How to shoot night mode photos on your iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max

How to shoot night mode photos on your iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max
Among the new features that graced the iPhone 11 series is the Night Mode inside the camera app. As we mentioned in our full review of the new iPhones, which is available right here, Apple is the last one to the game with Night Mode, but after using it for a while, we can say that it gets the complexity out of the way. .


While on other phones you have to remember to turn on Night Mode, switch to a different mode and wait for quite a long time for a photo to be captured, here, it's all automatic and quicker than most of the Android rivals.


You have the option to customize Night Mode (select a longer exposure) and if you place the phone on a tripod, it will understand that and take an even longer exposure of up to 30 seconds, so you can even do astrophotography on your new iPhone

So, how do you enable that night mode we speak of, and what's the big deal about it?

How to enable night mode on the iPhone 11 series?


As we said, enabling night mode on the new iPhones is incredibly easy.

First of all, you have to know that you can't force-enable the iPhones' night mode in the incorrect ambient lighting conditions. For example, you can't use night mode in bright sunny-day conditions, which most Android phones can do.

To utilize the new dark mode on the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max, you need to be in the dark, literally speaking. You can only use night mode when the iPhone decides the conditions are right.

Once the iPhone detects that it could use some extra exposure, an orange icon will pop up at the top bar of the interface.


You can take the picture right now, and it would most certainly turn out great, but if you want to get even better results, you can manually crank up the exposure timer near the camera shutter to shoot even longer. In most scenarios, exposure times up to 4s are most prevalent. As we mentioned, however, putting the phone on a tripod or placing it somewhere stable would unlock even longer shutter times for night photography.



How to disable night mode on the iPhone 11 series?


Of course, if you for some reason want to disable night mode in order to take more artistic shots, you can do that by toning the night mode exposure timer to OFF. This will take a regular photo. Have in mind it might not turn out that great in comparison with a night mode photo. 


Here's how to switch between  process 



That's pretty much it! Very intuitive and ease to use, and even with zero input from the user, night-time pictures would turn just fine.

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40 Comments

1. Wazupmrg

Posts: 186; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

So, you have to see if the phone will allow you to do a night mode shoot? Lol. As opposed to, you know, deciding yourself? On my note 10+, I simply select night mode and take the shot. And no, you don't sit there forever, it's like a second, and as shown in several other websites' blind photo articles, it outperforms apple. Not to mention, with Pro Mode, I can control exposure up to 10 minutes, not just 30 seconds like you say Apple does. This gives me those great freeway traffic at night shots. Funny I don't remember so many tutorials on the Note when it came out. Maybe you decided not to show your readers its capabilities as much as Apple. Wonder why that is......

2. mackan84

Posts: 544; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

iPhone does that in another way with Live photos. Just take a Live Photo of traffic standing still and head on in to edit the Live Photo and choose long exposure, works really good. Apple gives the regular joe help with getting great photos. If you want more control or “pro mode” there is a b***load of apps that lets you do that.

12. AllPhonesMatter

Posts: 35; Member since: Sep 29, 2019

iPhone 11 Pro Max has the best camera available right now. Crazy how good photos come out. Love this device man.

21. midan

Posts: 2971; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

And it only going to get better with deepfusion, check the just released two example photos, that’s insane

35. Vancetastic

Posts: 1508; Member since: May 17, 2017

Where ya been, buddy? We've been waiting for your input on all of the iOS 13 bugs!

14. maherk

Posts: 6922; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I'm sorry, but your post is a little bit deceiving. 1- Sure, you can always use the night mode on Samsung phones manually, but that doesn't mean you'll always be able trigger the night mode. If light is sufficient, the camera will still take a normal shot even under that mode. 2- Night mode on the Note 10/S10 has only one advantage on the iPhone's night mode, and that's when taking a picture in almost complete darkness, where you will get a sharper image, but apart from that, in normal low light scenarios, the iPhone will deliver the much sharper, color accurate, and balanced shot. Samsung's night mode gives an overexposed shots. 3- Let's keep in mind that the S10 was released without a proper night mode, and Samsung had to release one after all the backlash they received from their fans and journalists as well. And it took months to get that mode, which still lags behind night modes from plenty of other OEMs, like Google, Apple, Huawei, Oneplus, and bunch more. So give it more time, and I'm sure Apple will add extra features to it's existing night mode.

27. matistight

Posts: 996; Member since: May 13, 2009

Point is that it's instant. Annoying that it's auto, but that's kinda the point. Night mode on there is weak though

3. gadgetpower

Posts: 265; Member since: Aug 23, 2019

Apple’s night UI is a well thought feature. Easy to use and very intuitive. Love the photos, its more natural than others offering the same feat.

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 31253; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

We'd expect you to say nothing less.

11. AllPhonesMatter

Posts: 35; Member since: Sep 29, 2019

He's right though.

15. maherk

Posts: 6922; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Tbh DJ, he is right in this instance. Apple sure was late with implementing a dedicated night mode, but it's already one of the best, if not the best imo. What I love about their night mode, is unlike the competition, their mode doesn't try to turn night pictures to a picture you took daylight, their results are more natural and doesn't look overprocessed.

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 31253; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

No bro, my point is, he'd say it even if it were trash. I personally think the Pro has a top 2, if not #1 camera out there. I give credit where it's due, you know I'm no fanboy.

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 31253; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Great camera, but iOS 13 needs hella work.

10. AllPhonesMatter

Posts: 35; Member since: Sep 29, 2019

iOS 13 is just fine. Recent updates have brought proper stability.

7. Valdomero

Posts: 696; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

I guess Apple decided to let the phone decide when to activate night mode in order to protect the lenses of large exposures to bright light. Dunno, I'm just guessing, still it's a nice addition.

8. DBozz

Posts: 53; Member since: Sep 19, 2019

Ha ha... as if it has a pro featured rich camera app. All u need to do is, just point and click! nothing else you can do with iPhones

40. CDexterWard

Posts: 85; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Step one: Find darkness. Step two: Confirm iPhone is powered on. Step three....

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