HTC's got quite the low light shooter with their new HTC One, thanks to its impressive UltraPixel camera. So what's the best way to test it? Take it out for a night on the town. Samuel Morgan, party photographer and owner/operator of The Photo Booth Party, took the HTC One with him to see Rebecca, Amanda, Rachel, and Alice (aka, the Roulettes) play at a DIY-rock show deep in Brooklyn — and see what it could do. Flip through the gallery above to see Sam's adventures with the Roulettes and the HTC One.
As a non-Android user for many, many years, I've been hesitant to stray, but this experience changed all of that. For a phone with a really big screen, the HTC One didn't feel bulky or heavy. It even fit in my (semi-slim-fit jeans) pocket with ease.
The camera on the One feels like having ten image editing/filtration apps all in one place. I especially enjoyed how you can apply image styles and filtration while shooting. The sensitivity to light is unparalleled — and we reeeeally put it to the test in a dark loft show in Bushwick.
This first shot was taken at the top end of a bunch of shots made in rapid succession. Turning off the image review combined with the One's super fast processor makes it so easy to take a ton of shots and review them later.
The HTC One rules. Period. Do I really have to give it back?
This was one of my favorite looks for shooting the Roulettes during their set. The filtration transformed the dimly lit stage into an almost black-lit glow of blues and reds.
The black-and-white mode looked really, really good in the super low light. Even though the stage was lit with just a few little clamp lights with 40-watt bulbs, the One was able to capture the Roulettes in action.
The sepia tone filtration in this shot I liked almost as much as the black-and-white. The subtle vignetting around the edges was perfect for a shot with lots of negative space.
I couldn't get over how, even in the darkest light conditions, I was still able to get pretty clear shots even as the band was moving around the stage.
As this was the Roulettes' last show with long-time drummer, Amanda, I wanted to make sure to take some "formal" band portraits. We wandered down into the creepy basement of the venue (one of the only areas with a little light) and, in true Roulettes fashion, they managed to make it look pretty. The vignetting and hue shift feature built into the One's camera app were perfect for this space because it had a nasty yellow light.
This filter added a blue tint to the shadows, which really helped tone down the overly yellow light in the creepy venue basement.
The focus vignette (and ability to increase or decrease the size of it) while shooting was really cool. I'm still amazed at how these shots came out in such a dark stairwell.
I wanted to be sure to include the peace-loving alien monsters hanging out on either side of the band, so the ability to change the aspect ratio in-camera came in handy.
Alice was not just wearing an eyepatch to feel especially pirate-y, she actually injured her eye. I took several shots of her because she looked cool, but the black-and-white ones with flash were best, by far. I was super impressed with how, even at close range, the flash meter was spot on, and produced a crisp, smooth image.
Combining filters was fun. I hate cold green light, so skewing the hue shift towards magenta was an easy solution for the harsh, fluorescent light. After taking the shot, I added the focus vignette to bring your eye to the center of the image and blur out part of the roll-down gate behind the band.