These days, selfie-taking is a skill. Like all skills, it takes practice to get to the level of mastery that will do justice to the artwork that is your face. Each great photo takes time and thought to produce — the same effort should be put in when it comes to selfies. After all, this photo will represent you.
Great selfies don’t happen just like that. Of course, like any masterpiece, it’s a learning process. But, don’t fret! We played around with Vivo’s V9 and rounded up our top tips to get you on the road to amazing selfies.
It’s all about lighting
The secret to any good photo is great lighting — and that applies even to selfies. When photographers say “find your light,” that’s no joke. Find the most flattering light source and shine it on that pretty face!
There’s no being modest about it: This is a selfie so you should be the center of attention! Make sure your background looks as great as you do or you run the risk of distracting people with whatever’s behind you. The easiest hack for this? Turn Portrait Mode on and it will instantly blur out any distractions.
Know the right settings
You may not know it but your smartphone camera can do a lot. There’s value in exploring these settings and knowing what different modes to use in multiple scenarios for the best possible shot.
Just a few quick pointers: Remember to use HDR in really bright areas to make sure you capture all the details. On the other hand, when it’s too dark to shoot, Vivo’s V9 is equipped with a soft light flash (shown above) that will produce better photos. In case you have a hard time clicking that shutter button, turning on Palm Gesture means you take photos every time you raise up your hand for easier and more natural selfies.
Don’t be afraid to get help
No one is perfect, not even those flawless Instagram celebs. We all need a little help every now and then and we shouldn’t be ashamed of it. Let’s admit it: Beauty modes are such a great quick fix for days when you’re just not feeling 100 percent. Gone are the days when these filters lead to a fake plastic look — the Vivo V9’s AI Beauty Mode, for example, instantly gives you a fresh, flawless look.
Add personality to your photos
There are a lot of things that you can do to improve your selfie game but I think this is the most important point: Let the real you shine through in all your photos. Add something a little personal to you in the photo to give it that genuine touch. A great big smile, a hearty laugh, or a signature look caught on camera is the most natural thing to see on a selfie — none of those duck faces and weird pouts because who really does those faces in real life?
We had our friend Arianne take a few selfies with these tips in mind and here are the stunning results:
What are you waiting for? Ready, set, selfie!
This feature was produced in collaboration between GadgetMatch and Vivo.
Follow these 7 artists to beautify your Twitter timeline
Make your timeline ~a e s t h e t i c~
Between all the memes, anecdotes, hot takes, and viral text and photos that make up most of the posts on Twitter, a thriving community of artists use the platform to share their work with the world. Many of them have also decided to take part in the yearly #Inktober challenge, wherein each person creates one piece of themed art for each day of October — whether using the official prompts as a guideline or adding their own spin on themes.
With just a week or so of October left, let’s celebrate seven of them that can add a touch of cute and whimsy into your social media browsing sessions. Here’s who to follow!
All my shark pals together!! 🦈🦈🦈 (sticker sheet coming soon!) pic.twitter.com/Vo2Tt3CgEP
— Ida 🍩66 days🍩 (@floofyfluff) March 28, 2018
20 dinosaurs!! 🦕🦖 pic.twitter.com/RCzEkFNsMc
— Ida 🍩66 days🍩 (@floofyfluff) September 16, 2018
Ida, or Floofyfluff, is a Swedish artist specializing in drawing cute, round creatures, often creating merchandise around them that she sells through her store, Afternoon Fika. Other than the conventionally cute puppies and birds, it’s her drawings of marine animals (like sharks), reptiles, and dinosaurs that make her stand out.
— Heikala (@heikala_art) October 12, 2018
— Heikala (@heikala_art) August 21, 2018
One illustrator currently making the most of #Inktober, her work’s themes this year focus on magic, space, and discovery. Finnish illustrator Heikala creates calming watercolor scenes and often posts the equally soothing process videos to match. Her art is also available to buy as prints and artbooks through Tictail.
— ○ (@maruti_bitamin) October 15, 2018
🖌scene painter🖌 pic.twitter.com/6ODTPsYOP9
— ○ (@maruti_bitamin) September 28, 2018
More elegant watercolor art on a Twitter feed? Don’t mind if we do! Canada-based Maru, or Koyamori, inks and paints fantasy-inspired portrait illustrations. Expect to see individuals with flowers sprouting directly out of their clothes, hair made out of seafoam, and vibrant but restrained color palettes.
Drinking game ✨ pic.twitter.com/wn9PVErBrB
— meyo 🌸 | STORE IS CLOSED UNTIL DECEMBER (@meyoco_) October 19, 2018
Milk box terrarium 🌸🌿 pic.twitter.com/ZnajY1LX7U
— meyo 🌸 | STORE IS CLOSED UNTIL DECEMBER (@meyoco_) July 24, 2018
Love pink? Get a dose of it every week by following Meyo, well-known for her pastel pink backgrounds and focus on interpreting everyday objects in surreal and fanciful ways. The highlight of her merch selection is definitely the pins — don’t miss out!
— Liya 🍂🍄🎃🌙 (@mochiipanko) October 20, 2018
— Liya 🍂🍄🎃🌙 (@mochiipanko) August 20, 2018
Liya, a Chinese interior design architecture student currently based in Germany, is known on Twitter as Mochiipanko, and her knowledge and skill when it comes to depicting spaces shows. Backgrounds and locations are lovingly detailed. Look out for her current #Inktober series, where she arranges witches, plants, and windows in visually stunning sets.
Cool Blue 14 – The shade pic.twitter.com/cO1hNItaxO
— N*Kim (@nkim_illustrate) August 15, 2018
My favorites for 2017! 😀😀😀 Time sure flies by! pic.twitter.com/6tv67u5XLU
— N*Kim (@nkim_illustrate) December 8, 2017
Nadia Kim loves working with color. It’s worth going through her entire selection of work to see just how much can be done using a few main colors in different shades. On the other hand, she’s also great at drawing adorable and delicious-looking desserts.
bad luck pic.twitter.com/pKjbKwPHyL
— vacuum (@vacuum_chan) August 18, 2018
long gone pic.twitter.com/tSPquaR0aO
— vacuum (@vacuum_chan) May 9, 2018
For kawaii with a rebellious edge, Vacuum’s your girl. Women are the stars in her work, and when drawn in elaborate clothing and sporting demon horns, fangs, and wings, makes for striking and compelling illustrations. Warning for fashion envy: You’d wish you owned the clothes her girls are sporting.
Lumos Candle is a real candle that lights up with a press of a button
Because why not?
Technology these days have no doubt reached unimaginable heights. From talking refrigerators to robot dogs, we’ve seen a lot of weird but amazing things. But, nothing will prepare you for the mind-blowing, but probably useful innovation one Korean company brings to the table. These are Lumos Candles.
They may look like your typical candles — and they are — except with one press of a button, they light up.
That’s right. No need for matches, or lighters. With one touch, actual flame ignites on the candle’s wick.
Lumos credits “the principle of electric discharge” for this tech, but I’m still not entirely sure what that means. All I know is that this candle can actually light up with one quick press and I am losing my mind.
Since it’s a real candle, it does get spent. But, you can simply replace it with a refill candle and you are ready to get lit (pun intended)!
The pad, on the other hand, is charged via a micro-USB cable. One charge cycle is good for four months if you use it four times a day.
The handmade soy candles are made without paraffin and come in a variety of scents which include vanilla, lavender, and even fresh cotton.
The candles ship out November of 2018, and the basic starter pack with two candles and a pad is priced at US$ 58. Check out Lumos’ Indiegogo page here.
Mighty music player: Is this what replaces the iPod in 2018?
Why this music player is still relevant
Today’s time sees the extinction of all other devices as the smartphone becomes the one machine that can do everything. But, what if we don’t want to do it all? What if what you need is something that’s so simple it only does (gasp!) one thing?
Music and only music
This is the premise of the Mighty music player. At a time when iPods have all but died, there’s a demand for a simple machine that’ll allow us to listen to our music without the hassle of having to bring our phones. This tiny device can do that and in updated 2018 terms — yep, it plays streaming music from your Spotify account no matter where you are.
The Mighty music player is a tiny device, no bigger than what iPod Nanos used to be. This small thing will definitely fit in whatever purse you bring.
Its face is all buttons and a tiny LED light. On the back is a simple clip.
There’s only one port on this thing, an audio port that’s used for both charging and earphones on the top side.
Mighty works by accessing your Spotify account. Unlike iPods that stored music data, this thing just streams playlists from the app. You’d need to download the Might app, connect your player, and pick playlists to be copied before you can get down to actual fuss-free listening.
Once that’s done, you can take your Mighty anywhere and play your music anywhere — or at least, the playlists you’ve downloaded on to Mighty. Take note that as of now, you can only copy playlists and not artists, albums, or anything else.
Imagine all the possibilities. You can now go to the gym without any alerts or distractions; take that jog outside without having to worry about carrying your smartphone! Heck, you can even zone out on your commute without having to fiddle around your bag to find your phone and play that song you’re in the mood for.
In today’s technology-tangled time, things are just getting more complicated and we’re just given more and more tasks and distractions. The Mighty player brings you back to simpler times. Well, simpler times where music streaming and Spotify exist!
Think about it: Uninterrupted sounds without having to worry about carrying your phone, message alerts that come in, or phone battery time. Isn’t that the dream?
Mighty says it’s the reality.
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