How to Improve Low-Light Photography in Android Phone

Now a Days Image quality for smartphone cameras has become a major focus with manufacturers. Every year the camera sensors have increasingly better specs to satiate consumer demands. But also smartphone cameras have some significant limitations.

How to Improve Low-Light Photography in Android Phone
How to Improve Low-Light Photography in Android Phone

Zooming with a smartphone is what is known as a digital zoom. Refrain from zooming at all costs. Seriously, just don’t do it. Smartphone cameras lack an optical zoom, which is when the lens physically moves in order to magnify your shot. This is when the camera sensor crops a section of the photograph and then enlarges it. The result is a significant loss in quality. If you find that you are too far away from your subject, resist the temptation to pinch the screen to zoom in. Instead, start moving your feet and get in closer to the action.

Smartphone with zoom image

Flash is harsh light that makes people look like red-eyed albinos, not to mention it’s only good from about twenty feet away. Shooting a subject with the flash will almost always guarantee that something other than your subject will be in focus, while everything else is a blur.

The only time you should be using your phone’s built-in flash is in daylight. It may seem counter-intuitive, but trust us. If it’s a sunny day outside, and the sun is behind your subject, you’ll end up with a subject obscured by shadows. Turning on your flash in this situation can help to eliminate those shadows. In all other shooting situations natural light are more preferable.

In low or no light situations, the absence of natural light is a problem. One way to remedy this is to use a flashlight or headlamp to provide artificial illumination.

Shooting in low light often means that the shutter of your Camera has to stay stable for a longer period of time. This increases the exposure so that more light can be let into the lens. The problem is that the longer the shutter is open, the more susceptible it is to movement. This is why photos taken in low light are often blurry sometime. There is one simple way to combat this without jumping into confusing manual settings dependence your phone onto something dense.

Smartphone Tripod for stability

No matter how always you think your hands are, your camera will pick up the slightest vibrations, producing an amateurish image. To ensure the sharpest pictures possible, your smartphone needs to remain in a fixed position. There are tripods on the market made specifically for smartphones as well as smartphone mounts for existing tripods. However, if the prospect of lugging around equipment isn’t appealing, find a table, a stack of books, anything to keep that phone stable.

Lighting conditions ultimately determine the hue and color of your theme. The human body does a good job determining accurate colors regardless of the lighting situation. Digital cameras, your smartphone included do not. This is why colors can look distorted in low-light conditions: the camera doesn’t know what color the object should be. Instead the camera makes its best guess based on the light reflecting off the object. Luckily, you can tinker with the white balance in order to get things looking like they should.

In the manual camera settings of your phone you will find the white balance. Here you will find a variety of choices including incandescent, fluorescent, flash, sunny, cloudy, and more. If your phone is really fancy, you might even have the option to manually set your own white levels. Now a days most will only have the pre-configured options available.

The names given to these choices reflect the different lighting conditions you’re likely to shoot in. Incandescent for traditional light bulbs, cloudy when it’s cloudy, flash when using flash, and so on. Try each one to determine which is best for your composition.

Even professional photographers edit their images after they have taken them. Their techniques may be little more complicated than simply applying an Instagram filter, but the desired effect is essentially the same.

Digital photography often produces image "Noise" unwanted artifacts that compromise the quality of your image. Run your photo through some basic editing tools before you hit the Delete button and you may be able to save your shot.