When was the last time you took a picture and said: “awww, that’s such a nice shot but it was not in focus“? I’m pretty sure most of us have dealt with a similar situation – and Huawei’s dual camera system is going to fix that with their Wide Aperture mode.

First, a little preface. When it comes to mobile photography, I never frame my shots properly. I treat my smartphones like a point and shoot camera – and by right, it should get my pictures right with the first click. That’s never the case – except for Huawei’s Wide Aperture mode. This mode has saved me so much time and effort – and here’s how.

I treat my smartphones like a point and shoot camera

Adding bloom to a picture has been pretty tricky, and there were many other methods to add them in an image during post-processing. Most common and simple trick is by simply adding a blur overlay on top of the image. That works… but it looks weird since the blur is absolutely unnatural unless the subject is framed in the shot correctly. Then there’s Photoshop which is quite complex to add blurring to the image. While Photoshop offers way lot more granular control the blurring effect, it’s really difficult to recreate a true-to-life depth of field blurring.

What sorcery can the Huawei’s Wide Aperture mode do? Open up the camera app, tap on your subject, and take the picture. Now, get comfy somewhere and head back to the Gallery app and fine tune the picture you took. Here’s a picture I took. Apologies for my photography skills, by the way.

Huawei Wide Aperture mode

Oh no! I wanted to focus on those trees at the back, but it ended up focusing on that grey car. “What shall I do now?”, one might ask. Since this picture is taken with Huawei’s Wide Aperture mode, it can be saved.

Firstly, I can adjust the aperture to f/16 – and it graphically depicts the aperture to have a very tiny “hole”, which is true to life. That’ll have the larger depth of field and keep everything pretty sharp, but that’s boring. So I just tapped on those trees at the back and set the aperture to f/0.95 to blur out the cars.

Huawei Wide Aperture mode

See how much better that looks?

Oh – I tapped on the lower left corner to change the focus for fun and set the aperture to f/0.9 and created this effect – which is essentially the method to create bokeh images. Then it got me thinking – with the Huawei’s Wide Aperture mode being such a powerful yet easily-accessible tool, I can create a bokeh background right here on my desk!

I propped up my Ducky One TKL non-backlit keyboard with custom-modded orange LEDs and placed a figurine there to focus on. I tapped on the figurine’s head, adjusted the aperture to f/0.95 and took the shot.

Huawei Wide Aperture mode
Who knew a backlit keyboard can create such an effect! It would’ve been better if I got an RGB keyboard instead, though.

When it comes to technicality, there’s another major advantage in using Huawei’s Wide Aperture mode, and that’s not needing to care about exposure. It’s a major plus point when it comes to flexibility, and so far only Huawei is able to do it with their Wide Aperture mode. It’s a unique feature that I think everyone should play around with, and take advantage of it. Seriously, it’s a boon to us all.

Huawei P10

Huawei’s Wide Aperture mode is quite a niche feature in my opinion. Most people will dismiss it as a gimmick, but it’s the one feature that I use the most on the Huawei P10. The reason is simple – when the moment comes, I take the picture first without worrying too much, then make adjustments later. Just look at the comparison here when I adjusted the aperture value!

Here’s a gallery of all the complete variations of that one picture that I took. I have to say, the amount of flexibility here cannot be found on any other devices as of now.

Ever since I starting using Huawei smartphones with this little handy feature, I can’t stop shooting pictures using Wide Aperture mode exclusively. Those images I uploaded onto our Flickr album for the Huawei P10 are mostly shot using Wide Aperture mode too! It just gives me a peace of mind knowing that I can redo what was wrong when I took the picture. As we all know, no two events are ever the same, and there’s only one chance to take the photo.

The Wide Aperture mode is available on Huawei’s latest smartphones – the Huawei P10 and P10 Plus, Mate 9 and Mate 9 Pro.
Do check out our full review of the Huawei P10 too!

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