iPhone Night Photography in Tirana, Albania

During my trip to Tirana, the capital of Albania, in June I tested the ExoLens and experimented with the ProCamera HDR LowLight mode. There are plenty of nicely illuminated places near the city center like Tanner's bridge, the national historical museum, and the Et'hem Bey Mosque.

So this photo walk was basically the fifth in a series of experiments with different approaches to iPhone night photography after Prague, London, Sofia, Bucharest and London again.

I've already written a post how much I like the ProCamera Low Light modes. Those modes in ProCamera help me to create great photos at night. But there's more! Using the Low Light HDR mode you can get great shots of e.g. buildings that are not evenly lit.

To use the Low Light HDR, you need to purchase both HDR and Low Light modes via a small in-app purchase. But the Low Light HDR mode may be tricky to find. It's not somewhere hidden in the Low Light modes. First, switch to HDR mode and then tap settings and then tap HDR mode a few times to enable the Low Light HDR mode.

How to enable HDR Low Light Mode in ProCamera

How to enable HDR Low Light Mode in ProCamera

Here's Tanner's bridge taken with ProCamera Low Light HDR mode and processed with Enlight. I took the shot with the iPhone 6S plus, ProCamera with Low Light HDR, the Amazon Basics Tripod and the ExoLens of course.

Tanner's Bridge in Tirana, Albania, taken with iPhone 6s plus, ProCamera in Low Light HDR mode, ExoLens

Tanner's Bridge in Tirana, Albania, taken with iPhone 6s plus, ProCamera in Low Light HDR mode, ExoLens

Don't try it handheld (unless you have a very calm hand). In in this mode ProCamera takes several shots and tone-maps them. I definitely recommend to use a tripod for such shots and even a remote shutter release like Muku Shuttr or your Apple Watch. ProCamera comes with a remote shutter app for your  wrist!

And this is the nightly mosque near Skandaberg square in Tirana, Albania.

Et'hem Bey Mosque at night taken with iPhone 6s plus, ProCamera Low Light HDR mode and ExoLens

Et'hem Bey Mosque at night taken with iPhone 6s plus, ProCamera Low Light HDR mode and ExoLens

I've summarized all the apps and gear I use for iPhone night photography on a dedicated page about, well, iPhone night photography for your convenience.