7:57AM MILANO CENTRALE TO VENEZIA, SANTA LUCIA (VIA VERONA).
Its no doubt, we live in our mobile phones. The sudden panic of loosing you’re phone, especially when it’s out of sight has made us alienated towards technology. The new social is connecting online, as for the real moments in life we talk to real people. As a photographer that carries his SLR daily to capture quality content and imagery during his travels, I was always against phone photography as 5MP camera didn’t quite make the cut. With social apps like Instagram, it’s all about instant snaps on your phones and androids and quite the effort importing it to you’re laptops. As soon as the Huawei Mate S was in the palms of my hands, I had the #PowerOfTouch. This changed the scope of photography for me, especially with the PRO camera option where you can adjust manual settings just like a professional SLR. I always avoided blogging with phone imagery, but I am sure you’re convinced the 13MP camera does justice as much as my SLR. The immense high quality standards just raised the bar, without the bulk, the instant accessibility to upload in seconds; you wouldn’t believe it.
1. Have a main subject- an object, landscape, building, food.
2. Framing and composition is everything, you can do organised clutter or perfected OCD mode
3. Natural lighting has an even balance of tones
4. Background, table top, flooring, textures, or plain simplicity.
5. Editing Apps: Snapseed is great to quick phone adjustments.
6. Colour Theme, stick to 3 colours in a frame, its more curated and coordinated in that way.
HOW TO TAKE THE PERFECT ARCHITECTURE PHOTO?
1. Find the symmetrical point of the building. Step the furthest away from the building to capture as much of the facade.
2. Align the phone landscape and use the gridline to capture the horizontal lines in the building.
3. The Vertical lines are distorted (its the human perspective)
4. Take editing further and use the App SKRWT to distort and skew the images. (its an OCD thing with Architects)
HOW TO TAKE THE PERFECT NIGHT TIME PHOTOS WITH LIGHT PAINTING?
During the night, the camera sensor will pick up elements of lights without the need of flash photography. You will notice less noise reduction, a smooth matt filter and understanding the terms ISO is nothing to be afraid of. There are four options to capture on Light painting, Car Light Trails, Light Graffiti, Silky Water and Star Track. If you want to take photography further besides the Auto settings, the PRO Camera (top right) in the normal Phone setting is adjustable to change the ISO, Aperture, shutter speed, exposure and white balance.
My Top tips for Night time photography.
1. Use a flat surface, tripod or phone case stand to capture stills. This allows movement to be captured in motion & the buildings or landscapes in sharp focus
2. Experiment with the length of footage in the still frame, the longer the shutter speed, the more footage is captured in the frame.
3. Experiment with the different options, framing, composition and subject.
In partnership with Huawei UK
Photographer: Melissa Koh & Phone snaps by Toni Tran
(Note: Photos with the phone featured in the Article is taken with SLR. All other photos with the new Huawei MATE S)