iOS 15 will finally allow us to disable the iPhone’s night mode and keep it completely off. Good news for photographers who want to take certain photos at night.
While it is true that the iPhone stands out for having a spectacular camera thanks in part to its processing, there are more than a few who complain about the lack of versatility that the camera app offers. However, we echo news in some countries that will delight some photographers: we can turn off the night mode.
The night mode or Night Shift of the iPhone is a mode that allows you to collect a lot of light in scenarios with adverse lighting conditions. The problem is that this mode appears automatically when the iPhone detects that the light on location is bad. And on paper it’s fine, but on occasion, this is a bad thing.
iOS 15, the new operating system version that will arrive with the iPhone 13 presumably in September, will allow us to turn off the night mode completely. This will benefit photographers who want to take certain shots in specific lighting conditions.
We will be able to turn off night mode
When the iPhone’s Night Shift mode is turned on, which is done automatically, what the camera does is mix computational photography with what is known as a ‘long exposure’. This photographic technique involves keeping the camera sensor collecting light for a long time, to collect as much light as possible so that the photo is correctly exposed.
In photography, this technique is triggered by the shutter time, a value that allows us to determine how much time the sensor spends gathering light before taking the picture. The idea is to set enough time for the sensor to collect as much light as possible to get a good exposure. In other words, the photo should have a good light balance.
The problem with this technique is that it requires the sensor to be as still as possible. If we move the camera when taking a long exposure, it will come out shaky or blurred. All objects that move in front of the sensor will also be blurred. This is often used to generate light beams in photographs, with very powerful effects. This can be solved with a sturdy tripod.
Night Shift mode basically does this. In fact, when the night mode detects that our camera is in a difficult lighting situation, a counter appears at the top telling us how much exposure time the photo will take.
This is not the most convenient on a smartphone that we will more than likely be held with our hands and thus our pulse. Moreover, sometimes even photos with this mode can go wrong, especially if we want to control the exposure well.
The night mode of the iPhone can achieve fascinating results, but for certain situations, it can be quite a nuisance. If we want to take photos with contrasting lights, take pictures of a certain point to highlight it or generally get a certain dark photograph. And yes, it can be disabled, but we have to turn it off every time we go to take a photo.
iOS 15 already allows you to change this. In the iPhone Settings app, we can go to the Camera app, and we can tap on Keep settings. We activate Night Mode and that’s it. So, when we activate or deactivate the night mode, it will stay off or on as we want.