With the Google Nexus 6 p, and more recently with the Pixel range, Google has demonstrated expertise in photography on mobile. The latest work of a Googling, show real progress in the field of night photography. Besides, it is already possible to achieve impressive shots of the night Demonstration.
With its Pixel, Google already showed us that it was possible to significantly improve the quality of the photographs without changing of photo sensor (Sony IMX378 found on the s Xiaomi Mi 5). In terms of photography, the Pixel have nothing to envy to the S8 Galaxy and iPhone 7. Google smartphones are excellent photos, especially when HDR + is mode.
One of the engineers behind the development of Google working precisely on an application dedicated to night photography. The idea is to facilitate access to the manual control over exposure, focus distance and the sensitivity of the digital sensors compared to the light (ISO). The software can then create up to 64 images at once, and then assemble them. It is a technique widely used in photography, as you’ll see next.
Capture in RAW
Need you, foremost, a smartphone capable of photos in RAW. It is a file format for digital images, without real cuts. You have access to more information to edit your photographs. Still know that you can get very good results with JPEGs, but you’ll have to multiply clicks to assemble in order to have enough information to deal with.
An important opening
Prefer smartphones to cameras with a wide open (f/1.7 to f/2.2). Simply to get more light in the sensor.
Download a dedicated application
You will need a dedicated application, we recommend that you Camera FV-5. The latter supports RAW format, and allows you to manually change a number of settings, like exposure time and ISO. The paid version for Android is very complete, it offers advanced levels of control similar to a DSLR. It is the only application that allows to reach long exposure times, up to 64 seconds.
Camera Lite FV-5
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Use the manual focus
The focus is sometimes a little frustrating for astrophotography. Use the manual focus instead of auto focus. Orient here on infinity.
Stabilize your smartphone
Use an accessory to stabilize your smartphone. Our best advice is to use a tripod, there are small, but you can still use elements of your environment to stabilize your smartphone. Personally, I use regular items of street furniture, such as a wall for example.