Diwali is just around the corner and many of us will be busy decorating our homes, wearing our best clothes, and taking lots of pictures with our family and friends. Of course, the only camera feature you’re likely to use when capturing these images at Diwali parties and celebrations is now part of most smartphone cameras, including budget-friendly options. Night mode.
Night Mode allows you to capture bright and clear images even at night or in low-light conditions, making this feature ideal for occasions like Diwali. But how does Night Mode work on phones and why is this feature better in low-light scenarios? Find out more in Tech Today.
What is night mode?
This is a dedicated image capture setting found in most modern smartphones. Night mode has improved a lot over the years. Brands may insist on a different approach and implementation of the feature, but the larger operation of the low-light shooting mode remains the same. The main missing factor for dark photos is light. Poor lighting adds noise to images, dulls color vibrancy, and reduces the overall appeal of most images. The main function of night mode in such scenarios is to add light to the image and enhance all the above factors to make low-light images easier on the eyes.
Take Better Photos with Night Mode
Night mode can help you take better photos in low light, but to get the most out of them, you should pay attention to a few factors. . The first of these is stability. The more stable your phone is when clicking images, the better the alignment of multiple exposure shots and the more detail in the final image.
So make sure you are still when shooting in night mode. Your subject will also benefit from staying still
Some night mode options will display a timer option (up to 2-3 seconds) and you will need to remain still while the timer is on. This is the time it takes for the camera to capture and process an image. Duration depends on the light present when the photo was taken.
Another aspect to consider is the available light. Shooting from the right angle will make the most of the available light. This can be achieved by placing the camera in the direction of the light source so that both the camera and the light source are looking at the subject and all three are not in line. Note that we don’t want the subject to have unwanted shadows.
After all, even in night mode, you need some light to take a picture. Most premium smartphone cameras can take stunning low-light photos, even with minimal or distant light sources. But since there is no light at all, the camera cannot record anything.
How does Night Mode work?
There are two ways to let in more light. Either make the sensor bigger to let in more light or keep the shutter open longer. The sensor size is something you can’t really change on your phone, but you can control the shutter speed via software.
Increase Image Quality
Leaving the shutter open longer lets in more light, but can also disrupt the dynamics of the image. There is a risk that the colors of the main subject will be washed out and the dark areas will look strangely unnatural. What matters is a term called exposure, or the amount of light that hits the camera sensor to define the image.
Night Mode Feature
With night mode (or another name for low-light compensation), the camera takes multiple shots in quick succession at different exposure levels, rather than changing the parameters of a single shot.
Artificial intelligence algorithms allow most cameras with a Night Mode to understand how dark a setting is and take more or fewer shots at various exposure levels accordingly.
Stitching the shots together
These multiple images are then stitched together using a technique called bracketing
Light Makes Images Brighter Then You Think
While combining these images, the lower exposure shots help give the image its colors and details, while the light data from the higher exposure shots facilitates this with brightness.
Modern Smart Phones Have Already These Features
Modern smartphone cameras offer Night Mode or its equivalent features at the touch of a button and the feature does all this – detecting subjects and settings, shooting multiple images, and intelligently stitching them together – usually in under a second, with the process being particularly faster in flagship devices.
This results in a slight delay between you clicking a Night Mode photo on most phones and you actually getting the final image, something that is more noticeable in entry-level and mid-range phones. However, taking photos in night mode is always slower than normal photos, but the difference is small on newer phones.
Night mode is not the same for all phones Just because a
the phone has a night mode does not always guarantee good pictures in low light. Other factors like processing power, sensor size and quality, lens quality, and of course photography technology all work together to get great low-light shots. Additionally, night mode implementations vary by brand, as do results.
For example, the “Night Sight” feature on Google Pixel devices is considered one of the best implementations of this feature. The same applies to other premium phones such as iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, OnePlus 10 Pro, and Vivo X80 Pro. On these phones, the camera hardware and software ensure that night mode delivers excellent results regardless of light conditions.
Night mode is also present on mid-range and budget phones and does not always give optimal results. This is because the device’s sensors, processor, etc. also make a difference. but it brightens the photo.