Local photographer talks taking advantage of smartphones’ ‘huge advances’
KUWAIT: On the sidelines of the Phototalk forum, Kuwait Times spoke with Kuwaiti photographer Abdul Aziz Al-Duwaisan, who has gained wide fame on social networking sites, especially Instagram, because of his creative methods of taking pictures. Duwaisan has been in the photography field for nearly 16 years. “When I started as a photographer, my passion was to own the finest cameras. I paid a lot of money for cameras, lenses and accessories just to take a photo. After the development of mobiles, I started to use a Huawei phone and saw the difference. I’m almost four years with them now - from the Mate 9, then Mate 10, Pro 20, P 29 and Mate 20 Pro,” he said.
Duwaisan said smartphones are witnessing huge advances. “I used to use a lens for every shot. Now the new Huawei smartphone has three features - with one click you can have wide angle, super zoom, or micro. If you’re a social media influencer or just addicted to taking photos for social media, this phone will be more than enough for your social photos, and you won’t need a camera to take high-resolution pictures,” he said. He affirmed that the image’s resolution is enough for printing photos with a size of 2 x 1.80 x 1.90 m. “We printed a poster with high resolution and high quality with that size at Phototalk last year.”
Huawei has a smart camera where it suggests the best feature to apply. It tells you if you’re taking pictures of food, people or wide shots for nature. It suggests you to change the mode of the light at night or yellow lighting to blue. Duwaisan added the Huawei Mate 20 Pro captures amazingly clear and detailed photos, including colors and low-light shots.
“One of the key differences, however, is that with the Mate 20 Pro, we now have an ultra-wide angle lens in the mix. The Huawei Mate 20 Pro really shone in lowlight situations. However, I didn’t notice a great deal of difference in the outcome between ‘night mode’ and the normal photo mode, though ‘night mode’ may have produced a slightly crisper image. Either way, the quality of photos in dark settings is pretty exceptional,” he said.
He mentioned that the Mate 20 Pro can charge other devices too. Practically anything that supports the Qi standard can be charged wirelessly. “I want to tell people to try it. I’m now specialized in shooting pictures with my phone, because it’s easy, fast and high-resolution, and it’s allowed to take photos by phones in public spaces,” Duwaisan said.
The Mate 20 Pro has a Leica-powered triple-lens camera system arranged in a grid-like setup alongside the flash. In terms of lenses, it constitutes a 40megapixel wide angle, 20-megapixel ultra-wide angle, and 8-megapixel telephoto.
Photographer Abdulaziz Al-Duwaisan