Weekly Mobile Photography Challenge #16: Night

  1. dsmonteiro
    Community Consultant Staff Member Nov 21, 2019

    dsmonteiro , Nov 21, 2019 :

    Hey everyone,

    For this week, we'll have a very broad topic that will allow you to explore your creativity to the fullest – Night photography. Night photography brings a challenge - less light will reach your sensor, so you'll have to adjust accordingly. But, as you can see in the image below from @Bouncer71, the results can be astonishing.

    A few basic tips:
    • Use a tripod, even if a makeshift one. Having the phone fully still will reduce blur and allow you for longer exposures.
    • Use a timer. When you press the shutter button, you introduce movement and potentially blur. By using the timer option, you increase your chances of a great picture.
    • This is also a great chance for you to try OnePlus camera's Pro Mode. By doing so, you can play with the ISO and shutter speed values to find the best balance and therefore get clearer and richer photos.
    • If Pro Mode is too much of a hassle, try Nightscape. It can help you increase contrast and get details that otherwise wouldn't be visible.

    To make the challenge, well, more challenging, try to share pictures taken this week, rather than directly from the gallery. The idea behind this series is to invite you to go out and take new, amazing shots. And remember, it’s all about mobile photos.

    The best 10 photos will be awarded 100 raffle points that can be used to enter raffles. You can read more about it here.

    Challenge Rules:
    - All photos should be taken with a smartphone, regardless of brand. Some weekly challenges may be specific to some OnePlus models, but the thread will be clear about it.
    - The photo should match the challenge's topic. Non-related pictured are not eligible to win.
    - Any photo shared by you should be your own. Any kind of cheating will result in disqualification in the present and any future challenges.
    - Each user can post up to 5 different photos each week.
    - While the photos are still yours, you allow OnePlus to use your photos for promotion purposes.

  2. Bouncer71
    OnePlus 7 Pro Sample Shot Photographer Community Expert Nov 21, 2019

    Bouncer71 , Nov 21, 2019 :
    Hello fellow Photomaniacs,
    thanks @dsmonteiro for choosing my photo. :D

    It was shot after the Cologne Photowalk with @cdnfarmer, @woSch and @otto2, while I still had some time to get my train back home...

    If you're not that experienced with Pro-Mode this short tip will help you go from Auto to Pro fairly easy...

    We will start with a Nightshot (NightScape)
    OP7Pro, ISO 6400, 1/10 Second exposure

    A bit bright, lots of postprocessing, but for an automatic single shot actually pretty good..
    For my taste a little bit over the top... ;)

    How to achieve similar or better results in Pro-Mode at lower ISO...?
    Well, duh...
    The exposure needs to be longer you say...?
    But just how long exactly...?
    That's when an exposure calculator can come in handy like this one..


    To get the Exif open the photo in the gallery, tap the 3 Dots in the upper right and select Details...


    Since the aperture won't change we just set ISO to the preferred value

    Now go to Pro-Mode set the calculated values...
    ISO to 100 and shutter speed to 6 seconds...
    et voilà...
    We get the title pic

    Plus a Raw file with even more editing possibilities if you don't forget to set the option like I did that evening... ;)

    So now have fun exploring the night and show us your awesome photos... :D
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2019

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