BEEN USING THE iPHONE 11 PRO MAX for a month or so. No regrets, re: my decision to upgrade, but some of the changes to the picture making capabilities have required a bit of adjusting to, relative to my former iPhone X Max. Not a big deal.
That written, it hasn't been until recently that I have started to test the new NIGHT MODE feature of the iPhone 11 PRO MAX and the first thing I can tell you is that, in the default mode, it tries to turn "night" (aka: dark) into day. It accomplishes that feat quite well. However, when I make a picture in relative darkness, I want it to represent the actual darkness.
The "work-around" I use to achieve that is to manually adjust the exposure and, in processing the picture, reduce the BRIGHTNESS, CONTRAST and then the EXPOSURE to achieve a realistic sense of the actual darkness of a scene. The result is an almost completely noise-free picture. However, there is a caveat ....
The NIGHT MODE does its magic by blending together separate files which are created with a 2-3 second "shutter" speed which, FYI, the image stabilzation handles remarkedly well as long as you aren't jumping around. Nevertheless, if the scene includes people, the command, "Hold still", needs to come into play.
Re: the ku pictures in this entry. The pictures were made very late on a very grey, rainy day (not using the NIGHT MODE). The light was muted and soft which created a scene with very low contrast. The iPhone, not unlike a "real" camera, creates an image file with a more dynamic range, aka: contrast, than the scene itself exhibits. Consequently, in processing the files, the contrast and brightness were reduced to achieve a look which came very close to matching the actual scene.
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