Man­ual con­trol

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Step 1: Ex­po­sure

Ex­pose for the high­lights when you shoot. Avoid un­der­ex­pos­ing the darker ar­eas too much as they will have noise is­sues. Find a bal­ance be­tween the loss of de­tail in the high­lights and the shad­ows. Fix the darker ar­eas in the im­age eas­ily with an app in the edit­ing stage.

Step 2: ISO

On an iPhone, use the ProCam­era app to shoot in ISO Pri­or­ity. The ProCam­era app has an ISO range of ISO 25-2,000.

Use An­droid’s Pro Mode to al­ter the ISO. The range of ISO val­ues avail­able varies be­tween de­vices, but you can ex­pect at least ISO 100-800.

Step 3: Shut­ter speed

For rapid-fire shoot­ing, ex­per­i­ment with the cam­era’s con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing mode or burst mode. Play with over­lay­ing the se­quence of frames into a sin­gle im­age for dra­matic ef­fect.

For long ex­po­sures of light trails and mov­ing wa­ter, use an iOS app like SlowShut­terCam or An­droid’s Pro Mode.

Step 4: Depth of field

Add depth-of-field and lens-blur ef­fects with an app like Fo­cos for iOS. In both An­droid and iOS, play with sub­tle and re­al­is­tic blur and bokeh ef­fects at the edit­ing stage with Snapseed. Add-on lenses can change depth of field, but will im­pact im­age qual­ity.

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