Thursday, December 1st. I entered the “Blog Fabrik“ in Berlin, Kreuzberg around 12 a.m. and a very stylish location awaited me.
Vitra chairs, white walls, delicious food alongside, photographers and bloggers were talking. What did I do there? The phone producer Huawei teamed up with a very trendy german photographer, Paul Ripke. Scheduled was a 5-hour-workshop with Paul, where the 10 participants (including me) have learned a little bit more about some simple tricks for creating good photos with the powerful dual-lens camera of the Huawei P9 and the Mate 9. What makes the camera so special? Huawei created a historic pairing with Leica for more light and better clarity.
He showed us one of his only two cameras, a 16.000 euro Leica, which is, as he would say, from war times. Paul is a very likeable guy, chaotic but uncomplicated. He made us clear how simple photography can be and that the content of a picture is decisive.
With time the monolog decreases, we started asking questions and discussed some topics. It was interesting to know how he came to photo models like George Clooney, Nico Rosberg or the german national football team.
Then it was about us. We talked a little bit about ourselves, how we became bloggers and photographers, how we feel about our work. Paul checked every of our Instagram accounts on the screen and assessed our photography skills. Talking makes hungry, so lunch was the next step for now.
After the strengthening it became theoretical. Paul introduced us to the phone’s camera and we inspected the “pro-mode“ a little bit more. Some major things like more light in a room needs a smaller number of ISO stay the same compared to a usual reflex camera. But the stunning fact is that you have all these settings on a smartphone now. The Huawei P9 and the Mate 9 are the perfect and logical solutions for all smartphone photographers.
With all our new knowledges it was time to convert theory into practice. It was our turn to shoot some creative pictures by only using the smartphones and the interior in our room. Creative mind, check. Interested in photography, check. Great camera, check. Great location, check. Logical result were some great photos at the end. We took pictures of the others, tried out some different perspectives and followed the advices of Paul. But he wanted to know, who listened most accurate to his words. He started a little competition with the Huawei P9 or Mate 9 as the winner’s prize. Who is able to shoot the best photo of Paul in 3 minutes?
Unfortunately I wasn’t the winner at the end, but Paul left some positive words about my photo. What do you think?
Before the workshop came close to the end, we talked about appropriate programs and apps for picture editing and which one Paul uses daily. He showed us how big the differences can be with one or the other correction. At the end we focussed another important topic, statistics on Instagram. I’m really thankful that I was there with other 9 talented people and Paul, who have the same interests that I have. This workshop has definitely helped me to improve my photography skills and showed me more of how far technology grew, in form of the Huawei P9.
Here are some more photos from the Huawei P9:
In collaboration with Huawei.