Posted on Nov 4th, 2018
In this post I want to share some photos I’ve took during a night portrait session, using the OnePlus 6T smartphone.
The situation was quite challenging since we shot after the sunset in some of the darkest and tiny streets of Florence: my goal was, first of all, to not get around too many tourists in the pictures, then to control the light.
For this series of photos, my setup, besides the OnePlus 6T camera using the Portrait Mode, was a strip LED light from Yongnuo. This led light looks almost like a laser sword, or, if you allow me to compare, to an air traffic light signal! 🙂
In any case, this Yongnuo LED light is doing his function quite good: you can set the intensity of the LED light and balance the color getting a warmer light to compensate better the front and background.
One of the things I want to point out is that only shooting with the smartphone I was able to control the session alone. With the light in one hand and the smartphone in the other, I was able to do the photos without any extra help. With a camera setup that would be impossible and I would have to need an assistant to help me in the shooting.
About the quality of the photos shot with the OnePlus 6T, I can say that the general quality is good! In this difficult low light situation (the camera metered from 800 to 2000 ISO!) the portrait mode works quite well, with a good mask separation from the front and the background.
The general detail zooming in is convincing. There’s offcourse some softening from the noise reduction, but I would say that the balance from noise to signal is good.