Take Photos In a Dark Environment


To capture the best-lit photos possible, you need to understand how to adjust your camera settings. When you’re shooting in low-light conditions, there are several ways you can adjust your camera’s settings to get a brighter photo. You can change your ISO setting, slow down your shutter speed, use a tripod or other camera support and even find some ambient light sources — all of which will help improve image quality!

Change your ISO setting

If you’re in a dark environment and want to take photos, you should change your camera’s ISO setting.

What is ISO?

The ISO setting of a camera determines how sensitive it is to light. The lower the number, the less sensitive a camera is; the higher the number, the more sensitive it becomes. For example, if an image taken at 100 ISO looks too bright or noisy (grainy), you can increase this setting to 400 or 800 for better results.

Slow down your shutter speed

To capture more light, slow down your shutter speed. A slower shutter speed will allow more light to hit the sensor of your camera. If a fast-moving subject is moving too quickly for you to freeze it with only a few frames per second, try slowing down your shutter speed so that you can shoot at least one or two photographs without any blurring.

How much do I need?

The longer the exposure time (i.e., how long it takes for the shutter to open and close), the more light will come through into the lens of your camera: in other words, if you have enough light on hand but just want more shots per second because of motion blur in low light conditions like rain or foggy weather – then this might be an option worth considering!

Use a tripod or other camera support

You can use a tripod to get sharp photos in the dark. There are many different kinds of tripods, from small tabletop models to full-size studio rigs. It’s best to use the type of tripod that works best for your specific camera and lens setup. For example, if you’re using a DSLR or mirrorless camera with a heavy zoom lens (or two), then you’ll want to use something that supports it more securely than a cell phone tripod might. If you’re using just one prime lens on an SLR or mirrorless body without any other accessories like filters, gimbals, or teleconverters—and especially if it’s not very heavy—then any small tabletop or pocket-sized unit will probably do fine as well. Whatever kind of support device you choose:

  • Avoid plastic mountings whenever possible; they’re less stable than metal ones because they don’t have as much tensile strength
  • Be careful when removing your camera from its mounted position (especially if using carbon fiber) because there may be residual tension in some parts which could cause damage when released suddenly

Use flash photography in low-light situations

Flash photography is a great tool to use in low-light situations. It can illuminate your photos and give them a more professional look. For example, if you are taking photos of people or objects, using flash will allow you to capture all of the important details of your subject without having to worry about darkness or shadows creeping into the background. If you’re taking landscape shots, the flash will allow you to capture an image that doesn’t look washed out or overexposed and show what’s underneath all those clouds!

Use flash photography when:

  • You’re photographing people or objects
  • Taking photos of buildings or landscapes

Find some ambient light sources

If you’re shooting in a dark environment, no matter how much light you bring with you to illuminate your subject, it’s likely that some areas will still be completely dark. The trick is to find a way for those areas to still be visible—and the easiest way is by adding ambient light sources.

Here are some of the best ways to do so:

  • Light up an area with a flashlight (or several flashlights)
  • Use candles or lighter fluid as lighting sources
  • Use smartphone lights and phone apps like Light & Shade (iOS) or Night Mode (Android)
  • Place your phone inside an empty plastic bottle so that its screen acts as a diffuser for the LED flash feature

Use a photo editing app to bump up the brightness of your image and add some contrast, too

A simple way to get a better-looking picture is to bump up the brightness of your image and add some contrast, too.

In [your photo editing app of choice], go to Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast. Set both sliders all the way up (to +100) for added brightness and contrast respectively.

different ways to take photos in a dark environment

If you’re going to take photos in low-light conditions, it’s best to have good camera support with you. Tripods and monopods are your best bets, but even some of the smaller handgrips can help steady your shot. By using a tripod or other camera support, you’ll be able to keep your images sharp and well-lit without having to worry about blurry photos or unwanted motion blur in dark environments.

There are many ways that people use flash photography when taking pictures indoors or at nighttime events. For example:

  • Using an external flash unit attached directly on top of your camera lens (if this is possible) will guarantee great lighting for both still subjects and moving subjects when you change angles quickly during the shoot; even if there isn’t enough natural light available from the ceiling lamps inside where the event may be happening! Just make sure not too close since this could cause unwanted reflections on objects around them (especially glass) which might create unwanted glare spots on on-screen display screens like smartphones/tablets etcetera…
  • Another option would be using an off-camera flash cord connected between two different areas inside where everyone needs better lighting coverage than what’s currently being produced by overhead lights only…


The best way to take photos in a dark environment is to buy a good camera, but that’s not always possible. If you are stuck with an average smartphone and low-light situations then these tips should help you get better results.