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Night Photography Tips with Smartphones

By Avery Pacheco, 27/05/2016, updated on 25/10/2019

Photographing at night is difficult. There can be lots of problems that come with the photo, for example, loss of detail, blurry images or photos washed out by a flash. But this doesn't mean it is impossible to shoot pleasing images in the dark. The significant factor contributes to a photography masterpiece is photography skill. In this post, we will show you night photography tips with smartphones.

Night Photography Tips with Smartphones

1. Adjust Exposure Value Compensation

This setting is needed because the camera can sometimes make incorrect assumptions about the lighting of a photo. Changing the EV compensation will make sure your photos are always correctly exposed.

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2. Take Use of HDR

HDR(also HDRI), for High-dynamic-range imaging, is an old photography technique introduced to iPhone and Android phone. Instead of just taking one photo, HDR uses three photos, taken at different exposures. You can then use image editing software to put those three images together and highlight the best parts of each photo.

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3.Lower the Shutter Speed

This is a significant setting in smartphone camera. It effects the light assumption and brightness of the photo. Note that lower shutter speed allows more light into the photo. As the rapid development of phone camera, now we can control the shutter speed easily.

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4. Adjust ISO

ISO is the level of sensitivity of your camera to available light. The higher the ISO number, the more sensitive it is to the light. With increased sensitivity, your camera sensor can capture photos in low-light environments without a flash. But higher sensitivity adds grain or "noise" to the pictures. When photographing at night, you need to adjust the ISO setting. 400 is enough.

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5. Use Night Mode

When shooting pictures at night, the night mode is in need. This mode can prolong the shutter speed and improve ISO to help illuminate the subject. And it helps capture details even in the dark.

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6. Turn off the LED Flash

Many attempt to improve the photo shot at night with LED flash. Actually, it doesn't not always work. Photos captured under the LED flash looks blur. We suggest you use LED flash only if the light is not enough.

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7. Anti-Shake

As the shutter speed will be lower to capture more light in the dark, once the phone is shade, the image will get blur. After pressing the shutter button, don't put the phone down instantly. Wait for five to ten seconds. In addition, you can use a tripod for imaging stabilization.

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8. Composition Tips

When it comes to composition, use the grid, which will gives you four options for focus. Your subject or subjects should land where any two lines cross. This will help you shoot visually arresting picture.

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