Tips to take better smartphone photos in the evening

Smartphones are getting better at low-light photography. Still, in many cases it remains a challenge to take pictures in the dark. Hopefully, these simple tips will make things better.

Use a tripod

You often notice it when you use the night mode of your smartphone: it takes a photo but continues to load for a long time. The aim is to keep your phone as stable as possible. No matter how hard you try, it is generally very difficult to keep your hand really still. Why make it difficult? Use a tripod and you won’t have that worry. Moreover, you can also use a very slow shutter speed, which often gives you much more detail in the photo. The shutter speed is often slower in the evening because more light can enter the lens.

Find a silhouette

The great thing about night photography is that you actually have to look for light. In this case, light coming from behind, creating a silhouette of the subject you’re trying to photograph. The great thing is that this often immediately looks razor-sharp and you can create very cool shapes with it. Especially if the subject of your photo wants to cooperate a bit.

Clean your lens

Actually, you should always do this before taking a photo, but it has the most effect in evening photography. You immediately notice when your lens is dirty: flares. Sometimes that can give a nice effect to your photo, but usually it is not desired. The simple solution is often to just clean your lens. Then the headlights of cars and the light of lampposts seem a lot calmer.

Use slow shutter speed apps

With many phones you cannot choose a short or long shutter speed, while this is indeed important. Fortunately, there are third-party apps that can help with that. Find them and use them, because the basis of night photography is the shutter speed. This ensures that more light gets to your photos and that is often what makes for good photos when it is twilight or even almost completely pitch dark.

Touch your screen

This also works during the day, but chances are that you can only really see the difference in the evening. If you tap on your subject, it will become lighter, but if you tap more in the dark, you often get a darker, more ‘moody’ photo. So don’t always touch only your subject to focus on it, because the night can surprise you.

Laura Jenny

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