Apple has officially introduced four iPhone 4 models and they come with a slew of impressive photography features. It’s fun to snap away with both the front- and rear-facing cameras. Among the exciting new features is the night selfie mode and for long-time iPhone users, it’s a real game-changer. Taking a night self-photo is easy to do on iPhone 12, but you might be wondering how to do it properly. Compared to the earlier model, the front-facing camera has a 12MP sensor and it’s essentially similar to the 12MP ultra-wide sensor on the back. With its f/2.2 aperture, the sensor should be somewhat faster, which is useful because night shots can be quite difficult to take. This means the iPhone 12 should have better night mode functionality with the front-facing sensor.
When taking selfies with the front-facing camera, results should be quite good. If the front-facing Retina flash is enabled, low-light photographs shouldn’t look washed out or grainy. The new ability to take low light photos in portrait orientation is probably the best new feature that we get from the selfie camera of the iPhone 12. Photos should be sharp enough and the camera is able to define the individual hair strand. When the background is blurred, it shouldn’t become a foggy mess. Here are things you should do
Launch the camera app
Enable the front-facing camera. Look for a button with two arrows that form a circle to enable the front-facing camera
Turn off the flash. Turn it off by tapping the yellow flash icon located in the top-left corner
Enable the Night Mode feature. Do this by tapping the crescent moon icon located above the viewfinder. The Night Mode automatically engages and gives you better result if the ambient light is low. The crescent moon icon should turn yellow. The iPhone 12 will sense if there’s too much ambient light and the Night Mode will be automatically disabled. Alternatively, you can adjust the exposure time, if you manually enable the Night Mode. If Night Mode is automatically engaged, its exposure time will be to maximum. Even so, you can still override it and readjust it. Just tap the moon icon.
Tap and hold the shutter button when taking the photo. Wait until the exposure time is completed and your night mode selfie photo is taken.
If you want to take selfie photo with a tripod or other fairly stable platforms, you could use the gyroscope to get better result. However, the exposure time will be longer than usual. You can still take better shots, although there’s very low ambient light. If you hold the iPhone 12 with your hand when taking Night Mode selfie shot, the delay should be between 1 and 3 seconds. There’s also a manual setting that extend the delay to 10 seconds. With a tripod, the combination of delay and exposure time can reach up to 30 seconds, when the Night Mode feature is enabled. If you don’t really like the result, look at the bottom of the viewfinder to extend the capture time and adjust the exposure. Be aware that when you take selfies with Night Mode enabled with the iPhone 12, it usually looks more natural and brighter on the phone’s display. That’s because the display uses OLED technology, Super Retina XDR and higher contrast ratio.
Compared to the iPhone 11, the new iPhone model captures more light and has a faster aperture. It means you should get brighter and clearer snaps for night mode. Also, the night mode has time-lapse capabilities on the dual-camera systems of the basic iPhone 12 and the smaller iPhone 12 Mini. This also applies to the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max, with their triple camera system. This means the iPhone 12 is an all-around better solution for night photography. If you love to take pictures and record videos, there are many photography features that you can try with the iPhone 12. There are also third-party photo editors that you can use with the iPhone 12.