Huawei P20 Milky Way Galaxy

Photo credit: Daniel K. Cheong via Peta Pixel

No, photographer Daniel K. Cheong from the UAE did not use an expensive DSLR to capture this incredible photo of the Milky Way, but rather just a Huawei P20 Pro smartphone. How? First, he mounted the phone to a tripod, and then used its Camera Pro mode at ISO 1600, 20s, and f/1.8. “I currently on Reunion Island, which has a very clear night sky free of light pollution, so it was the ideal conditions to test astrophotography with the Huawei P20 Pro,” the photographer told PetaPixel. Continue reading for another hands-on video and more information.

“Camera Pro mode allows the user to manually control all the phone’s camera settings. Cheong experimented with the same range of values he shoots with on his DSLR before settling on ISO 1600 and an exposure time of 20 seconds (the f/1.8 aperture is fixed). What resulted was a DNG raw file that Cheong then edited using Adobe Camera Raw, adjusting white balance, clarity, vibrance, contrast, and noise reduction,” reports Peta Pixel.