How to Take Photos in a Dark environment?

The point of a camera is to capture the fun, exciting, and memorable moments of your everyday life, which can be hard to do in a dark room or setting. There are many ways to get around problems with low light, so you can take pictures at any time of the night. Try changing the settings on your cell phone or manual camera before you take a picture to get better results. Keep trying new things until you start to see a difference!

Method 1 –  Use a cell phone

Hold your phone still while you take a picture

When you want to take a picture, hold your phone firmly. If your camera moves around too much, you won’t be able to get a clear shot, which will make your pictures look blurry. Instead, when taking photos in the dark, try to keep your phone at a steady, consistent angle. [1] Take several pictures at once to make it less likely that you’ll only get blurry ones.

Try to take pictures near a light source of any kind

Look around to see if there are any lights around, like street lamps or city skylines. If you’re taking pictures inside, try turning on a lamp or other nearby light to get rid of some of the darkness and shadows.

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Light sources that are easy to carry can also work well for photos. If you’re near a busy road and need light, car headlights can be a great last-ditch option.

Do not zoom in to get a closer picture

Whenever you want to get a better shot, move forward. If you only use the phone lens to zoom in, the quality of the photo will go down. If you’re trying to take a picture of a landscape, try moving up so you can get more of the picture. [3] If you want to take a selfie with a group of people, have the tallest person in the group hold the phone camera.

For close-up shots, put a napkin over your phone’s flashlight

Go to the settings on your phone and turn on the flashlight. Put a paper napkin over the light source on your phone to make it less bright. Now that there is a dim light near your camera lens, try taking a picture of something close by. [4] Make sure the napkin doesn’t end up in the picture.

If you’re taking pictures with a friend, ask them if they can shine their phone light through a napkin onto a nearby object. So, you can just focus on taking the picture with your camera.

Lower the setting for exposure in the camera app

Change the manual settings on your phone’s camera to let more light into your photos. If you have an iPhone, tap the screen to center and focus the camera lens, then swipe down from the top of the screen to lower the exposure level. If you have an Android phone, you can get to the exposure settings by tapping the “Manual Camera” button in the camera app.

After you change your settings, take a few practice shots to see if the new exposure makes your photos better in the dark.

The ISO settings on your phone’s camera should be raised

If you have an Android phone, set the camera to “Manual Mode” and tap on the ISO label to change the settings. You can’t change your iPhone’s ISO settings by hand, so you’ll need to download an app like Camera+ 2 to do it.

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How sensitive your camera is to nearby light sources is set by the ISO setting. The brighter your pictures will be, the higher your ISO settings are.

Get apps that let you edit your photos to make them less grainy

Look in the app store on your phone for software that can help you fix photos that aren’t very well-lit. If you have an iPhone, you can use apps like PS Express and Filterstorm Neue to sharpen your photos and get rid of any extra noise and grain. Find apps like Pro capture and JPEG Optimizer if you have an Android phone.

There are also apps for cameras that let you take photos at night. Check the app store to see if there are any apps with good reviews that you might want to try.

Step 2: How to Use a Manual Camera

Slow down your shutter to let more light in

Set your camera to “shutter priority” mode, which lets you change the speed of your shutter based on your surroundings. When taking photos of moving subjects (like animals or people running) in dark places, try to keep your shutter speed at 1/200 second or higher (like 1/500). If you’re taking pictures of things that aren’t moving, you can slow the shutter speed down even more (for example, to 1/100).

When taking pictures in the dark, try not to use the auto settings.

How much light gets into a photo depends on the shutter speed. If the exposure time on your camera is long, more light will be able to get into the picture.

Put your camera on a tripod to stop it from moving

Keep your camera on a steady, even surface to keep your photos from being blurry. Set up your tripod where you can see everything around you, and then attach your camera to it. Don’t start taking pictures until your camera is fully set up on the tripod.

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The best way to take photos with a slow shutter speed is on a tripod, not by hand.

Raise the ISO setting on your camera by hand

By turning up the ISO setting on your camera, you can make it more sensitive to light sources. Try out different settings to make sure that at a higher ISO setting, your pictures aren’t too noisy or grainy. If you know how to clean up photos that are too noisy, you can raise your ISO level even more.

You can get a better idea of how noisy and grainy your pictures look by looking at your sample photos on a computer.

The ISO setting controls how sensitive your camera is to light. If you turn up the ISO, your camera is more likely to be able to take in more light.

Buy a lens with a bigger opening

Try switching to a wider lens, which will let more light into your pictures on its own. If you can, try to use a lens with an aperture setting of F/1.8 or lower. Try out different lenses to see if you can tell a difference in the photos you take.

How wide the camera lens is is shown by the “F” fraction. If the lens says “F/32,” it means that it is narrow and doesn’t let much light in. If the lens says “F/2,” that means it lets a lot of light in.

Use the light from places you wouldn’t expect to help you

Look around to see if there are any glow sticks, light strings, or other things that could be used as a light source. Try to take square photos around these points to make your photos stand out.

For example, if you’re taking pictures of landscapes at night, try to get some light from the stars, moon, and planets.