Have you ever been mesmerized by a photo of a highway at night, in which all the white headlights and red taillights merge into beautiful glowing trails? Or maybe you were fascinated by an image of the Taj Mahal with no tourists, wondering how early the photographer must have woken up to get that shot.
These stunning photographic effects are created by blending multiple images into one, and Spectre makes this possible using just an iPhone camera—no professional DSLR or tripod needed.
Spectre harnesses artificial intelligence and machine learning to magically merge hundreds of images taken with the iPhone (and your steady hand) over just three, five, or nine seconds. Capture light trails, blur flowing bodies of water, and eliminate moving objects from your beautiful landscapes, all with Spectre’s minimalist interface and powerful tools.
Begin like you typically would to photograph any landscape: Use the viewfinder to perfect your composition, and tap on the part of your image where you want the iPhone’s camera to focus.
Using the iPhone’s accelerometer, the app will show you a little box with a phone icon. Keep the camera still enough to stay in the box and Spectre’s automatic tools will snap hundreds of images while you hold steady. (Pro tip: Press your elbows against your body for optimal stability.)
Spectre automatically detects the type of scene you’re photographing and decides whether to capture light trails. For images like the car headlight streaks, light trails are beautiful; in other instances, like getting rid of the moving tourists walking through your frame, the app will retain only the parts of the image that remain still, like the sky and the building you’re photographing. Set the timer to three seconds for a slightly blurry body of water or nine to give time for people to walk out of your frame.
With Siri Shortcuts, program the app to capture images without you even pressing the shutter, which can help achieve supersharp results.
Once you have your shot, tap the thumbnail in the bottom left corner to see the final product. The app also saves a Live Photo that captures something like a magical time-lapse of the image taking shape.