iPhone photography: How to take dreamy long exposure photos with your iPhone camera

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The iPhone 11 Pro’s triple camera array takes some of the best images you can get from a phone, and even the iPhone SE‘s single camera captures amazing images that belie its affordable price. But hidden inside these phones, specifically ones launched after the iPhone 6, is a creative trick that lets you transform your everyday images into dreamy long exposure shots.

A long exposure photograph is any image where the shutter has been intentionally left open long enough to blur the motion in the image. Look up pictures of waterfalls and you’ll undoubtedly see images where the raging torrent of water has been smoothed out into this otherworldly flow — that’s a long exposure image. 

To take this sort of image with a DSLR camera, you usually need

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