Taking Professional Portraits with a Mobile Phone

Propelling Fstoppers into the successful community it is today and inspiring a slew of shooters to create without limitations, the iPhone Fashions Shoot was meant to prove that a talented photographer needed little more than their own knowledge and creativity. In these one minute spots for the Huawei P10 mobile phone, Chinese Malaysian photographer CY Wong continues to demonstrate the point: it's not the camera that makes a photographer.

Granted today's mobile phones are packing quite a bit of heat. In this case a 20 megapixel, f/2.2, OIS, Leica optics camera with phase detection and laser auto-focus but in the end, it's still just a cell phone. Watch behind the scenes as Wong takes up Huawei's challenge to capture the essence of these exceptional people in their professions.

Copyright 2017 | Image by CY Wong | https://www.cywong-art.com

Copyright 2017 | Image by CY Wong | https://www.cywong-art.com

Copyright 2017 | Image by CY Wong | https://www.cywong-art.com

Copyright 2017 | Image by CY Wong | https://www.cywong-art.com

Copyright 2017 | Image by CY Wong | https://www.cywong-art.com

Copyright 2017 | Image by CY Wong | https://www.cywong-art.com

Copyright 2017 | Image by CY Wong | https://www.cywong-art.com

Copyright 2017 | Image by CY Wong | https://www.cywong-art.com

 For the record this post was not sponsored by Huawei in any way. I just really dig the work CY Wong did for these ads.

[via Huawei Mobile]

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David T's picture

"Phones" nowadays are primarily cameras + app launchers.
And they aren't cheap - you can easily get a mirrorless kit for the price of a P10.

Sure, but a smartphone obviously does much more.

I agree that smartphone pricing is getting ugly.

Percy Ortiz's picture

While i agree partly that the equipment does not make the photographer I strongly disagree calling these behind the scenes... more like a phone commercial ad if you ask me

Anonymous's picture

Something I heard many years ago: A good mechanic can get by with the wrong tools, a great mechanic has the right tools.
Also: Never bring a knife to a gun fight.

Carl Beebee's picture

"All the gear, no idea"

Anonymous's picture

You're assuming it's one or the other. My point is: of course you have to be a good photographer but you should also have the proper gear for the task. There's no point to limiting your capabilities just to prove you can.

Carl Beebee's picture

True but it could also be an expense thing. Especially for people starting out or showing an interest in photography. Smartphones are about the same price as certain DSLR's but most people I know who have smartphones have them on pay monthly contracts. I think the point is the people that shoot on smartphones may not be deliberately "limiting their capabilities".

Anonymous's picture

I agree with your point regarding cost but among the plethora of these kinds of articles, I've never seen one come at it from that POV.

That leaves me with another thought, one for which I have no idea: the point of these articles is a great photographer doesn't need a great camera but how many great photographers have always only shot with a smart phone or similar device? Point being, while possible, is it a practical path to greatness? :-/

Retired mechanic here. Yes, you need better tools to do better work. 😊

Cheap tools often cost you more in the end. They can also be very dangerous.

seeing all these "phones are great cameras" videos out now breaks my heart.