Outdoors, Night Mode (right) also works to make shots more clear and vivid.
(Images taken on Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G. Left: Default camera, Right: Night Mode)
Once you’re more confident taking photos in low light areas, take your night photography to the next level by playing around with the ISO (exposure) and shutter speed settings in Pro Mode
. 1. Shutter speed: Determines how long the camera spends taking the photo
Shutter speeds are measured in fractions of a second. When light levels are low, pick a slower shutter speed to let the camera sensor capture more light. 2. ISO: Determines the camera’s sensitivity to light
Pick a higher ISO value (upwards of ISO 400) for better image clarity when there is very little light. This increases the camera’s sensitivity, allowing the right exposure to be achieved with less light.
Practice and familiarise yourself with the settings by taking the same photo with different values for each setting. For instance, try taking a night shot on your smartphone with an ISO 400 camera setting, and gradually increase the ISO value for subsequent shots to understand the differences.
While toggling with shutter speed and ISO can better illuminate your night shots, note that your smartphone should also be super stable when taking the photo. If not, your image could turn out blurry. To prevent this, invest in a simple tripod to stabilize your phone, or prop the phone against a sturdy surface to minimize image blurring.