OnePlus 6T camera tips and tricks: get the most out of the phone's great camera

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The OnePlus 6T was one of the most anticipated cameras in 2018. This was thanks to the OnePlus' rabid fan base and its history in offering high-end phones at an affordable price. That, and the OnePlus 6 was revealed to be one of the very best Android phones of 2017. 

The OnePlus 6T is a supercharged OnePlus 6. The camera has had a number of tweaks, but these are more on the software side of things, rather than the hardware. In fact, if you look at the specs, then the camera setup is identical to the One Plus 6. 

There's a 16MP / 20MP dual rear camera setup and this is complimented with a 16MP front-facing selfie camera. Both cameras have a f1.7 aperture. Same specs, then, but that doesn't mean that OnePlus hasn't been busy with improvements. In fact, it's added two fantastic new features to the cameras: Nightscape and Studio Lighting. 

Here's some fantastic tips on how to get the best out of these modes and more. 

1. Let there be night

Nightscape is one of the big new features on the OnePlus 6T. The idea is that the feature allows you to take images at night, at speed. To access this feature, you need to head to the Night mode. Or, if you are the forgetful type, then you can go into settings and turn Auto Night Scene Detection on. Do this and, when it is night, the feature will automatically click in. The feature has also arrived on other OnePlus phones, thanks to a recent software update.

2. Take great portraits

Portrait mode on the OnePlus 6T is pretty special. Not only does it have Studio Lighting (more on this later) but it offers up a decent bokeh effect around your subject. To get this feature all you have to do is head to Portrait mode and watch as the phone automatically adds a depth effect to the scene. When taking a photo in this mode you can also change the brightness of the scene while you are shooting. 

3. The new normal

There are a number of effects that the OnePlus 6T adds to photos in its processing and while bokeh and the like look fantastic, sometimes you want to have an image saved without these effects. You can do this by heading into the camera settings and choosing Save Normal Photo. This will mean that you will have two versions of the image to choose from. 

4. Cut to the quick

Quick Shot mode is great for those that are in a hurry. Head into settings and you can find it under Quick Capture. Switch this on and you can instantly take a photo when you are in the camera app by double tapping the power button. 

5. Trip the light fantastic

Another cool feature is Studio Lighting. Head to Portrait mode and this feature gives your shots are really nice lighting sheen to them. This isn't a feature you can choose but it is baked into this mode and it really does add a light enhancement to an image. This feature is also available on both the rear and front camera. 

6. Keep it steady

The OnePlus 6T has optical image stabilization so it can handle a good deal of shake. This is good for features such as Nightscape, where long exposures are needed. If you feel like you still aren't shooting straight with the OIS then switch on the grid option and there is a line in the middle of the shot. When this line is green, then you are shooting straight. 

7. Go Pro

The Pro mode in OnePlus 6T gives you ultimate camera control. Here you can manually play with the ISO, white balance and you can also amend the shutter speed, too. This feature also has a histogram, so you can see a huge amount of detail what's really going on with the shots you are taking. 

8. Oh, baby we like it raw

When capturing images, your shots will be save in Jpeg format. But if you want to have the best amount of detail then there is raw shooting functionality. Turn this on and you will able to save in raw mode. Shooting in raw mode means that more information is captured per pixel. It is also a format that means that you can get the most out of image-editing programs such as Lightroom. 

9. HDR is the star

HDR is the new-ish buzzword in photography. When it's on it can great enhance the detail in your shots and offer a more cinematic, richer feel to your photographs. This is on by default. If you want a bit more control then you can go into settings and turn Manual HDR on and off. Turn manual on and you will be able to use HDR to your liking and the camera won't just automatically add this to your images.

10. Grid and bear it

Grids are like Marmite: some people love using them while others wouldn't be seen dead using them to compose an image because all of that is - *taps head* - up here. There are three different versions of the grid feature, depending how many squares you want the image broken into. If you are new to photography then this is something you should definitely use.