iphone night photography can be tricky

When I finally ditched my DSLR in favour of an iPhone as my only camera in 2013, I was well aware that decent night photos with an iPhone were basically impossible. At that time iPhone photos taken at night were badly exposed and usually very noisy. I struggled through different ways and approaches to get better photos with my iPhone at night. 

The first iPhone night photos I took in 2012 were badly exposed and lacked detail. The iPhone camera and editing apps got better and better and so did photos taken with the iPhone at night. Here are four sample iPhone night photos I took between 2012 and 2016. For some of them I even used an iPhone wide angle lens.

 
 

Gear needed for iPhone Night Photography

To get good shots with an iPhone at night I strongly recommend to invest at least in a tripod. Basically any tripod and iPhone tripod mount will work. I prefer to use either the lightweight AmazonBasics Travel Tripod or the Joby Griptight Gorillapod.

A remote shutter release like the MukuShuttr or even your Apple Watch are optional, but make things a little more convenient and help you to avoid even the slightest camera shake and blurry photos.

Here are the reviews of the tripods and the remote shutter I currently use for my iPhone night photography.

 

Apps for iPhone Night Photography

As for the apps, I recommend two apps for iPhone night and low light photography. Which one you use depends on the scene you want to shoot.

iPhone Camera Apps for Night Photography

If you're shooting static sceneries like land- or cityscapes at night, use ProCamera and one of the low light modes. If you want to capture motion like the light trails of cars at night or a spinning ferris wheel, turn to Slow Shutter Cam App.

Still, both approaches may require some post processing like minimal denonising or black point adjustments.

ProCamera Low Light Modes is ideal for static scenes at night

ProCamera Low Light Modes is ideal for static scenes at night

Slow Shutter Cam App is the perfect choice for capturing motion at night

Slow Shutter Cam App is the perfect choice for capturing motion at night

 

iPhone Night Photography Tutorials and Destinations

I've documented my various nightly photo sessions I did in London, Bucharest, Sofia, Prague and Tirana in my blog  describing how I shot and post processed each shot.