+ in the App Store.
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