How can I take better lighting pictures with my phone?

I was at a film screening recently and had a colleague take a photo for social media and even with the flash on, the result was a photo shot in poor light – so how can you fix this easily?

Front lighting is good for portrait photography where you want the person’s face to be fully illuminated. If you’re taking a portrait photo, remember that bright sunlight will cause your subject to squint, so if possible, move into an area of partial shade where the ambient light can still reach your subject.

If you want clean, studio-like images, then consider using fluorescent lights or taking a portable hand-held . Since they emit white light, they tend to make photos look cool and bright. If you’re going to shoot vibrant images, then try incandescent lights. The warm color they produce can simulate the sun, and thus produce dynamic results.

How do I start photography?

Smartphone Photography – How to achieve the best shots

You can still get impressive lighting without breaking the bank. To achieve the best shots though, we would still recommend using multiple lights (minimum of , as this will help to remove any unwanted shadows and to make sure that there is an adequate amount of light coverage.

Well-lit, even lighting like this is ideal for landscape photography, but don’t confuse it with harsh midday light!

Mobile Photography Lighting | Dramatic Off-Camera Flash with an iPhone

Use a bounce light to get our desired lighting. First, let’s see how our image looks without any additional light.

Use artificial light
I am not a fan of using the flash unless well-positioned and measured. It otherwise creates harsh highlights and destroys detail in shadows, but it comes in all smartphones and helps with low-light photography. It’s the easiest way to make light where there isn’t. If you need to take an image and there is no easy way to get a good shot, give the flash a try.

Another option is to invest in external artificial lighting. I advise getting a portable LED panel. These are not expensive and will work wonders. You can find options in the link below.

Low-light photography isn’t simple to master, especially if you are using a smartphone. Trying to get the right shot in a dark environment can often lead to a series of failed attempts, ending in frustration. Images turn out too dark or very noisy. Motion blur is another issue, as smartphone cameras tend to lengthen shutter speed to expose images under unfavorable lighting conditions better.

Don’t give up on low-light photography just yet! You can do a few things to get better shots in the dark. Today we are here to give you some low-light photography tips to put you in control of the situation and get better results.

Take advantage of Night Mode
This special low-light photography mode goes by different names, depending on your smartphone manufacturer. Google calls it Night Sight, Samsung names it Bright Night, Huawei refers to it as Night Mode, and OnePlus titles it Nightscape.

How do you fix poor lighting in a picture?

7 Tips for How to Fix Bad Lighting

  1. Fill Flash. Adding an external light source can bring a photo to life when the light is flat and dull. …
  2. Use Reflected Light. …
  3. Move Your Subject. …
  4. Compose Creatively. …
  5. Think Black and White. …
  6. Filter. …
  7. Post-Process

Edit your photos

Shooting an image is usually half the battle. Editing is just as important, especially when you want low-light photography to look as good as possible. Options are vast, but we have a list of our favorite photo editor apps.

Each app works differently, so we can’t give you step-by-step instructions, but we can lead you in the right direction. Look for the settings that control exposure, lighting, or brightness.
Most cameras have a hard time measuring white balance and color in the dark, so look for those settings too. You can learn about white balance in our dedicated tutorial.

Many low-light photos require a high ISO setting and therefore have more noise. In addition, editing the image will affect the quality (especially if you are using a jpeg file). Most apps have a way to soften an image and reduce noise. The setting is usually labeled “noise reduction,” “luminance noise,” “color noise,” or something similar.

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