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Magic Shutter 2.1 was available on app store

  • iOS 5 support and a whole new Magic Shutter.
  • Better image quality, resolution, user experience and performance.
  • Fixed photo orientation bug and view setting bug.
  • Magic Shutter 2.3 are developing, if you would like to provide suggestions, please mail them to - Contact US.
  • Read older Magic Shutter 1.5 help from here.


Magic Shutter is a creation making camera in iPhone. It can easily let you use your iPhone to take long exposure and repeated exposure photos. And the photo can be taken at the same time as viewing. After shooting, you can immediately adjust the creations and through the Internet to share your creations with your family and friends.

Using lighting as a brush can be utilized by Magic Shutter to create amazing photos.

Why you should buy Magic Shutter?

  • Magic instant preview feature that allows you to master the best long exposure time.
  • Smart Exposure function can avoid over-exposure.
  • Flash synchronization can freeze shooting objects to produce mixed amazing results. (Caution: iPhone 4 have real flash and iPhone 3Gs still use simulate flash.)
  • Photo sharing feature allows you to share your ideas at any time.
  • Easily set the shutter speed to 1, 2, 4, 8, 15, 30, 60 seconds or B (unlimited).
  • Flexible shooting system having rich photo filters can be used in your artwork.

Software Features

  • Support separating exposure and focus to shoot accurately.
  • Support slow shutter exposure time unlimitedly to let iPhone becomes a professional camera.
  • Support repeated exposure function for presenting multiple shooting photos.
  • Support film preview to watch the results of the current exposure when shooting.
  • Support flash synchronization to freeze shooting objects at the perfect time.
  • Support exposure compensation to control exposure.
  • Support smart exposure to avoid over exposure.
  • Support 5 shooting modes and 4 flash synchronization options and can be mixed out of 20 shooting methods.
  • Support a lot of useful filters to adjust photo.
  • Support iPhone 4's retina display and 6 languages (English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Japanese, French and German).
  • Support store photos, e-mail, facebook and other methods to share the creations with your friends.
  • Support iPhone 3Gs, iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s (or another iOS device have camera).

Exposure modes

Smart Exposure

Using slow shutter to shooting objects in the general condition that can help you to capture the beautiful light trails or moving effects in the photo. If you have no idea how to set up exposure mode, you can start here.

Motion Blur

Motion Blur exposure mode can keep photo blur that can let you feel everything is slow down in the real world. It's very useful for shooting moving target and making it blur in your photo. This is different from Smart Exposure mode. Motion blur mode replaces previous exposure result while you are shooting, but Smart Exposure mode will doesn't.

Light Trail

Recommend to taking photos in very dark background environment. The use of LED light or fireworks is generally to draw or make creative photos. It's a very interesting mode for light painting and I believe you will love the results.

Manual Exposure

This is used to control the camera's exposure conditions completely by advanced users. If you want to capture a special result which is not feasible by using all of the above mentioned modes, you can use it.

Double Exposure

Similar to manual Shooting, but this mode is only take one shoot. Repeated exposure film can be used repeatedly as a creation.

Flash synchronizations


Trigger the flash at the beginning of exposure to fix the exposure result.


Trigger the flash at the end of exposure to fix the exposure result.


When you are shooting, flash will keep on for it.


When you are shooting, flash will keep off for it.

App Main View Function Map / Manual

A. Exposure function setting

This feature provides multiple exposure modes and sets the shutter speed and exposure compensation in details.

B. Switch photo preview screen

When you're shooting, this feature can allow you to see both the exposure preview and viewfinder window. Therefore, you can accurately decide when to start or end of the shooting.

C. Magic Shutter's app function setting

This feature provides multiple app-related features in details. If you need control system settings such as timer, quality, grid, autoSave, etc., they are all in this feature.

D. Start / End shooting

You can shoot several times and combine them into one photo, until you feel satisfied. It can help you to expose several times for creating a complex creation.

E. Reshoot

Long press screen will trigger this menu. If you want to clear the current result and retake a shot, you can use this feature to clear them very quickly.

F. Edit Photo

Long press screen will trigger this menu. It can be used easily to send photo to edit view, and then you can apply photo filters on it or export your creations for further use.

Hardware volume feature

Magic Shutter 2.2 add new volume remote control feature. You can press "+" button to shoot or stop shoot and press "-" button to reshoot photo. Remote controller supports the volume button beside iPhone and head set volume button.

(A) Exposure function setting

A1. Exposure modes

Multiple exposure modes suit different conditions. For more details, please refer to exposure description or video tutorial.

A2. Flash sync

The function of flash sync is the same as it in the DSLR for you to decide when to trigger the flash. "One shooting mode" does not support the flash sync. (iPhone 4 has real flash, iPhone 3Gs still use simulate flash.)

A3. Shutter speed

It can be used easily to set the shutter speed to 1", 2", 4", 8", 15", 30", 60" seconds or B (unlimited). If you do not set the shutter speed B, timer will end shooting automatically when time's up.

A4. Exposure compensation

"Manual Exposure" and "Double Exposure" modes can support exposure compensation. This allows you to determine the exposure value and it will affect the duration of exposure and results.

(B) Switch photo preview screen

B1. Viewfinder window

When shooting, this small window can be used as the viewfinder in your camera. This feature can help you to identify the exact right location in the Exposure live preview (B2).

B2. Exposure live preview

When you start shooting, Magic Shutter will immediately present the result of the exposure in this function. It can help you to decide when to stop shooting or moving camera to create the desired effects.

(B1) Viewfinder window

B3. AE/AF Lock

When you press this button, AE and AF will be immediately locked,until you change the exposure or focus's point or exchange the camera.

B4. Flashlight

You can turn on or turn off the flashlight from here. Remember,this feature is only used for viewfinder, has nothing to do with the actual shooting. If you want control flashlight when shooting, please go to exposure setting view to set up flash synchronizations.

B5. Exchange Cameras

Usually advanced iOS devices have two cameras, one facing the user, the other on the back of the device. By default, the higher-resolution camera on the back of iPhone is selected. It allows you exchange front camera or rear camera to shoot photo. It means that Just simply toggle tap it to exchange cameras.

B6. Auto Focus Point

Single tap on the viewfinder will trigger "Auto Focus Point". It can continue to determine the point of focus and exposure value.

B7. Focus Point

Two fingers tap on the viewfinder will trigger " Focus Point". It can determine the point of focus.

B8. Exposure Point

Two fingers tap on the viewfinder will also trigger " Exposure Point". It can determine the point of exposure value.

P.S Every point can be individual drag to control focus or exposure.

(C) Magic Shutter's app function setting


The grid overlaid on the viewfinder, it's only for composition and won't appear on your images. You can turn it on or off by slide switcher.


It can be used easily to set the timer from 0 to 10 seconds. If you do not set value 0, timer will active automatically when you press shoot button and start shooting after end of the countdown.


It means that after shooting, the photo will be automatically saved. You need a few moment to wait Magic Shutter process for saving photo after every shooting, which turn on this feature. (iPhone 3Gs will later than iPhone 4)


It means that after shooting, the film will be automatically clear and ready to shoot another one. Turn off this feature will allow you to repeate exposure.


This setting determines the quality of the camera.
High speed: Lower image quality but smooth motion blur effect.
Best Quality: Higher image quality but may reduce motion blur effect.
If you have iPhone 4s, it is strong enough to handle "Best Quality" and can get best result.

App Editing View Function Map / Manual

G. Back

Press back button to exit and to shoot new photo again. If you set "AutoClear" off, you can repeate exposure on next film. (AutoClear default value is Off)

H. Photo Filter

This feature provides a lot of filters to adjust photo. After shooting, you can use it to transform your photo to black & white, HDR, etc. photos. It allows you to make dark room processing easily on your iPhone.

I. Export Photo

This feature helps you to save photos, mail or post to facebook's wall after the completion of photography.

(H) Photo Filter

This feature provides a lot of useful filters to let you adjust your creations, you can use it to slide down for hiding control panel or slide up to show control panel. It helps you view the filter's result or control filter's effect.

H1. Filter Name

It shows the filter's name. It let you know what kind of filters is currently used.

H2. Filter Control Panel

This panel has several sliders to control filter's effect. You can tap and slide it to adjust the individual amounts. The content is vary due to different types of filters.

(I) Export Photo

Save Photo

Press this button to save the photo directly to the iPhone's photo album.

Mail Photo

It can add your creations to e-mail's attachment. Then you can mail it to your family and friends at any time any where.

Post to facebook

If you have a facebook account, you can simply publish your photo and comment to facebook by pressing this button.

Magic Shutter 1 official presentation

Magic Shutter 1.3 video manual

Magic Shutter exercise materials

How to use Magic Shutter exercise materials?

It's simple! Launch the Magic Shutter on you iPhone and focus the video. Then follow the step in the video and try shooting with different exposure and flash sync modes. This can help you to understand what mode can create what result. For more details, please refer to "Magic Shutter 1.3 video manual".

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