Through the constant rethinking of what nighttime means to him, 20-year-old London-based photographer Anok Deb, also known as Emriys on social media, has mastered the art of low light photography. That’s why, as part of our partnership with Huawei and its global smartphone photography competition Next-Image awards 2020, we couldn’t say no to the chance of speaking to Emriys about the awards’ category ‘Good Night’ in order to understand the process behind capturing low light scenes using a Huawei smartphone.
Nighttime has always had something special about it, and capturing these glowing moments is an art in itself—an intricate balance of lighting, exposure and finding just that perfect moment. Using the Huawei P40 Pro to show the Positive Power of Creativity, Emriys shared his best tips on mastering low light photography.
“Previously, I’ve always taken my photos during day time or sunset. I was never a big fan of low light photography but lately, I’ve been totally loving it. Everything changes at night. Everything seems so lonely, and yet so beautiful.”
For his submission images for ‘Good Night’, Emriys explored his hometown of London as the sun went down and the night came in. He shares how he chose his subjects and what features he used to capture them. “For example, in this image, the city looks so isolated but so beautiful at the same time. The glow coming out from the light is truly beautiful—you can never imagine getting a shot like that during day time.”
Using his Huawei P40 Pro, and keeping in mind the challenges that come with capturing that perfect night shot, Emriys tells us how he played with the phone camera’s different angles, allowing him to capture the image’s depth, even when the light was scarce. “I used the wide-angle camera to get the maximum field of view. By using the Pro mode on the camera app, I was able to shoot these images in a RAW format, which allowed me to be more flexible while I was editing the images without losing any quality.”
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“A lot of the photos I take in low light are actually from my smartphone. The night modes on smartphones in 2020 are insanely good! Sometimes I prefer the look of an image taken on my phone to the one taken on my camera. I currently use the Huawei P40 Pro and I think it has the best camera in the market at the moment.”
“Huawei’s technology gives my pictures so much more precision than any other smartphones can. The Night Mode is pure magic—it can even capture what the eyes are not able to see,” Emriys adds.
“For this shot, I wanted to make it look like it came straight from a high-end DSLR camera. I used the aperture mode and set my aperture to F2. This allowed me to create the out of focus blur behind my subject making the subject look crisp and the image look more professional.”
In order to capture the shot, Emriys needs to see something special in his selected location, highlighting nighttime’s true beauty. And it might seem obvious to some, but inspiration is the key element to creating a powerful image. For Emriys, “photography is all about capturing experiences. When I snap a photo, it’s like I’m freezing time and I get to capture a moment that is gone forever; impossible to reproduce. It’s also an act of observation. I like to find something interesting in a totally ordinary place, and the fact that I am the only one seeing it excites me.”
“One thing I’ve realised over the years is that, in life, you don’t get second chances. Everything moves so fast that if you blink, you miss your shot. And I see that as a challenge,” explains Emriys. Building confidence in your art and your skills is part of the journey towards expressing your creativity through photography. And for you to really reach this kind of level, as important as practising can be, having a creative eye must be your number one priority at first.
Taking photographs has been with Emriys all his life but it was only two years ago that he finally decided to see where it could take him in his professional career. Since then, Emriys has left his part-time job to focus on his passion and has been on a mission to capture every experience he goes through in order to share it all with the world.
Attention night owls! Are you, like Emriys, on a mission to capture the night on your Huawei? If so, submit your images to the Huawei Next-Image awards 2020 for a chance to win a creation fund of up to $10,000 USD.
As part of our partnership with Huawei and its global smartphone photography competition Next-Image awards 2020, May Tahmina Akhtar responds to the ‘Faces’ category as she invites us into her world of portraiture and helps us understand what goes on behind the scenes of capturing a captivating portrait using a smartphone.
British-Bengali Akhtar, a Manchester-based creative, content creator and makeup artist, uses her face as a canvas as she experiments with her own history and upbringing—unafraid to show her true self in a whole new way, while unpacking what the Positive Power of Creativity means to her.
“I loved the freedom of the category and being able to express myself. My inspiration was me. I’m really working towards having a type of work that screams me and I really think the look I did is a combination of the overall looks I love doing. It shows technique but also paints a picture of my culture and heritage!”
For Akhtar, photography has become an integral part of her work. By using the Huawei P40 Pro to film and photograph her makeup look, she draws from past experiences to inspire others in finding their own identity and to highlight the power creativity can have. Documenting her styles allows Akhtar to not only better her craft but also share her talent with the world. Using the phone’s camera features, such capturing her images using the 32MP Dual View selfie camera and in the Super Resolution RAW format, Akhtar was able to depict her face and the makeup look she created for her submitted images in a resolution like no other, showcasing the intricate little details that make her face; her identity unique: “I was able to highlight the details that made this look so special for who I am, and for my identity.”
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After dropping out of her integrated masters and while waiting for different courses to start, Akhtar focused her attention on makeup, amassing over 40,000 followers across social media by posting simple and aesthetically pleasing makeup videos and photographs that encouraged more people to reflect on their heritage, their individualism and their creativity in unique ways. Akhtar sent out a clear message to her followers: you can do this too.
Akhtar saw her opportunity to further her approach to makeup while also redefining her British-Bengali origins: “I used to think makeup was boring and everyone did the same thing. But since finding the editorial side of it on social media and seeing the artistry behind it and how different people’s style of makeup was, I began to do simple but graphic liner looks to express my style in a way modest clothing sometimes couldn’t!”
With the power of photography at our fingertips, capturing unique portraits is something each and every one of us can do. As Akhtar says, “Makeup is so free—you can do whatever you feel like doing.”
To achieve and capture makeup looks as cheerful and fun as Akhtar’s, experimentation is key. Faces are unique to each and every one of us, and the real power lies in the ability to celebrate our differences. “Don’t be afraid to make mistakes as you can make a look out of it or run it out—it’s not the end of the world!” explains Akhtar. Using the Huawei P40 Pro’s Field-of-view fusion zoom has allowed Akhtar to capture her own interpretation of self-portraiture, adding her own mark on her ideas of faces, beauty and portraiture.
Last tip from the pro? Always remember that, whatever you decide to create, it is by capturing your creativity that you will make it stand out. Whether in makeup or in photography, “use your face as a canvas.”
Akhtar uses makeup to share her culture and heritage through captivating portraits. What will you share about you? We want to know! Create your own narrative using your Huawei smartphone and submit your image to the Huawei Next-Image awards 2020 for a chance to win a creation fund of up to $10,000 USD.