iPhone app of the year Spectre Camera uses AI to take photos that usually require a DSLR

CNET | 12/3/2019 | Staff
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Here's a long exposure of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Notice how the water looks like silk.

On Tuesday, Apple awarded the AI photography app Spectre Camera the title of iPhone App of the Year, as part of its first annual App Store Best Apps and Games awards. Spectre -- created by the developers behind photography app Halide -- uses machine learning to take simulated long exposure photos on your iPhone. The app combines hundreds of photos taken over a period of 3 to 9 seconds, which creates an effect that makes light streaks from a car at night, or make flowing water look smooth like a painting, or remove crowds of people from a popular spot. You typically need to use a DSLR or mirrorless camera to capture that kind of effect.

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"If you wanted to take a long exposure with a traditional camera, you'd have to carry around all sorts of equipment like a tripod and filters and have a deep understanding of photography," said Ben Sandofsky, one of the app's two developers. "Spectre lets anyone shoot long exposures handheld, on their iPhone."

The app is also accessible to casual photographers, Sadofsky said. "We wanted to make an app where our parents can just tap the capture button and it just works," he added.

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While long exposures are typically limited to a final image, Spectre saves the entire exposure process as a live photo, so you can replay it as it happened, according to the app's website. You can also share your final shot as a still,...
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