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How to Take Great Photos at Night with Your Android Phone

By Elsie Wesley, Tuesday, March 29, 2016

In the previous article, we've talked about how to take photos with your Android phone at night. You know, it's a little bit different when you want to take a picture with people on it at night. Let's see what we can do to capture a beautiful photography with people on in at night on Android phone with the following tips.

1. Enable HDR Mode

HDR mode will be recommended to enabled when you are taking photos of landscapes, low-light/backlit scenes and portraits in sunlight. So when you are taking photos of yourself or other people in low-light environment, turning on HDR mode will make you look better on the photos.  By enabling HDR mode, it will capture 3 photos with different exposure and give you the best one.

Enable HDR Mode

Take Samsung Galaxy phone for example, to turn on HDR mode, you just need to go to "Mode" on your default camera and choose "Rich Tone (HDR)" in the next interface.

Turn on Rich Tone HDR

2. Increase ISO to ISO 400

ISO is not a familiar word for photography rookie. In short, ISO is the sensitivity level of your camera to available light. The higher the ISO number is, the more sensitive your camera is to light. ISO helps us gather lights and transform them into an image. By increasing ISO to ISO 400, we can get a beautiful and clear photo in low-light environment such as at night without using the flash. However, don't get me wrong. It doesn't mean that the higher the ISO is, the clearer the photo is. When the ISO is too high, let's say ISO 3200, the graininess and noise will increase and the pictures get blurry.

ISO 400

To turn on ISO on your Android phone, tap on the setting icon and you can see the ISO option. Tap to choose Auto, 100, 200 and more as you wish. If the ISO option is in light grey and can't be chose, that's probably because you have turned on HDR mode and enabled Anti-Shake. Turn off these options and now you can choose ISO 400 as you wish.

Change ISO

3. Switch off the Flash

Though turning on the flash of your Android phone might add light to the photos, it will mess everything up when you are capturing a selfie in front of the mirror or take photos with someone wearing glasses. The flashlight reflects back to your camera and it gets shiny and you can barely see the people in the photos. Like the example below. So, switch off the flash even if it's at night.


4. Enable Self-Timer

No matter you take photos at night or at the day, the self-timer is a good choice helping you take great pictures. You can set it a 2-sec, 5-sec or 10-sec countdown. Then, after hitting on the shutter, you can find the best angle to take photos and stay still till the time is up. By doing this, you can free your hand to better pose for the photo as well as avoid shaking when you reach your finger to the camera shutter.

Self Timer

With these 4 simple steps, you don't need to worry about taking photos of people with your Android phone at night even if you don't have a high-pixel DLSR camera. Share your tips with us if you have other opinion please. Besides taking photos at night, there are also tricks for take better photos with your Android phone in general situation.

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