The ultimate guide to taking breath-taking portraits on your smartphone

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Content is king and few images make as much of an impact online as a well-taken portrait. And while taking a good selfie or portrait of your friends seems as simple as taking out your smartphone and hitting the capture button in your camera – not all devices capture the magic in the same way your eye may be seeing it.

So, if you’re a fan of a good picture that needs no third-party apps to retouch and enhance – here are three things to look for in your next smartphone camera:

Focus, focus, focus

Unless you’re intentionally going for a grainy Y2K aesthetic on your selfies and portraits, chances are you want your subject to be in full crisp and vibrant focus from their background. A key thing to consider and ask an in-store assistant about when buying a new phone for the camera is the aperture setting. This will make or break getting that perfect focused form in your selfies or portraits.

Setting the standard once more in this regard is tech giant HUAWEI with their new HUAWEI Mate50 Pro premium flagship phone. Boasting an exciting new XMAGE feature that elevates their smartphone photography to new heights, the HUAWEI Mate50 Pro features an aperture that’s adjustable up to 10 sizes – creating endless opportunities for depth of field play. The aperture not only controls how much light enters your camera lens but also how much focus you want to place on the subject you're photographing. And with the new HUAWEI Mate50 Pro, you can adjust your aperture 10 sizes from f/1.4 to f/4.0 – allowing you to get incredible portrait and landscape shots too all in one device.

Because of this impressive aperture, the HUAWEI Mate50 Pro also has a bokeh blurring feature that’s more natural than AI-powered bokeh effects. As it allows the device to blur out the background of your portraits smoothly and seamlessly and maintain undistorted and natural-looking skin – creating a high-quality DSLR effect that can be snapped on the go.

Brightness / Light Sensors

Similarly, an element that makes or breaks a smartphone camera’s portrait abilities is how well it can perform with and without light. Due to the large and impressive aperture built-in on the HUAWEI Mate50 Pro, you’re able to snap clear, bright, and focused portraits even in low light settings.

The 50MP Ultra Aperture Camera detects 24% more light,? thanks to the ultra-large f/1.4 aperture and RYYB sensor that works seamlessly with the XD Fusion Pro image engine to keep brightness and contrasts pristine in your photos.

AI-smart filtering and vibrancy settings

And for those who need some assistance – having a smartphone with a camera that has AI features and filters to help you capture the best picture every time is a bonus. The HUAWEI Mate50 Pro comes prepared with XMAGE filters such as Original, Vivid, and Bright that helps to enhance and create beautiful image styles. The Original filter allows you to capture true-to-life colours, textures, and details while the Vivid filter helps you snap striking imagery that’s enhanced with vibrancy and contrast. The Bright filter helps you to brighten up darker settings by balancing out the light and clear contrasts seamlessly.

Coupled with the Virtual Aperture, Fine Portrait and Large-dynamic-range modes and the impressive image stabilisation, autofocus, and depth sensing built into the camera set-up – you’re able to capture perfect and post-ready selfies on the go and in the moment.

And you can get your hands on your very own HUAWEI Mate 50Pro device and snap away with its great camera by visiting one of the leading local mobile network retailers or via the HUAWEI online store. The smartphone retails from R24 999 for the 256 GB version and R26 999 for the 512 GB version.

This post was sponsored by HUAWEI and produced by Adspace Studio.

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