The other day I wrote about my new smart phone, the Realme 6 Pro, and my initial thoughts on its camera and photographic capabilities.
You also probably know I don’t much like post processing.
Despite it being spring round our way, and flowers blooming in abundance, my photography head is still in black and white (b/w) mode, so I decided to experiment with the Realme’s in camera b/w setting.
My approach in terms of using the camera is simple, as you’d expect.
Press the power button to wake the phone, swipe the camera icon up from the bottom right of the screen to activate the camera, select the 2x lens, then drop a notch back with the volume down button to 1.9x zoom (and force the camera back to its main f/1.8 and much closer focusing lens) and I’m ready to shoot.
This whole process takes about four seconds, and typically as with any camera, I’ll have the camera set up and ready in my hand, then wander about looking for shots, so I’m not going through the same steps for every single photo anyway.
The only other feature I use is tapping or holding my finger on a part of the screen to encourage the camera to focus and meter for that part, which is more necessary for close up work, where the camera tends to assume you want the whole scene in focus, and focuses accordingly.
The photos in this post are my favourite few from a recent photowalk with this b/w mode.
Overall I’m really happy.
The camera is easy to prepare, and the b/w mode seems to have enough contrast for my tastes for me to not want to race to Snapseed and slide the contrast up, which cannot be said about most cameras and their straight out of camera b/w images.
The only downside, as always with phone cameras, is it’s not ergonomically as satisfying to use as a bigger camera with a proper grip and more curved body.
Otherwise, I plan to experiment more with the Realme 6 Pro in this mode in the coming weeks.
Thanks for looking.
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