How to use the iPhone 11 for night photography

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It was a big step up in smartphone technology innovation when the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro was first revealed to the public eye. Everyone was amazed in almost every feature about it. But one distinct feature that many of us even photographers got caught our attention. That is the new dual cameras for the iPhone 11 and the iPhone 11 Pro’s new triple set of cameras.

In fact, we are going to talk more about the iPhone’s camera and how we can use it for photography specifically for nighttime. You heard it right my friend, for nighttime. Our smartphones are incredibly powerful and advanced when it comes to taking photos and videos.

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Yes, so today we are going to look at how we can use our latest iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro’s set of cameras for night photography. These are tips that will help you in capturing the best photos and videos in low light situations.

Specifications of iPhone 11 Camera

A quick information about the camera specifications for both apple smartphones. Now these specifications of each camera of a smartphone are important to learn so that you are more familiar about what’s your camera’s strengths and features.

So, the iPhone 11 has a dual camera system for photo and video. Both are 12-megapixels and have 1/2.55” sensors. However, they different in terms of lenses. The top one is a 26mm wide lens with an aperture of f/1.8 while underneath it is a 13mm ultrawide lens with an aperture of f/2.4.

The iPhone 11 on the other hand does have both cameras and lenses but with an addition of a third one thus making that iconic triple camera system. The third camera is a 52mm telephoto lens with an aperture of f/2.4. Both iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro’s cameras have dual-pixel phase-detect autofocus, allowing you to have lightning fast focus and OIS or optical image stabilization. Both can take photos in excellent HDR mode and they can also record videos up to 4K at 60fps.

Now that we are already familiar with our phone’s cameras, let’s jump right through it with our helpful tips when it comes to using our iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro for night photography.

Use flash to fill the light on your iPhone 11

For the basic tip is to use the iPhone 11 series built in flash. These are a good option if you are shooting in low light and the subject is near you. This creates a fill in light that wraps around your subject directly thus luminating the subject. However, the image result has the subject overexposed and have harsh shadows over a dark background.

This is a basic solution for night photography. It is ok to use it but there are better options below, but this is better to know this just in case.

iPhone 11 Night Mode

This is one of the newest features that can only be found on the iPhone 11 series. This feature is possible due to the excellent processor and the improve image sensor inside cameras. The Night Mode feature is a setting that activates automatically when the sensor detected that you are in a condition where light is minimal. It is available for your wide-angle lens and telephoto lens. If Night Mode becomes active, an indicator (with a yellow crescent moon as an indicator) will appear and the phone will scan its surroundings and analyze the light available.

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Afterwards, the phone will show you how many seconds it will need in order to capture a perfectly exposed image. More often, the iPhone will give you around three to five seconds and sometimes even longer or shorter than what I’ve mentioned. Of course, the darker the situation, the more time needed,

During this time, you’ll need to stay still while holding your phone until the timer is done. This is where the OIS or Optical Image Stabilization will help you so that you won’t get a distorted or blurry image. The result of this mode is a properly exposed image.

If you prefer not to have a Night Mode and you are wondering if you can turn this off, yes you can turn it off. Just tap on the icon and the Night Mode feature will be disabled. But at this point, it is by far the best to use this mode as it is an excellent feature for the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro.

Use excellent smart editing applications

However, if you are still not satisfied with your night photography results, you can download some of the best photo editing applications from the Apps Store. Most of these applications are FREE to download and are very excellent and easy to use. However, I do recommend that image you are editing with these apps are captured in HDR (High Dynamic Range) so that you are able to use most of the image’s information to optimize it. Some examples of these excellent editing applications are Adobe Lightroom Mobile, Adobe Photoshop Mobile and Snapseed by Google.

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Inside these applications, you have access to a ton of tools that will help you optimize and edit your HDR photos. For example, in Snapseed, you can use the ‘Tune Image’ for adjusting the highlights, shadow, brightness and temperatures of your images. In case for images for night photography, if you happen to want to increase the light in your image even more, I do suggest increasing the amount of brightness or slightly decrease your shadows.

This is a great tip if you really want to bring your night photography to the next level or simply wanted to adjust your HDR photos to any exposure you want.

And there you have it! These are the helpful tips that you can use with you iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro for shooting for night photography. Overall, it does not have to be that difficult to capture a great image with today’s technology. All we need to learn what our device can do. So that’s about it for today. Please let me know what’s your experiences and feedback about these awesome solutions.

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