A unique street photography campaign that has captured the hustle and bustle of Auckland City in a series of stunning gallery images is set to open to the public this Sunday.
Unusual for a photography exhibition, each and every photograph printed and mounted on the gallery walls was taken entirely on a smartphone — the Huawei P10, making it potentially New Zealand’s very first smartphone photography exhibition.
The exhibition Auckland 2017, on now at Metro Gallery in Auckland, runs until Tuesday, October 31.
The photographer behind the exhibition, Auckland’s Richard Wong, is excited to share the incredible shots he captured on his Huawei P10 device. “I’m looking forward to Aucklanders experiencing the exhibition — I anticipate many viewers who aren’t aware of the camera details will assume a high-end professional camera was used for the photographs,” says Wong.
Wong’s street-style photography utilizes the Huawei P10 Leica dual lens camera — one lens of which is entirely dedicated to black and white photography — resulting in sharp, striking shots.
Wong says that amateur photographers don’t necessarily need to wait until they can afford expensive equipment when they are likely to already have a decent camera in their pocket, and hopes this exhibition will inspire budding photographers to get out and about and start shooting.
“Your smartphone is more than capable of taking stunning photographs, and best of all, it is always on you. Smartphones give the photographer more flexibility to take spontaneous shots without having to set up elaborate photography equipment. My exhibition shows that in 2017, everyone can be a photographer,” says Wong.
Richard Wong’s smartphone photography tips:
– Hold the phone with two hands for a more steady and sharp photo
– If you find your photo or your subject is too dark, (which usually happens when you are shooting with the sun or strong light behind your subject), tap on something that is dark in the scene from a similar distance and the photo will be brighter
– You can plug in headphones and use it as a remote trigger to take a photo
– Shoot in RAW mode if you are preparing to do a bit of photo editing yourself
– The Huawei P10 camera has a manual control (Pro mode), which gives you ‘DSLR style’
manual camera control. You don’t have to shoot in manual mode all the time as the camera is pretty smart by itself, but it’s good when you want to be more creative or pick the best setting yourself
To find out more about the Huawei P10, visit consumer.huawei.com/nz.