Use of flashlight in phone photography

24640afae82177699310311081fdc566You have many photos on your phone but you realize despite having taken them from the same phone some a clearer compared to others. You even choose to delete them from the system completely. Why do you think this is so? Some of the factors that lead to this include:


  • The amount of light while taking the photo.
  • The settings of the camera
  • The megapixels of the phone camera
  • The time you capture the image
  • The quality of the phone camera

Among all these factors, the lighting system of the phone plays a significant role, simply because of shadow, texture and contrast effect to the final quality of the photograph.

What is the role of a flashlight in phone photography?

A LED bulb in a flashlight provides a broad lighting system to a photo allowing light to come from different directions reducing shadows reflection, contrast and texture effect such that it improves the photo quality. To make it simplier, it lighten up dark places . When there is the reduction in shadows to the image, you receive image enhancement and better photo-illumination.

The distance between the flashlight and the photo also matters a lot on the size of the phone photograph. If you need to take a wider view like a landscape view in a computer printout; you move the flashlight further from the picture while when you need to focus on a specific object, move the flashlight near it, so that to zoom in the photo for a narrow view.

A closer look at the flashlight LED bulb shows a white balance for light reflection as well as allows proper distribution of light to the object such that the camera is able to diffuse the lighting effect to the image of the phone photograph. Light reflection provides a systemized light movement.

In a poorly lit environment, some phones have an inbuilt flashlight to add more lighting system and to allow proper light diffusion. The flashlight has the same effect but from the opposite side.

Some pictures need to portray exact details and this needs a closer look. For example, a dog opening its mouth wide, you need to have a closer view of the tongue and the dental formula. A flashlight will come in handy to enhance the reflection and diffusion ability to get a near 3D view.

The angle between the phone lens and the object also determines the quality of the phone photograph. Remember, aerial and ground type of photographs. In ground photographs, the two are on the same level, you will get a 2D view of the phone photograph, although you will only see the parts in front of the phone camera. Comparatively, in aerial photographs you have to be on a higher ground than the object the top most parts will be captured, a flashlight enhances the texture quality of the image.

Lighting is essential in phone photography to enhance picture texture and contrast. The high light intensity from the flashlight helps a phone photographer have a clear view of the object. Furthermore, the fact that you can regulate the amount of light from a flashlight depending on the scene and other factors, it gives you the power to manage your phone photography.