The latest crop of smartphones all feature incredible low-light photography modes that can capture things that were unthinkable just one twelvemonth ago. Case in signal: Zach Honig, Editor-at-Large of
The Points Guy, recently captured the Northern Lights in Coldfoot, AK using just an iPhone 11 Pro Max… handheld!
Honig shared his experience on his pop travel blog, where he also shared some tips for anyone else who wants to photograph the Northern Lights with a smartphone—whether that’s a Pixel 4 or any of the iPhone eleven models.
Honig shares 5 tips in all:
- Consider your composition and put something int he foreground
- Ensure proper focus by using a flashlight to light the foreground while focusing
- Ostend that nighttime mode is agile (iPhone only)
- Capture plenty of frames, since the aurora changes apace
- Review your work every few shots to ensure that y’all’re happy with focus, exposure and other details.
By following these bones tips, Honig was able to capture this photograph—a iii-second handheld exposure shot with the iPhone 11 Pro Max:
After a bit of processing, he wound upwards hither:
Funny affair is, Honig tells
that he actually took a tripod and a “amend” camera. But in the stop, he preferred the results from his smartphone.
“Every bit information technology turns out, I overpacked a bit for my trip to see the Northern Lights, bringing along a tripod, smartphone adapter and a Sony RX100 VII,” says Honig. “My all-time shots ended up coming from the iPhone 11 Pro Max, using the native app and iii-2nd Dark Mode exposures.”
“Since Night Style appeared automatically, most of the time it was as simple equally pointing the camera at the sky and tapping the shutter button,” he continues, “though I did need to use a flashlight to illuminate an object and assistance the iPhone focus for a few of the shots.”
To read all about this feel or find out how Honig candy the image, head over to
The Points Guy
for the full story. And if you’re using one of the latest Samsung, Apple, Huawei, or Google phones and have captured some amazing Aurora or astrophotography of your own, drop information technology in the comments.
Image credits: Photo by Zach Honig/The Points Guy and used with permission.