When considering a new smartphone, it’s important to have an idea how the camera works. For that exact reason I made this short blog post with some comparisons.
I made three examples for you. Each one showcase the original unedited RAW on the left. I just exported these without any editing from Lightroom. This means that Lightroom interprets the file this way.
About RAW processing
Every program interprets RAW-files differently. So you might get slightly different results when using other apps like Snapseed, Phase One, Capture One, …
This video by Ted Forbes from the Art of Photography explains this phenomenon.
Why RAW looks bad
If you compare a RAW file with the jpg you get of a camera or smartphone, you will notice that it looks different. The jpg looks vibrant, contrasty and alive. While the RAW looks flat, grey and a bit bland.
The RAW files look boring because they represent the image as neutral as possible. This is in order for you to be able and have room to edit it exactly as you want. With a jpg, that has been done already. The camera of smartphone decides how to process the image.
Fun fact: The Huawei Mate 10 pro is the first device to use AI to process your photo. Other devices use a limited amount of presets to create your jpg. The Huawei Kirin processing looks at the photo and edits it like you would. Sometimes even better.
So here they are, the photos I made. On the left, you see the RAWS, and on the right my edited version for use on social media or in blog posts.
Boosting the shadows in RAW
The Huawei Mate 10 Pro has plenty of dynamic range to bring your shadows up in post-processing. I prefer to underexpose my photos a bit, so this is great for me.
Creating extra color-contrast
I love shooting RAW, even with a smartphone, to add extra colo contrasts later. In this case I used the shadow and highlights sliders in Adobe Lightroom to add extra tones. This is one of the reasons I am so excited about the Huawei Mate 10 pro’s capability to shoot RAW.
Straightening the buildings
If you look at professional architecture photos, you will notice that the buildings are straight. When making a photo yourself, you see the lines lean to each other. You can easily correct this in Lightroom. With the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, you can make your picture big enough to compensate for the correction.