Working with Average Camera Pro App

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By Matt Glastonbury, accomplished Mobile Photographer, providing great tutorials and App reviews. Matt is an independent blogger who acts as a Contributing Editor to Ink361. (Add Matt on Google Plus)

Today I’m going to talk about using Average Camera Pro to make two exposures and combine them with Pro HDR.

I’ve been really impressed with the results of Average Camera. It does something no other app does yet, and that’s average out multitudes of exposures over one final image, allowing you to choose different amounts of “gain” or tonal range, and save them as separate images. You’ll need a tripod, or something to position the phone on, to keep it still as it’s similar to taking a long exposure shot.

What I love about this app is that even in low-light level situations it has little noise. I now use it more often than slow shutter in Top-Camera. Plus, I’m pretty sure that the slow-shutter apps on smartphones aren’t slow shutter releasing at all, they are just layering images over time, in similar way to AvgCamPro, but not as well. I like to use AvgCamPro to create several exposures, at different brightness levels, before closing the app, so I can later choose which ones I prefer and then load them in Pro HDR. You don’t have to do this, but I find it is a great way to get some improved tonal depth and colour.

Step 1: I positioned the iPhone on something stable and shot my scene with 32 exposures, when finished capturing, I pressed save.

Step 2: I increased the Gain to make a lighter shot, then pressed save again, giving me my second image.

Step 3: I opened Pro HDR, and manually loaded the two images from the Library.

Step 4: The result after tweaking the tone and colour in Pro HDR.

Tip: You can use the L button to lock the focus and exposure in AvgCamPro. If the app is not adjusting properly for over exposed scenes, you can shine a torch into, or near, the lens to trick it into thinking there’s more light, then lock the exposure when the scene looks correct, and take away the torch, allowing you to expose the photo properly.

The same actions were also taken for photo 1, 2, and 3, on the second image here.

Tip: Too many exposures with faster moving clouds, can make them blur, and too few can make the movement of water looks too sharp. So, depending on the speed of the clouds in your scene, you could find the best balance at anything over 32 exposures.

Concluding…. Average Camera Pro is an amazing app, and one that can be used to get some wonderful effects, especially with movement in your scenes. I love to see the mysterious and foggy effects it creates when you shoot choppy water crashing around rocks. Unfortunately it hasn’t been updated for iPhone 5, but that doesn’t stop many people from discovering it’s awesome qualities. Try it in low light to capture a normal scene without movement, you’ll be surprised at the results. You can see what I mean in the user-guide video.

Give it a try, it’s a fantastic app!

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