Northern Lights Photo Taker
By Lazily Inspired
This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.
This app only does one thing and that's to help you take better photos of the aurora borealis, aka the northern lights.
Here's the scenario - so you see the northern lights (!! - awesome for you, by the way), but you don't have a fancy digital camera with you. Thankfully, you have your trusty iPhone or iPad!
OK! Now what??
Do you know the tips and tricks to take photos of the northern lights ? Great, if you do! Enable manual mode; set the focus to infinity; change the temperature to a certain number; change the ISO between certain values; change the shutter speed to something else....wait what...?
Don't worry, this app does all of that for you so all you have to do is find those lights. ISO, shutter speed, long exposure mode, temperature, check check check. There are 3 presets that you can choose from based on the brightness of the aurora lights that you're seeing. Those don't work? Try out custom mode until you get that 'good-enough-for-me-to-show-to-my-friends' snap and take as many photos as you'd like!
Worth a shot ! (hah..a...was funny when this was typed...)
Currently in Reykjavik and bought this just before we left. Glad I did as our relatively decent camera picked up nothing despite setting the ISO, shutter speed, etc as per all expert recommendations. iPhone 6s didn't pick it up on normal camera either, however using this app the photos are amazing. So easy to use as well. I used a 6s iPhone but ended up sending the photos to another lady on the tour as her iphone4 didn't pick it up very well despite using this app also. she was amazed at how good mine were (down to the app, not my technique!). Honestly the best 79p I've spent, do it!
I used the app on a recent northern lights tour from Reykjavik and very pleased with the results. I only had a cheap digital camera and it wasn't taking any decent photos of the northern lights regardless of the settings I changed. I tried this app on my iPhone 5s and was pleased that I was able to capture the lights I was seeing - the tour guide even remarked on how good the photos were for a phone. I'm sure if you have a expensive digital camera the photos would be better...but I wasn't investing in one just for the northern lights. It didn't seem to be as effective on my iPad 3 though.
I used this App on an iPhone 6 Plus in Reyjkavik, 30th Jan 2016. Clear dies very dark but faint Northern lights at an activity rating of 2. I took about 20 photos using the 'faint' setting and holding as still as possible. I got some incredible photos, with others" photographers stating they wouldn't have thought quality possible on a phone camera. The proper SLR cameras present gave better resolution, and a stand would have given me less blur, but regardless they captured the moment perfectly. Excellent low cost app.
- Category: Photo & Video
- Released: 08 April 2015
- Version: 1.0
- Size: 9.3 MB
- Language: English
- Developer: Simon Leung
- © 2015
Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.