We take pictures whether it’s day or night, indoors or outdoors. Since we are no longer constrained by the number of positions available on the unit, we take much more pictures. Have you noticed that the pictures taken during the day look better than those taken at night? But with the help of the following tips you can achieve better pictures at night.
- Decrease the shutter speed if you’re going to take pictures in low light environments. A high shutter speed will create clear pictures, but less light reaches the optical sensor which is not a good thing in low light enjoinments. Reduced shutter closing speed will foster pictures at night because more light enters the sensor.
- The interval should be maximum opening. Again this setting allows greater penetration of luminous flux. Interval opening must be f / 2.8 or f / 1.8 to take pictures when the light is low. Maybe you’re thinking of investing in a new objective in case you need to shoot a lot in low light conditions. Canon EF-S 24mm f / 2.8 STM objective is ranked very well for such conditions, another advantage is its small size.
- Change the ISO sensitivity of the device will greatly improve photos taken at night. A low value of the sensor will mean that the sensor is very sensitive to light. You have to magnify the value when the light is low to make sure that the sensor absorbs enough light. You should also know that a maximum ISO can introduce disturbances in pictures (points appearing in the picture that should not be there), so you should play a little with this setting to find the perfect combination. This setting exists for phones also.
- As I said in a previous article, stability is very important to take great photos. Here you can think of buying a tripod or a stabilizer that you can hold in your hand. Though the hand held stabilizers tend to be very expensive and are designed for filming. A tripod is the best solution and you can find a tripod at a relatively small price.
- RAW photo format can save much more information than a classical picture format as JPEG. DSLR owners are already familiar with this format, but only a handful of phones are able to save photos in RAW format.
- Focus is again very important. By simply changing the focus are a picture can lighten or darken. For example if you take a picture in the day and facing the sun you are in for an unpleasant surprise if you have not correctly focused. Picture will be very bright and items you want in the frame will be dark. To avoid this effect must focus on the object you want to show, so it is recommended manual focus in such conditions. And low light conditions are no exception.
- Using the flash is recommended when you are trying to capture objects or persons nearby. For capturing landscapes, the flash will have no effect. We recommend using an external flash that can be oriented in different positions to get a more natural picture.
Hope that these tips are helpful, certainly helps me to have the most successful pictures in low light conditions.