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Portrait shot being taken with the monochrome sensor

Your portrait photos are about to get 10 times more picture perfect

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They say that the best camera you have is the one you have with you. So why not just have a camera that can deliver professional-looking shots on your phone? That’s the selling point of the Huawei P10 and Huawei P10 Plus with their industry-leading dual camera setup and a dedicated Portrait Mode.

The Huawei P10 pairs an impressive 12-megapixel RGB sensor with an f/2.2 wide aperture lens with a second, 20-megapixel monochrome sensor capable of adding new levels of depth and detail to your photos. On the P10 Plus, even more enhancement – such as extra light in low light situations – is possible, thanks to its new SUMMILUX-H lenses with a larger F1.8 aperture.

While a creative eye is key for getting attention-grabbing pictures, the technology in your hand can make it effortless. The Huawei P10 and Huawei P10 Plus come with plenty of innovative tech that makes it easier than ever. But it’s with portrait shots where these devices really impress.

Traditionally, capturing the perfect portrait required a mastery of lighting, a dedicated DSLR with a high-end long lens, and an intimate knowledge of your camera’s complicated settings menu. That’s no longer the case. The Huawei P10 and Huawei P10 Plus do more than capture Facebook-friendly selfies, they’re capable of taking portraits good enough to exhibit in a gallery.

The new Portrait Mode on the Huawei P10 and Huawei P10 Plus is where you start if you want to capture the perfect portrait. This is located in the menu above the viewfinder window in the camera app. Just keep an eye out for the icon that looks like a person’s head.

Tap the icon and Portrait Mode kicks into gear, putting at your fingertips the variety of portrait enhancements Huawei has crammed into the camera. Both the Huawei P10 and the Huawei P10 Plus cameras boast 3D-facial technology – the first phones to do so – and this can detect the position of a person’s facial features. It’ll even pick up on unique skin types, giving the photos a more customised and really natural look.

Now that you know how to turn on Portrait Mode, let’s have a look at all the things you can do with it.

1. Apply artistic effects for that pro finish

One thing that used to really set big DSLR cameras apart from their smartphone counterparts was the silky looking blur that isolates a subject from the background and focuses all the detail on the individual. But, with the Huawei P10 and Huawei P10 Plus you can create a similar look by turning on “artistic effect.”

Built into the Huawei P10’s monochrome and RGB sensors is a depth-calculating processor that can tell the difference between foreground, middle ground and background and it’s this that can add the smooth blur.

A portrait being taken with a bokeh-like effect

Here’s how to try it: To shoot the best portraits with a bokeh-like effect, open up the camera and make sure the Portrait Mode is enabled. Stand your subject against a bright background or a bookshelf and then enable artistic effects by tapping the empty circular icon in the bottom right corner of the viewfinder. You can turn this on and off to get a sense of how the blur alters the background.

Once you have taken the picture, you should be left with a portrait where the subject is sharp and the background slightly out-of-focus.

2. Use dynamic illumination to go from good to stunning

The Portrait Mode features dynamic illumination, an addition that can turn a great photo into a perfect one.

Photos are all about light, but you don’t always have perfect lighting in all conditions. The Huawei P10 and Huawei P10 Plus can sense the light, and how it changes, and automatically adapt settings to get the best possible photo. It can help you make portrait shots even more beautiful by letting you decide how you want your photo to be lit. It’s like having a photo studio with high-end lighting capabilities in your pocket.

Here’s how to try it: All you need to do is make sure the camera is in Portrait Mode and then tap the beauty level icon. This gives you a simple 1-10 slider that changes the lighting and artistic effect to smooth out blemishes and adapt the lighting degree for picture heaven.

3. Transform your portrait with monochrome

Sometimes more is less, and cutting colour to create a black and white image can mean a more powerful and artistic shot. Fortunately, this is where the Huawei P10 and Huawei P10 Plus come into their own, letting you shoot portrait shots directly with the monochrome sensor.

This isn’t just some simple black and white filter, either. Using basic monochrome filters means you lose a lot of detail and the resulting pictures can sometimes look fake. Instead, the Huawei P10 and Huawei P10 Plus’s dedicated 20-megapixel monochrome sensor gives it the unique ability to shoot uncompromised, unfiltered and truly natural black and white portraits to stunning effect.

Black and white image taken with monochrome sensor

Credit: RiHua Photography

Here’s how to try it: To make use of the feature, all you need to do is select Monochrome when in the camera’s main Modes page. Don’t forget to also make sure the Portrait Mode is turned on; you can do this in the top menu.

If possible, you’ll want to place your subject in a bright room or open setting. Natural light creates more engaging, realistic shadows that can be beautifully picked out in monochrome to enhance a face and add new depth and dimension to your shots.

4. Polish your shots with easy editing

While the Huawei P10 and Huawei P10 Plus are capable of capturing beautiful shots in their own right, it isn’t going to restrict you to natural, unedited efforts. Yes, you can download all manner of photo-altering apps, but you don’t need to. The Huawei P series of devices already come with all of the editing tools you’ll ever need built within the camera app itself.

From altering the saturation and contrast to adding a splash effect, the Huawei P10 and Huawei P10 Plus are brimming with native editing options.

Here’s how to try it: You can access the phone’s extensive editing tools in the gallery by tapping the ‘Adjust’ option on any image. Here you can tweak level enhancements, create close crops or make colour adjustments to create your desired effect. For portraits, we especially like the illusion filter because it gives headshots a dream-like feel which makes them truly pop.

Editing an image on a Huawei P series phone

There’s no need to worry about being too heavy handed with your edits either. The Huawei P10 and Huawei P10 Plus feature a number of editing modes that will make tweaks for you at the touch of a button. If you have been too heavy handed, have no fear – you can always use the Compare button at the top right of the camera interface to see the difference your alterations made. If you like what you see, there’s a Save button in the top right – if you hate it, try another filter.

5. Put your subject at ease – even if the subject is you

When shooting portrait shots, you want to be close to your subject so you can pick out the reflections in their eyes or a specific detail such as an intriguing smile. Sometimes being so close to someone’s face can make them uncomfortable, though.

Thankfully the Huawei P10 and Huawei P10 Plus help you get close without intimidating your subject by utilising Hybrid Zoom. This uses both the phone’s lenses to offer increased zoom without compromising on image quality.

Using a longer focal length to create the perfect composition while still retaining super sharp image quality is great, but what if you want to be the subject of your own shots?

Fortunately, the Huawei P10 and Huawei P10 Plus’s 8-megapixel selfie camera has its own portrait-enhancing skills. As well as coming with an impressive f/1.9 wide aperture lens to let in more light, the selfie snapper features its own Portrait Mode, letting you create an artistic depth effect, tweak dynamic illumination and give more focus to your own face.