It is true that technology has created amazing things beyond our imagination.
In year 2000, when the first camera phone was invented, it was hard to imagine that one day, these pocket gadgets would be developed enough to replace conventional cameras altogether.
Yet 17 years later, here we stand with smartphone cameras that can shoot stills, motion videos, and sometimes even replace the trusty DSLR.
Advertising art director Randy Low Chun Khee is an avid photographer, who is constantly on the lookout for the latest image-capturing gadgets.
However, as the quality of image processing on mobile phones grew more powerful over the past five years, Low had moved towards the art of mobile photography, growing particularly attached to his latest gadget, the Huawei P9.
Low’s photography style involves capturing the hustle and bustle of daily life, which includes food shots, candid events, pets or animals, and nature.
Over the years of studying and refining his photography skills, Low has cultivated a good eye for composing his shots. As a result, Low has garnered close to 700 followers on social media.
Capturing the mood
Beginning his hobby in 2002 when studying in London, Low was taken up by the architectural heritage of the city. Wanting to share his experience with friends and family, he purchased his very first digital camera, and began his journey into the art of photography.
“When I look back at the photos I took with my first camera, I find that it was different, alright for a beginner’s level,” says Low. “But what I really like now is a photo that can tell a story through its atmosphere, the feeling and emotion.”
To Low, his P9 smartphone not only produces superior quality images compared to other smartphone cameras he has used, but also encapsulates the ambience and artistic nuances of the photo rather professionally.
In fact, Low trusts his P9 so much so that his conventional photography gear gets left behind as he goes on travel adventures. With his photos turning out close to DSLR quality, he finds carrying a bulky device around unnecessary and inconvenient, especially when trying to take a selfie.
The first thing that caught Low’s attention about the P9 was the fact that it came equipped with a Leica dual-lens camera.
“I know that a Leica camera is really costly, and although my first camera in 2002 had a Leica lens, the photo quality then was still compromising on the colour.
“The P9 has a dual-lens camera with Leica technology, which is really what triggered me to try it out. It has a superb bokeh effect, and can give me results similar to a photo taken with a DSLR camera,” attests Low.
Initially when the gadget was still new to him, Low would take comparison shots between the P9 and the other smartphones that he was carrying with him at the time.
He would place them side by side, and sometimes present the comparisons to his friends to witness the difference themselves.
“I carry more than one smartphone with me usually, which allowed me to take the same photo on several different smartphones and compare. For example, on smartphones, photos of the same place and same moment may look the same, but if you look closely you can see that the emotion and mood is different.
“Huawei is very good in handling auto detection of contrast and light. It takes great low light pictures, and its dual-lens camera includes a monochrome lens, which means that black is really black. This makes a difference in the photo entirely, which can be seen if you take a photo of smoke, for example,” explains Low.
Low looks up to great commercial photographers such as Mario Testino, Chen Man, David Lachapelle, as well as home-grown photographer Heart Patrick to exemplify.
As for his own followers, Low coyly says, “I feel happy that there are people out there who love what I shoot. I hope I can continue to show them more of my world and what I experience through my photos.”
With Huawei’s P10 release just around the corner in Malaysia, tech-savvy Low is all hyped up for the prospects of this new gadget.
“The P10 comes with a Leica lens for its front camera too, which means that now I can take a selfie with Leica,” says Low with a laugh. “I’m excited to try the P10 Plus, which has SUMMILUX-H lenses and will provide a better outcome for photography.”
This article is brought to you by Huawei.