When we have all nescesarily requirement we can take a look what is important from settings and using phone for capture amazing night photos. Lets see all advices and tricks you should know.
22 ultimate tips and tricks for mobile night photograpy
- Part 1 – Required equipement
- Part 2 – Tricks for night shooting 1-5
- Part 3 – Tricks for night shooting 6-11
- Part 4 – Tricks for shooting with Camera FV-5
- Part 5 – Tips for postprocess
Tricks for night shooting by phone
If at all possible use for shooting manual or semi-manual modes. Absolutely forgot to auto mode.
1. Set the lowest possible ISO
When smartphone is not shooting on lowest ISO, photos are getting noisy very quickly. For example on my phone is lowest ISO 50, in the night you can see a little noise from ISO 100 and ISO 200 has quite visible noise. If you are shooting on auto mode, phone tries to make photo the most lighter and it can sets ISO to 3200 which is noisy like TV without signal.
2. Setup white balance properly
In the night it depends what light sources are in your neighborhood, if it’s bulbs, fluorescent, candles etc. If you are shooting into RAW, you can fix white balance in postprocess without loosing image information. When you shooting into JPG, sets white balance properly or the way you want see colors on your photo. If you are changing color temperature from JPG format you always loosing image information and not always are huge color temperature changes possible relatively to expected result.
3. Do not using LED lights, flashlights are better
Cell phones has usually has LED flash instead of xeon flash, which is not too much usable for night photography and has a small reach. Results will be unevenly burned subject in foreground and darkness around. Better is shooting with forced turned off flash light and if you need more light somewhere in scene you can use flashlights or other light source.
4. Use self-timer
Even with tripod you will trill phone, when you push trigger. If you haven’t bluetooth remote control, which is part of some advanced selfie sticks, use self-timer. Usually 2s are enough. If you are shooting something dynamic and is not possible to use self-timer, try fix tripod as much as possible and by tap to display not trill phone to much.
5. Exposure Compensation
If you have in application some semi-auto mode (P, A, S), phone will try create lighten picture (when there will be not too much light sources directly lighting to lens). In case you want to keep night character of your photo, do not worry to sets EV to minus values. Conversely if it’s scene to much dark and there is no other way, you can use lighten photo by sets EV to plus values.