Even the most advanced smart phone cameras have a hard time taking pictures in low light, but with these tips, you can make them look a lot better.
The first, and most important thing to do when taking pictures in the dark is to keep the phone as still as humanly possible.
The lens needs to stay open longer to let in light, so any movement will make your shot look blurry.
Tap to focus on your subject and hold your breath.
If you have time to setup your shot, use the timer.
Most new smartphones have a three or ten second timer in the settings.
Not only does this free you up to use both hands to stabilize, it also keeps you from accidentally moving the phone when you press the shutter.
Or you can take it one step further and place the phone on a tripod using a mount.
If you're going to use the flash, use it for subjects only and as last resort, the light from the flash can wash our skin tones and cause red eye.
Lastly, try brightening up you shot using a photo editing app like SnapSitter Instagram.
In San Francisco, I'm Vanessa Hand Orellana with CNET for CBS News.