When the sun sets, as a photographer, you may think that you have to put your phone camera off as you can’t take cool photos. You have two choices actually, either you can wait for the next day, or you can take it as a challenge to shoot at night. It’s true that night photography can be very tricky. You will get extreme contrast, low light, and grains in your photos. But you can actually overcome those limitations to capture some beautiful surreal images at night.
Here are some tips to make successful night photography:
1. Use Long Exposure Apps To Take Cool Photos
If it was with a DSLR or film camera, then long shutter speed is the answer to getting your exposure right. But for smartphones, you can control shutter speed through Apps. Depending on which OS you are using try Manual Camera (from Google Play) or Manual (iOS). Both these Apps will let you set how long your camera shutter will stay open.
2. Keep Your Smartphone Stable
Best way to prevent any motion blur and get a sharp photo during the time of long exposure is keeping your camera stable. To keep the phone stable, you can opt for a mobile tripod or some portable alternative.
3. Capture The Motion
At night the car lights make an array of lights with which you can play interestingly to get cool photos. Set the long exposure of your phone and click a photo of a busy road with cars running. It is an idea that you can apply anywhere where you get the movement of light at night.
4. Go Abstract
Yes, it’s true that when night falls, it prevents you from getting a perfectly-lit frame. But in reality, the long exposures with bi contrast can give you an awesome opportunity to get abstract photos. Think of the darkness as your backdrop, and it’s helping you to dissect the shapes and colors. Your photos will become more mysterious, and things can get weirder.
5. Take Cool Photos Using Phone Flash
In dark, you can use some extra lights on your subject. Your phone has a flash; why not use it? As flash can be flat and harsh, you can adapt it in some ways. Try to put some tissue or paper over your phone flash; it will soften your light. Use the color filter to get a different feel. You can dramatically light up an object neat to you.
6. Use Outside Light Source
You can find various interesting mobile accessories, especially those which can allow you to control light in your photos of the night. Those accessories are better than the built-in flash of your phone. Don’t depend on one thing, utilize any outside light source to get some extra light in your photos.
7. Use Photo-Editing App
When you are shooting in a low-light space, contrast and exposure are your best friends in a photo editing toolbox. Try some phone editing apps like Snapseed, Adobe Lightroom CC, Photo Lab, Pixlr, VSCO Cam, Instagram, Flickr, etc.
8. Take Backlight As Advantage
At night you can find extreme lighting situations. With backlight, however, you can get an amazing visual effect in your cool photos. The silhouettes make for an interesting story.