Nabil Rosman , via OnePlus 9 Pro , May 6, 2021 : (Approximately 1000 words, reading time 3-4 minutes) A Hasselblad Master, Nabil Rosman is the winner of the prestigious Hasselblad Project//21 (Under 21) category. Nabil specializes in framing emotions using vibrant, humanistic imagery. How do you take portraits in natural light using the OnePlus 9 Pro? When I first heard about the OnePlus 9 Pro and the collaboration with Hasselblad, I was a bit stunned – especially considering such a prestigious camera company with an iconic history, was willing to work with a flagship-killer smartphone company. Having owned a Hasselblad camera, it wasn't immediately obvious how Hasselblad would integrate their signature Hasselblad Natural Colour Solution (HNCS) into a device that could fit into my palm (yes, I have a big hand). At first, I doubted whether this collaboration could even succeed; and, as an Apple user myself, I have always leaned towards the iPhone as my primary camera phone. But, how the tables have turned (yes, I did that ). With just five shots, I was completely blown away by the capability of the OnePlus 9 Pro's camera. The color? Well, it’s Hasselblad, what more can I say? The details? Crisp and sharp, but not excessively so. So, with the OnePlus 9 Pro in hand, I challenged myself to shoot portraits illuminated only with natural light. I wanted to prove that anyone with this incredible device, using just a splash of creativity, can capture exceptional images! Let’s start with how to correctly use natural light. For photography, the most ideal natural light source is during the golden hour – shortly after sunrise or before sunset. Mornings and evenings offer the softest light with the shallower sun casting subtler shadows. With the sun at a sharper angle, you’re also left with many more shadows. My advice is to let the light accentuate the side of your subject’s face instead of the front to emphasize shadows. These help to create natural contrast and depth, while dynamically conveying emotion and intensity. Make sure to turn on UltraShot HDR to reveal the stunning contrast between the deepest shadows and the brightest highlights in the sky. Or you can opt for Pro Mode, and set your shutter speed to 1/60 – 1/100, depending on whether you want to capture motion in your photo. You can also use ISO to balance out your photo. In my home country of Malaysia, the mornings are more muted, with hazy afternoons and the evenings often lit with thunderstorms. With dawn and sunset not really ideal choices, midday shots are the only viable option. Shade and overcast skies typically have a cooler, softer appearance, since the lighting is more diffuse and spread across the entire sky; the absence of direct sunlight results in subtler textures, with reflections on smooth surfaces appearing more diluted and subdued. The color of such light is also more heavily influenced by light reflected from nearby objects. Many photographers tend to avoid this type of lighting but doing so is often a mistake. Depending on the degree of cloud cover, bright overcast light can be especially ideal for outdoor portraits since it doesn't cast harsh shadows across the subject's face. The OnePlus 9 Pro's Natural Color Calibration, together with the large IMX789 camera sensor, brings out the most from outdoor portraits – you still retain all the rich colors while preserving the inky shadows when using the Auto Mode (high resolution). For the composition, many photographers tend to use the wide-angle lens exclusively for landscape photography; honestly, I think that's a missed opportunity. With the right composition, the wide-angle lens is great for portraiture to enhance perspective, but the proportions can end up looking distorted. However, thanks to the Freeform Lens that OnePlus has implemented, it’s the best wide-angle lens I’ve ever used on a smartphone. Colors captured with the main camera were consistently striking, being natural and filled with rich detail. Significantly, there is almost no edge distortion, elevating portraiture to the next level. Simply move around your subject, and change your vantage point for perfect composition. Don’t just take images directly facing your subject! Ask them to change position, capture motion from their hair to add a slight blur to your shot – every element helps to tell your story. This storytelling sets the images free, making them dynamic and unexpected; it also helps to set the mood, this is especially important for high-impact portrait photography. Finally, use a light reflector. Even an inexpensive one (like white/silver cardboard) does a great job in filling the shadows or block distracting light. You can redirect sunlight from a silver or even gold reflector to create another light source to prevent backlit subjects from appearing as silhouettes – alternatively, the black underside can be used to create deeper shadows. Reflectors can even be used to fan air, lifting the subject’s hair to add even more life to your portrait! Static and sharp photography is not ideal, imbuing motion into portrait shots makes all the difference! A photo taken directly from the OnePlus 9 Pro is effortlessly easy. You can still do minor post-production tweaks. My mobile app of choice is Adobe Lightroom, to emphasize shadows and instill more contrast. This is, by far, the best camera system I have ever used on a phone. It feels amazing in your hand, it produces stunning images. For photographers, the OnePlus 9 Pro delivers some of the most natural colors – vibrant but not over-saturated. And if you ever need a 12-bit RAW file? It's perfect for that too! Unedited vs Edited More photos from the shooting! Let me know which one you like best! Finally, we are reaching the end of this workshop! It's an honor to be in the Community to share my photography experience with you guys. I guess some of you might have questions about the content, please prepare your questions and I will host an AMA for you guys if you are interested! Thank you for going through the entire workshop! I hope it can help you in your daily photo shooting!