How to take the best night shots with your iPhone

All the drama of the night before 2016 as seen through the iPhone 6s Plus

The camera puts the eye in iPhone, if you catch our drift.

It has proven to be one of the most reliable around, consistently turning out accurate digital depictions of the scenes before you.

That’s easy when you’re taking photos in bright light, but what about when it comes to low light scenes? That’s what a few intrepid iPhone-tographers seeked to find out on the most awake night of the year when the clock struck 12, and 2015 spilled into 2016 confetti, fireworks, and hopes trailing in its wake.

Here are their best shots from the iPhone 6s Plus. And of course, their tips on how to land that perfect night time memory. 

Focus on the right subject

"Keep the camera steady, and ensure you adjust exposure levels - you don’t want to over expose the shot and overpower the coloured lights in the foreground. Tap and set focus on the main subject in the foreground, and adjust accordingly."

Aik Beng Chia on shooting this rider and his psychedelic bicycle in the neighbourhood.

Steady as she goes

"Find a good light source, well-lit area, or interesting object(s) to shoot. Make sure you have a tripod with you when doing night shots. If not, a steady hand will do or be creative and improvise.

Love bokeh? Lock the focus on a nearer object first and adjust the brightness cursor to your liking, and click away."

Yudhi Aristan on this dramatic shot in downtown Hong Kong.

Make something out of nothing

"Look around your surroundings for interesting subject matter to photograph. Most times there are whole loads of fun stuff to shoot just next to us!"

Case in point? This Instagram video of homemade "fireworks" was shot by Ernest Goh with Christmas fairy lights and "some drinks to aid the unfocused scene"  


Frame to your advantage

"Sometimes when there are tons of hands or bodies blocking a particular view, utilise that to your advantage! I tried instead to frame the fireworks with someone's silhouette and manage to get one with the hands. The iPhone 6s Plus handled the lighting excellently!"

Wu Swee Ong on this lucky shot of the fireworks from the Waterfront Promenade.

Motion blur can be a good thing

"To create the motion blur effect of your subjects, shoot in low light so that your iPhone’s camera uses a slower shutter speed. Try shooting indoors, in shaded areas, at night, or any other situation where there isn’t that much light in the scene. When shooting in low light with slower shutters speeds, make sure you keep the camera very still."

Ivan Kuek and his hazy memory of his friends on NYE night at Incognito Bar.