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Any guidance to Filming and taking photos in the dark? Answered

Hey everyone !
I have been using my galaxy S3 for my Instructables photos and I keep running into a problem. When I am able to pour some good light on it, I can take some really nice photo's. but as soon as a try to take a picture of any of my Led projects (in the dark) the quality goes out the window! (I assume because it can't focus in the dark?) I included two of the good photos as a comparison the the Disco ball.

**I still need to be able to take shots in the dark, to highlight the Led's / project lighting**
Any thoughts on how I could Improve both photos and vid? (Preferably with my cell)
I've tried with and without flash, different angles and even focused it with the lights on before turning them off to take the photo. 
https://www.instructables.com/id/Simple-20-Disco-ball-with-lights-/
Hopefully someone can offer me some guidance; These Pics really don't look nice >.<

(Best answer given in about a week !)

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mpilchfamily
mpilchfamily

Best Answer 6 years ago

Photographing lights in the dark is a tricky thing to get right and requires a camera where you have more control over things exposure time. Longer exposure times are needed to get better images in the dark. Using a cell hone camera isn't going to cut it. If you need better pics and vids then you need a better camera.

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Wired_Mist
Wired_Mist

Answer 6 years ago

After some fussing around I found the exposure settings on my cell. Defenitly helped Crisp things up ! I'll post a new vid later but thnz for the hint :P

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iceng
iceng

6 years ago

I use an iPhone and GoPro with dimming room lights.

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JM1999
JM1999

6 years ago

I am unsure on how to do it but I used a very soft background lighting and took a photo from about 1m when doing my Pyrotechnic Kusudama.

It worked out alright but not as good as I would have liked.

So the method I used:

Soft dim lighting

1m distance (or more) remembering you can always crop out unwanteds later :)

Hope this helps!