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Four power tips to get you shutter-happy with your phone


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Taking picture-perfect photos with a smartphone is an acquired art, as many of us have learned the hard way. Below are some examples of what can happen when things go wrong!

 

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You couldn't reach the shutter when taking that oh-so-flattering selfie.

 

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Your photographer forgets to wait until the count of three.

 

If you're also guilty of these "camera crimes", it's probably time that you read this guide, and familiarized yourself with some of the power features available in the Camera app on the latest Huawei P10/P10 Plus. Once you've got to grips with these features, we guarantee that every photo you take can be a masterpiece.

 

Shutter shortcuts

  • The volume buttons

When you're trying to take a selfie with your phone held at arm's length, pressing the shutter button can be tricky. Thankfully, in EMUI 5.1, you can enable the volume buttons to trigger the shutter, allowing you to focus on honing your composition.

 

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  • Touch to capture

The Touch to capture feature lets you trigger the shutter by touching anywhere inside the viewfinder window. The camera focuses on the area you select and takes a photo. This is especially useful for taking selfies, when you need to hold your phone further away to fit in the shot.
 

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Tips:

  • Try to touch the object or area that you want to focus on to ensure it is in focus.
  • The Touch to capture feature is not available when Wide Aperture or Pro mode are enabled.

 

 

Going hands-free

  • Timer

If you want to take a group shot, but you're short of a photographer, you can set a camera timer to give everyone time to get in-shot. All you have to do is position your phone, set the timer interval, strike a pose, and your phone will do the rest.
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Once configured, touch the shutter button to start the countdown. Your phone will take a photo automatically when the timer reaches zero.

  • Audio control

If you need to go completely hands-free, try using your phone's audio control feature to capture photos. This feature is great for taking selfies and group shots. All you have to do is enable this feature, shout "Cheese", and the shutter is triggered automatically.
 

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To finish off, we tested out the timer feature to show you just what you can achieve.

 

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To take a photo like the one above, simply find something to prop up your phone (a bag or bottle), set the timer, and then get in position. Whoever said you can't take good photos when you're on your own?

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