I'll walk you through a scene. (you can probably relate!)
It's nighttime.. you're all dressed up (at least with pants that have a zipper) and you want to take a photo to remember the good time you're having. Your 'studio' (aka the restaurant/club/house) is dimly lit and all you have are phones to capture it by.
What do you do?
Option 1: take the photo with no flash and pray
Option 2: take the photo with the flash on your phone and pray
Option 3: take the photo using a model light (or two or three!) and get an amazing portrait every time
Next time, try Option 3! Here's how and why...
how to do it
you need at least 2 phones and 2 hands
One phone to act as the 'model light' (meaning a light that is consistently ON to take a portrait) and one phone to take the picture.
- turn the flashlight ON one of the phones. turn the flash OFF of the phone acting as the camera.
- stand 2-4 feet away from the subject(s)
- hold the flashlight phone 1-2 feet above your subject and angle down about 45 degrees
- take the photo with the other phone (with flash OFF)
shooting a group?
No problem! Recruit someone with another phone flashlight on the other side to add more light. Easy!
This works with anything you're trying to take a picture of in a dimly lit place... like food, a centerpiece at a wedding reception, whatever!
Experiment with it and have fun.
Hope you find this a useful pro tip!