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...)
The applications Northern Lights Photo Taker was published
in the category Photo & Video on 2015-04-08 and
was developed by Lazily Inspired.
The file size is 15.10 MB.
The current version is 1.1 and works well on
8.1 and high ios versions.
Hi, everyone! Simon here. I'd like to personally thank you all for supporting this app; I apologize for the new iOS12 issue that prevented people from using the app. As always, if you have any feedback or problems, please contact me personally at [email protected] and I will respond to everything that is related to the app!
Here are some of the updates on the new update:
- Fixed a nasty bug with iOS12 that prevented people from using the app (so SO sorry about that)
- You can now take pictures with the volume up/down button (if you're iOS8 and up)
It was hard to use. I didn’t get it to work that night I purchased it.
This app is a waste of money. Buy the other app that’s good for NorthernLights to try instead. Couldn’t capture any speck of northern lights I saw. I had high hopes, but it let me down big time in a moment of need.
This app is terrible, tried to take pics of the northern lights last night and couldn’t get one decent photo with this app, my normal phone camera got a better pic. What a waste of money, don’t bother.
Thank you Simon Leung for developing this fantastic App! I was lucky enough to see the Northern Lights in Yellowknife, North West Territories over the past two days and your App helped me preserve those images!
Used this app to capture images of the Northern Lights on a particularly high visibility night. Used a tripod and a remote to take pics so as not to have to touch the phone very much. As long as everything stayed still, the pictures came out quite good. Clearly they are not DSLR or professional-level images and won’t win any photography awards for Northern Lights pictures, but they are MUCH MUCH MUCH better than you’d get from just using your iPhone camera (which I tried, and simply got black).
Don’t waste your .99 cents on this app. It doesn’t work. If you want great photos of the aurora take a good camera with you. Don’t depend on this app or you will be very disappointed with the results.
I probably should have done a bit more research in the difference between Northern Lights photo Apps... my bad. I didn’t find this one very useful (most of mine came out as rather dark tie-dyed blobs) but luckily was on a trip with others who had better apps and got better photos... good luck...
Used every night we saw the Northern Lights in Norway- I got some great photos- a tripod would have made my shots better, but I am happy with what I got.
I would highly recommend this app! It worked amazing with my iPhone! You will not be disappointed!!! My pictures came amazing!
Arrived in Norway with little idea as to how to take a photo of the Northern Lights. Downloaded the app and hey presto, point and shoot, and some fabulous photos. There is even the ability to play with the settings so that you can discuss aperture and shutter speed settings with fellow photographers! Without the app it was not possible to get a decent photo of the lights. A fabulous app!
I downloaded the app and paid fir it. It doesn't work - all you gat are black photos even when in daylight. How on earth did apple let this rip off an app get published?
At Fairbanks, Alaska right now to see the NorthernLights. I did a lot of researched on camera and how to take pictures of the NorthernLights. I went to Best Buy and almost bought a camera and lens which would have probably cost me between 4 to 5 thousand dollars. The trip here to Fairbanks wasn't cheap, so I had to do a lot of thinking. Finally, decided not to but those fancy camera. I saw this app on the App Store the other day as I was getting ready to leave for Fairbanks. 99 cents should not hurt whether it is a flop or not. Drove to ski land last night as it was recommended to have the best view of the NorthernLights away from city lights. My friends and I were there for 4 hours and finally saw a streak of lights coming from the horizon going up. Took several pictures and all I could see was a hint of green light. Someone made a comment that without a tripod that you'll never capture that light. The light started fading. My friends and I decided that it was time to leave. 10 miles down the mountain I saw on my right side 2 streaks of lights going down behind the trees. I made a comment about it to my friend that I must be seeing a reflection of lights on the window. He looked to his left and saw a dancing light above the woods. We stopped safely the soonest we could and couldn't believe how much lights there were dancing as if it was taunting us. I pulled my iPhone again and open up the app. Tried it and to my amazements I was capturing tons of lights. I wish I could share the pictures here. I shared the pictures to my friends and family and they are stunned the beautiful lights I was able to capture with an iPhone and 99 cents app.
Tried this app in Iceland during strong aurora activity. Terrible image quality. Extremely grainy. Girlfriend's phone did much better. Save your money.
We saw the faintest of shimmer in the sky, but with this app our pictures are stunning. It was cool to look through the app and really see the lights dancing.
Was very skeptical that it would work. I took the big 99 risk and it worked. I got pictures tonight of the northern lights. So happy. Thanks.
Tried using for the first time tonight, and nothing. No matter how I messed with the custom settings the view stayed black. I couldn't even take a picture. Very disappointed.
The app wasn't able to pick up anything for some fairly bright lights. Save your money and get procam for free, it was able to take some from the same night. Of course it's no replacement for a real camera, but if your phone is all you have, skip this one.
We went to Iceland to see the Northern Lights but we didn't take the right lens for our camera. Our tour guide told us about this app while en route to see the lights and I downloaded it on the way. Wow! was I surprised to see how well the photos turned out. The only thing was that if the lights shined too weak the lens wouldn't capture it, but for 99 cents it's worth the risk. I came home with great memories thanks to this app. I highly recommend it.
In Iceland and the Northern Lights were supposed to be good tonight, but I only had my iPhone. Decided to give this app a try, and WOW!! Even on a rocky boat with some background lights, it worked great! Will these get printed/published? No Did they capture the essence of what I saw so I can keep the memory and share the pictures with family & friends online? Absolutely yes!!! Don't hesitate. Best $.99 app I ever bought!
Don't waste $.99. The app is useless. The pic come pitch black. The technology is not possible yet to take still high exposure pics on mobile phones. Invest in DSLR camera or have your guide take your pics with his camera.
This app is incredible. No way I would've gotten any pictures of the northern lights without it. I don't know the first thing about "real" cameras, and just as the description says - this app does it all for you. Great work developers!
Don’t waste your money, absolutely terrible app, didn’t capture NorthernLights on it, instead I used my iPhone 8 and captured them perfectly ... panic bought .. don’t do it.. keep your money.. bring a good camera instead. If it was possible to give 0 stars I would.
Worst app ever! I have an iPhone 8 which captured the pictures 100 times better! Do not buy this app a complete and utter waste of money!!!!
Seen the lights clearer with my eyes this app only helped take black photos.. would not recommend!
The pictures, though it looks like the lights didn’t show up at first, turned out great! Worth the money for the app if there’s even a chance you’ll see the lights truuuust me