A Drift Story: My Mobile Photography Journey
Social media has changed the way we communicate and socialize. It also made us closer to other parts of the world. As we enter the age of digitization, sharing photos online has been a part of our daily lives. Smartphone brands nowadays went above and beyond not only by enhancing their already great camera phones but further improving it with more superb features allowing us to not miss those decisive moments.
After getting an iPhone 4s in 2012, I slowly embraced the idea of mobile photography. Seeing photos taken with an iPhone 4s posted at Instagram enticed me to get one. And for someone who is into photography, I was convinced that it was a good smartphone.
As years passed, smartphone cameras have evolved and they become more intelligent, bolder and more daring. It’s been a while since I began taking mobile photography seriously and it all started when I first acquired an Android phone, an ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser.
Asus has an active community, most of their activities such contests and giveaways are centered in their ZenTalk Community forum. I was lucky enough to win in 1 of their photo contest which led me to win one of their premium phones, the Asus Zenfone Zoom.
With the Zenfone Zoom, I became more interested in mobile photography. To be honest, when I started using the phone, I slowly ditched my DSLR. It always delivers and always exceeds my expectations.
I always thought that the Zenfone Zoom is the best around until the arrival of the Huawei P9. Dubbed as the Best Camera Smartphone, the Huawei P9 has introduced a lot of exciting features that are better than the Zenfone Zoom. I was not able to get a hold of the P9 but was able to win its successor, the Huawei P10 on a workshop organized by Huawei Philippines here in Cebu. Below is my winning photo:
Acquiring the Huawei P10 opened a lot of doors for me.
- First, I am more confident in pursuing my advocacy in promoting mobile photography. I believe that photography is not just about taking photographs but rather capturing moments. We have no reason to make an excuse that we can’t make good photographs because we don’t have an expensive camera
Here are a few reasons why I prefer taking photos with my smartphone.
It’s always there when you need it
Around 85% of our day is spent on using our smartphones. This is what makes it our best photo buddy. There is really no excuse for missing out important events unless you’re lazy or find it dull though.
It’s less intimidating
People tend to move away or cover when they someone is taking a photo of them. The composition you have in mind will for sure be busted. Using smartphone gives you a stealth advantage.
It’s more fun
Experimenting with your phone is never this easy. You can edit your shots without having to transfer them to your computer. To further ease things ups, there are apps that will help you do the job.
It’s easy to share
We are in the age of social media and everyone is connected to the world wide web. Sharing your photos online is as easy as ABC.
Here are some of my recent photos taken with a Huawei P10
- Second, my entry for the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk 2017 Leaders Competition was among the 10 honorable mentions. Competing with over 900 walk leaders from around the globe, I must say that its such a feat to be among the top choices considering that my entry was taken with my very own Huawei P10.
- Third, it introduced me to a new set of amazing people who share the same passion, mobile photography. It’s such an opportunity to be among the One Huawei PH team.
- Lastly, I was able to establish Huawei Sugbo, a local community for Huawei users and organized activities and workshops that aims to promote mobile photography and or course the Huawei brand.
Below are the mobile photography-related activities that the group have organized:
- Conquer Cebu: 1st Cebu Huawei Mobile Photowalk (2017)
- Conquer Cebu 2.0: Huawei Invades Parkmall (2017)
- CemenTOURyo (2017)
- EOTY (End of the Year) Photo Walk
- Mindanao Workshop (Jan 2018)
These are just some of the activities that fired up our mobile photography community in Cebu. With the undying support of the Huawei PH team to its users, expect a more exciting 2018.
Mobile photography is really exciting but it doesn’t need to be fancy. After all, its really not about the camera, its all about you and how you seize the moment.