Halide Devs Launch New 'Spectre' App for Capturing Long Exposure Photos

The developers behind the popular Halide photography app today launched an all-new app, Spectre. Spectre is designed to overhaul the way that we take long exposure images using some unique machine learning and stabilization techniques.

When capturing a long exposure image with Spectre, the app takes advantage what's described as an intelligent computational shutter to take hundreds of photos over the course of a few seconds. Because it's taking hundreds of images instead of one continuous shot, you can hold your phone while you take long exposure images with Spectre.


Normally, these kind of long exposure shots require a tripod or another stable surface to come out well, but Spectre uses image stabilization and its computational shutter to simplify the process.


Spectre's software can also do some neat things with the long exposure images that you capture with the app. It can remove crowds if you take a medium or long exposure photo in a touristy area, and it can create those neat blurred effects you sometimes see from long exposure images when capturing flowing water.

At night, there's an AI mode designed to create light trails for creative nighttime shots and light painting purposes.


All photos captured by Spectre are saved as Live Photos, so you can see the end result as a still photo or see the exposure process from start to finish. Spectre supports 3 to 9 second exposures in the app, and while the long exposure features won't work for all types of images, you can still get a decent shot in most situations because it's simply stitching photos together.


Spectre can be downloaded from the App Store for $1.99. It works on the iPhone 6 and newer and requires iOS 11 and up. Scene Detection features require iOS 12, while AI-based stabilization requires an iPhone 8 or later.

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12 weeks ago

Seems like a neat concept, but I'd prefer to use my actual DSLR/mirrorless camera + tripod to shoot long expsoures.


You people are unbelievable!


Nobody is saying that you should throw away your DSLR and all the lenses you have. This is for people who want to shoot best possible photos on iPhone.


Please...
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12 weeks ago

Seems like a neat concept, but I'd prefer to use my actual DSLR/mirrorless camera + tripod to shoot long expsoures.


I cannot believe comments like this!

Well, go and use your $40,000 Hasselblad and tripod or whatever it is you own (clearly, you need us to know you have a mirrorless DSLR). This is a $1.99 iPhone app for a smartphone. It's not meant to replace a DSLR, it's meant to make what you have in your pocket that little bit better.

For goodness sake.

Side note: Maybe this is the iOS answer to Google's 'Night Sight'.
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12 weeks ago

Seems like a neat concept, but I'd prefer to use my actual DSLR/mirrorless camera + tripod to shoot long expsoures.


I also have a full backpack of lenses and my Sony full frame mirrorless camera. They surely produce pictures of great quality. But you can't compare the convenience of that full backpack 10 pounds setup with the iPhone that weights 6 ounces and fits in your pocket. Being able to take a creative picture is more important than being able to take a picture of high image quality, in my opinion.

Side note from this I feel like we are starting to see more and more ML based app. Glad that CoreML is taking off.
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12 weeks ago

And I'm not saying that. Typical MacRumors to jump on someone's post who you don't agree with....

Take a breathe and calm down.


I do not need to calm down, I am perfectly calm. Don't play a victim now.
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12 weeks ago

This seems really cool. I have only been using the stock Camera app on my iPhone XS. Are there any must-have camera apps that you guys recommend, or know of a resource? Thanks.


Cameras:
Halide/Moment (especially if you use their lenses)/Obscura 2/Hipstamatic

Processing:
Darkroom
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11 weeks ago

Seems like a neat concept, but I'd prefer to use my actual DSLR/mirrorless camera + tripod to shoot long expsoures.


Agreed! Except... not everyone *has* a good DSLR+tripod, and even then I don't carry mine everywhere. The ability to get these pics is still a net positive.
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The app looks pretty cool, but I would've preferred it as a paid IAP to Halide app. I prefer not to have that many apps, especially for shooting photos or video.


I would take that one step further and wish for the stock camera app to have snap-in capabilities. That way we would have ONE app to load for all photography scenarios.
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12 weeks ago

Seems like a neat concept, but I'd prefer to use my actual DSLR/mirrorless camera + tripod to shoot long expsoures.


Probably true one would get a better shot but I have the phone everywhere. So you can probably get a really good shot with this or no shot.

It is more of an additional tool vs a complete replacement.
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12 weeks ago

Seems like a neat concept, but I'd prefer to use my actual DSLR/mirrorless camera + tripod to shoot long expsoures.

Hey everybody, it's okay. They just wanted us all to know they had a mirrorless camera and the associated gear for really nice long exposure shots.

Good work, we're all very happy for your excellent setup! :D
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12 weeks ago
The app looks pretty cool, but I would've preferred it as a paid IAP to Halide app. I prefer not to have that many apps, especially for shooting photos or video.
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12 weeks ago

You people are unbelievable!


Nobody is saying that you should throw away your DSLR and all the lenses you have. This is for people who want to shoot best possible photos on iPhone.


Please...


Oops, too late! I just tossed MY Hasselblad and CASES of lenses.

:eek::p
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