Life doesn’t end when the sun goes down, and that means that you will still want to be snapping pictures to share or save. But if you are like most of us, when you try to capture nighttime shots, they tend to end up blurry or grainy. While low light photos can be challenging, especially when using a phone, there are a few tricks you can use to take better photos at night.

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Tips for Taking Photos at Night

Keep it Steady

A steady hand is needed no matter the time of day, but it is even more essential when shooting at night. Your smartphone camera should automatically change to a slower shutter speed in low light, making blurry photo more likely. If you cannot keep your hand steady enough, consider using a tripod.

Reduce Exposure

Most smart phone cameras will try to compensate for low light by overexposing the image. This means that the darker areas will show up as a grainy gray and the focus will be too bright, losing details. To adjust exposure, tap the focal point on the screen to help the smart phone adjust. To further adjust the exposure, you can usually swipe up or down on the image.

Try a Long Exposure App

If you aren’t interested in playing with the settings yourself and you want the phone to do the work for you, consider a long exposure app. There are quite a few you can choose from, and it might take a little time to figure out which one is best for you. However, if you take lots of photos at night and want quality without effort, this is the way to go.

Use Sepia and Black and White Filters

Both of these filters really play into the ambiance of nighttime photos, and they can help mask some of the issues that arise from shooting at night. Will you want to do this all the time? Probably not. But it could be a way to save some shots you really love that turned out less than perfect.

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September 22, 2016

Tips for Taking Photos at Night

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