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Shoot Portraits with a Smartphone

Shoot Portraits with a Smartphone

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  30 Dec 2018 6:30 AM GMT

Using a phone while in a location like this is also very freeing – not being weighed down by a heavy or cumbersome DSLR (or even mirrorless) camera is a great way to unleash some creativity..

Don’t forget to take a look at our full review of the Huawei P20 Profor more information about all of its features and performance.

Choose the Right Mode

The Huawei P20 Pro has several shooting modes which you can choose from. By default, the “Photo” mode will launch when you open the camera app. This is a perfectly fine mode to shoot in… Portrait mode would seem like the obvious choice, but don’t forget to utilise Pro mode too. With Pro mode, you can take greater control of the camera’s settings, as well as shoot in raw format for better flexibility in post-production.

Get the Most from Photo Mode

If you choose to shoot in the standard Photo mode, you’ll notice that “Master AI” is turned on by default. The P20 Pro uses artificial intelligence to analyse a scene and apply what it deems to be the best settings. Sometimes this works really well – but, especially if you’re shooting in a vibrant and sunny location – the results can be a little OTT. Sometimes that’s the effect you’re going for, but switching it off from the Settings panel can result in a more natural appearance.

Underexpose to Preserve Details

When shooting portraits – especially in bright conditions – underexposing your images is a great way to preserve details in the highlights. Depending on which shooting mode you’re working in there are different ways to do this..

Use the Second Lens as a Portrait Lens

The Huawei P20 Pro has two focal length lenses, one which is a wide-angle, 27mm equivalent lens, while the other is a 3x optical zoom, offering roughly 80mm. Using this second lens is great for portraits as it closely mimics the 85mm classic focal length favoured by portrait photographers.

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