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Level up your night photography game

IN the age of smartphones, photography has become more accessible than ever before. While daytime photography is relatively straightforward, capturing stunning night scenes with a mobile phone can be a challenging yet rewarding endeavor.

With the right techniques and a few key tips, you can take your night photography skills to the next level.

One such device, the Samsung Galaxy A14 5G, stands out among the company’s affordable smartphone lineup. It boasts a 50-megapixel main camera, complete with an f/1.8 aperture lens and PDAF (phase detection autofocus). Complementing this impressive main shooter are a 2-megapixel f/2.4 macro lens and a 2-megapixel f/2.4 depth sensor, creating a versatile photography setup.

The Galaxy A14 5G has garnered praise for delivering exceptional value at a modest price point of just P12,990. Its robust hardware and camera capabilities make it a compelling choice for budget-conscious consumers. However, when it comes to capturing the magic of night or low-light scenes, there are ways to further enhance the camera performance of the Galaxy A14 5G.

Samsung Galaxy A14 5G takes pride in its 50-megapixel main camera perfect for night pohotography

Take photos in night mode

Utilize the Night Mode feature to improve your low-light photos. You can access it via the Galaxy A14 5G’s camera app by tapping More in the selection of camera modes.

By using Night Mode, the camera’s dynamic range is improved, so highlights don’t get blown out. This makes night photo scenes with light sources (such as street lamps or building lights) look more balanced or visible. Night Mode also improves the overall sharpness of your night photos.

Take photos in pro mode

Use the camera’s Pro Mode so you can take more control of your night photos. You can activate this mode the same way as the Night Mode. It allows you to control the camera’s ISO, exposure compensation, and white balance.

The three settings give you finer control of how your night photos will look, allowing you to be more creative with taking photos.

Adjusting the ISO lets you choose whether to brighten the scene or tame the highlights, while white balance allows you to adjust the tone or temperature of your photo.

Lastly, as its name suggests, exposure compensation lets you increase or decrease the camera’s overall exposure by several steps, giving you one last layer of adjustment to get your perfect night photo.

Use a tripod/gimbal

To complement the Night Mode, Pro Mode, or even the standard shooting mode of the Galaxy A14 5G’s camera, you can use either a smartphone-compatible tripod or gimbal to keep the device steady for shots that require lower shutter speeds, which is typical of night photos.

A gimbal is great for keeping the camera steady for shutter speed lengths of several seconds while also being relatively easy to carry around. A gimbal can also be used for shooting videos, so you’ll get a lot of use out of one besides taking better night photos.

Tripods are best for shots that require you to keep the camera still for an extended period of time. There are several options available, from a small tabletop tripod to a larger one that can also be used for larger cameras.

The Galaxy A14 5G is currently available through Smart Signature Plan 599 and above. When you select the Samsung Galaxy A14 5G with Smart Signature Plan 599, you only need to cash out P7,200 or pay only P200/month for 23 months with a downpayment of only P2,600.

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