Everyone knows that Huawei owns the smartphone photography space – a title they claimed with the P20 series and now fully own with the incredibly impressive camera found on the P30 Pro.
After a recent trip with Huawei and South Africa Tourism to highlight the beauty of South Africa captured through the quad camera setup of the P30 Pro, we thought we’d give you a few tips & tricks to help you get the best photos possible with Huawei’s current flagship smartphone.
Turn on the AI
When Huawei brought out the AI functionality on the P20 series, it wasn’t that good. Photos were oversharpened and oversaturated.
The Mate 20 Pro saw a much-improved version of the AI functionality which saw less oversaturation and oversharpening. On the P30 Pro, the AI is far more subtle and recognises a range of scenes you’re shooting and is able to adjust the camera settings in a far more natural way to bring you the best picture possible. The AI also intelligently recognises how close you are to your subject and can activate super macro mode for you.
Toggling it on or off is as simple as opening the camera app and tapping the AI icon at the top of the display.
Use Pro Mode
If you’re feeling confident with using the camera, then using the Pro mode will help you step up your photography game.
When opening the camera app, it defaults to “Photo”. Simply swipe across to your right until you reach “Pro”.
In this mode, you’ll be able to adjust ISO, Shutter Speed, White Balance and Manual or Auto Focus. You’ll also be able to take pictures in RAW format. To do this, you need to tap the Gear icon in the top right-hand corner of the camera app (while in Pro mode) and tap on “Resolution”. Halfway down the screen, you’ll see the option to save images in RAW format.
It takes up more space, but with the 256GB on-board storage of the P30 Pro, you shouldn’t be worried about storage space.
The P30 pro captures very natural colours which aren’t as saturated as images captured on Samsung’s handsets but are far more true to real life.
If you are looking for more vibrant images, you can adjust your camera settings to vibrant mode to give you a greater pop of colour, but we would recommend using the camera’s built-in Monochrome mode.
To activate it, open to the camera app and swipe all the way to the end and tap on “More”. This will give you a range of options including “Slow-mo”, “Panorama” and “Monochrome”.
Once you’ve tapped on the Monochrome mode, you’ll be able to take images using “Portrait” Mode (which gives beautiful bokeh and depth of field), “Aperture” and “Pro” mode.
Experiment with using the camera in different lighting conditions, especially in really low light areas.
The P30 Pro is able to deliver pictures taken in complete darkness that look like they were taken during the day, a feat that even the Google Pixel 3 is unable to match.
the standout feature of the P30 Pro’s camera is the zoom. Unlike like other smartphones you can get up to 50 times zoom but you’ll rarely need more than 10 times zoom.
Play around with this incredible functionality to give yourself a wider range when taking photos and to get up close to your subject without having to move from your location.
If that isn’t enough, you can also turn on the Assistive Grid in the camera app to help you focus in on your subject and improve the composition of your photos.
Activating “Ultra Snapshot” which lets you double tap the power button to take snapshots is also a great idea because it lets you capture those fleeting moments that you could otherwise miss.
All these images were taken using some of the tips mentioned above.