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How to take good night photos with a smartphone? The presence of night mode in smartphone photo applications has significantly improved the rendering of low-light shots in recent months. However, it does not guarantee to avoid the effects of blur or too much noise. Here are some basic tips to improve your nighttime photos in the best possible way.
# 1 – Remember to activate night mode in the photo application
If taking night photos with your smartphone has always required many and lengthy adjustments, it is now possible to simplify your life. Recent smartphones include a night mode in their Photo application. On Samsung smartphones when the night mode is activated, the photo application not only takes care of automatically adjusting the settings for the user (increase in ISO, exposure time), but also takes several photos in at the same time, analyze and assemble them to bring out as much detail as possible.
To activate the night mode of the Samsung Galaxy S20, nothing could be simpler. Facing the scene you want to capture, open the camera of your Samsung Galaxy S20 and go to the “More” tab, located in the menu at the bottom of the application. There, select the “Night” function. All you have to do is take the picture, being careful to stay still for a few seconds.
# 2 – The golden rule: stabilize your smartphone as much as possible
One of the golden rules of night photography is to be as stable as possible. It is imperative to move your smartphone as little as possible when taking a picture, in order to capture the rare light sources and thus capture as much detail as possible.
The night mode of the latest Samsung smartphones, for example, asks you to stay still for a few seconds while shooting, so that the various cameras and the on-board artificial intelligence take the time to analyze and capture the scene. the smallest details.
The most effective method is to use a smartphone tripod. This gives you time to properly position your phone for optimal capture of the desired scene. If you don’t have a tripod or stabilizer handy, use your surroundings. A low wall, street furniture, a table, everything is good to ensure that you do not shake.
Last tip: take your time. When light is scarce, precipitation is often synonymous with blur. A good night shot takes time and a lot of testing.
# 3 – Forget the flash, prefer the Pro mode
There are situations where the night mode is not enough to obtain all the desired brightness in a dark environment. We are then tempted to turn to the flash present in the photo module of his smartphone. We explained it recently: using flash for a night shot is a bad idea 98% of the time.
There is a much more effective solution to getting detailed and bright shots in the middle of the night: go through Pro mode. This option allows you to really get your hands dirty by adjusting many parameters. Two of them are of particular interest to us for low light photos. These are ISOs and exposure time. ISOs correspond to the camera’s sensitivity to light. The lower the ISO value, the less sensitive the sensor will be to ambient light. It is therefore necessary to increase it when shooting at night.
If you touch the ISO value, it is also necessary to adjust the exposure time of your Samsung Galaxy S20. Indeed, the exposure time governs the time interval during which the sensor of the photo module lets light through. If this duration is too long while the ISO value is high, you will end up with an overexposed photo. It’s up to you to find the right balance between ISO values and exposure times. If the subject interests you, we have already covered the subject of these settings in our tutorial on Light Painting.