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Night mode photography on recent phones, including the iPhone 13 Pro, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra and a wide variety of others, allows you to take stunning, bright photos, even in the middle of the night. And the best part is, you don’t need to bother with long exposures, tripods, or flashes, like you’d have to do with a DSLR. In fact, you don’t need any extra equipment at all.

You can see just how well the iPhone 13 Pro stacks up against the 12 Pro Max in our recent shootout.

But getting an image you’re truly proud of isn’t just a case of waiting for darkness and whipping out your phone. You’ll still need to put in some work to take shots that’ll rack up those Instagram likes. 

Here are my top tips on how to get great images at night on your phone. 

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Aperture Priority mode is available on most DSLR and mirrorless cameras. It’s a great way to make use of the full range of your lens’s optical range. Not only is it a fantastic mode for beginners to start learning their camera’s modes, but it’s also a go-to mode for many seasoned photographers who use it as a “walk-around” mode in street photography and other genres.

In this tutorial, we’ll talk about Aperture Priority mode in detail and discuss the right settings to use for certain situations. But first, let’s cover some of the basics.

What Is Aperture?

Before we understand what Aperture Priority mode is, perhaps it’s best to cover the basics of aperture in photography. In this video, the presenter explains what aperture is and how it dictates how much light is let into the camera’s sensor as well as the relationship to depth of field.

If you don’t

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Early in my newspaper career, when I had to do a little bit of everything to get the paper out, and did little of it with much expertise, I remember the feeling of Christmas-morning joy at finding that I had actually shot a sports photograph worth running at four columns wide, vertical, on the section front.

Digital photography, the ability to shoot unlimited images from a high school football game, and to see each one the instant after it’s snapped, has robbed a lot of shutterbugs of that unique feeling of good fortune. But it’s exactly the one I recall when I go into the postgame highlights that Madden NFL 21 saves for me and come out with half a dozen Sports Illustrated-worthy still frames that I almost have no right to claim.

Jean Adams, the senior art director for EA Sports’ Madden NFL series, says he and other

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