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

Dipolog Sunset

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:

Mae Ogdoc

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.

Roy Delez

  • 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:

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.

Keep shooting!

Herbert Kikoy
I am a hobbyist photographer who's making a big shift to mobile photography, a frustrated cook and a wanderlust who don't have the luxury of time.
  • Aldrin Jake Suan

    I agree.. nagka interested kog mobile photography way back 2014 then I used Alcatel Sapphire 2. I realized na I need to buy a higher specs na phone kay it’s 5 mp ako gi used na cam. Then I decided to get a new one and I found Huawei P8 Lite.. Then nag start na ako mobile photography as legit pag 2015 until now. Best experience so far kay ni joined ko Huawei Sugbo kay it was an opportunity to experience a mobile . photography activities. 😀 😀 😀 Thank you Kuya Herbert for letting me to organize the Huawei Sugbo. 😀 😀 😀 Looking forward for more activities. 🙂

  • hannafrej

    Mobile photography is <3. Mag Huawei na unya ko puhon aron kakuyog na ko pirmi mga Huawei events. Haha

  • With more and more powerful phones, if you didn’t mention that it was mobile photography, I could only assume that it was shot by a DSLR camera! Huawei! Huwaweiwaweiwawei.

  • I was amazed with how the smartphone photography journey happened. ditched the DSLR for the smartphone. I have been dreaming to be a photographer (using the DSLR) but when I get to own smartphones, I get the chance to explore the passion and i am loving it 🙂

    Well, Congratulations with the Huawei Sugbo! This is the beginning of your journey. Keep shooting! 🙂

  • I’m so happy that mobile photography is getting some love these days! There are even professional magazine shoots that are done using just a phone! It’s amazing what smartphones can do. I hope the Pixel 2 gets here soonest.