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Making sure that your subject is well-lit is a basic rule people abide by when taking any photo. It’s easy to think that capturing Instagrammable scenes should be reserved only for when there’s enough light. What do you do then if the most beautiful moments happen without the sun?

With a little help of technology, you can preserve your memory of watching hot air balloons fly over sunrise in Cappadocia and Istanbul’s iconic buildings after sunset. Here are some tips on how you can get creative and achieve Instagrammable shots using Ultra Dark Mode on the OPPO Reno2:

1. Wake up early for sunrise

If sunrise is at 7:00, wake up and get ready at 4:00 am. When you’re trying to capture the sky change from gray to blue to a beautiful gradient as sunlight spreads over the horizon, you’d be surprised at how fast it will all happen.

2. Climb a rooftop for sunset

We tend to take sunsets for granted because we catch them almost anywhere. When traveling, try to find a spot with an overlooking view of the town or city you’re in. You can climb a rooftop to get a different perspective than what you’re used to and watch the sky and the clouds explode with colors, and see the lights turn on one by one.

3. Stay for blue hour

Most people leave and pack their cameras as soon as the sun goes down, but blue hour is just as beautiful, if not even more. Capturing landscapes durning the few minutes of vibrant blue sky when buildings and structures are still visible — but with little artificial lights turned on — registers better in photos than when you try to take them during sunset. Unless you’re not trying to get a silhouette shot, that is.

4. Use shadows for portraits

Who says you can’t take portraits after sunset? Look for patterns using available props and create shadows on your subject using artificial light. You’d be surprised with what you can capture.

5. Illuminate impossible scenarios

With Tripod Mode, you can expose subjects longer and essentially allow the Reno2 to see in the dark. You can also use this mode to light complicated subjects evenly, like the iconic Hagia Sofia even when all you’re relying on are tiny spotlights. Just make sure to put the phone down somewhere stable if you don’t have a tripod with you for a crisper shot.


This feature was produced in collaboration between GadgetMatch and OPPO.

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ASUS Vivobook 15 OLED Hands-On

A chunky, OLED infused, daily companion

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Vivobook 15 OLED

ASUS has been known for stylish laptops, especially for their Vivobook lineup. But it is choosing reliability and function over grandeur looks for the Vivobook 15 OLED.

It sports a 15.6-inch FHD OLED Pantone validated display giving it extra punch over traditional LCD displays. This means it’s better whether it’s for play or for watching your favorite video over and over again.

It’s also great for video calls on the go and getting work done while being pleasing to the eyes.

The Vivobook 15 OLED is thick, sturdy, and powerful. It’s equipped with several USB ports and an HDMI port for your presentations, a microSD card reader, and a headphone jack. This is all so you can have a faster, more seamless workflow.

The keyboard has an iconic design along with a classic number keypad. It’s powered by Intel’s 11th Gen processor along with 4GB DDR4 RAM and 512GB SSD.

Thus laptop is a reliable daily companion and it could very well be your GadgetMatch.

Vivobook 15 OLED pricing are as follows:


This feature is a collaboration between GadgetMatch and ASUS Philippines.

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OPPO Find N First Look

A quick look at OPPO’s first foldable

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Find N

The OPPO Find N — the company’s first foldable — seems a lot like just a smaller Samsung Galaxy Z Fold (2/3, doesn’t matter really). But there’s more to OPPO’s first attempt at a foldable than what initially meets the eye.

It’s smaller so it’s easier to hold and pocket, but the screen aspect ratio and orientation feels quite different from the Galaxy Fold. The OPPO Find N seems friendlier to tinier hands as it measures at 5.49″ when folded and 7.1″ when unfolded.

There are plenty of cameras to go around too. First, the main camera module at the rear. Here are the numbers:

Main Camera:

50MP Sony IMX766 1/1.56″
f/1.8; Equivalent Focal Length 24mm; 6P Lens; OIS

Ultra Wide Camera:

16MP Sony IMX481
f/2.2; Equivalent Focal Length 14mm; 5P Lens

Telephoto Camera:

13MP Samsung S5K3M5
f/2.4; Equivalent Focal Length 52mm; 5P Lens

Naturally, that’s not all since we still have the front cameras for both the inner and outer display. Thankfully, they are the exact same cameras — 32MP Sony IMX615 f/2.4.

Some sample shots are available on the video.

Everywhere else, the OPPO Find N is an undeniable flagship on paper. It’s powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chip and comes in two configuration options: 8GB+256GB and 12GB+512GB. It also supports 5G connectivity and has the ColorOS 12 based on Android 11 for its operating system. Also, it has a side-mounted fingerprint scanner for security.

The foldable has a 4,500mAh battery capacity with support for 33W SUPERVOOC charge (fast wired), 15W AIRVOOC (wireless charging compatible with Q), and 10W reverse charging so you can charge other accessories should it ever be necessary.

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Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2: Feel like a pro

Mobile gaming leveled up

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Legion Phone Duel 2

Wanna feel like a pro when playing mobile games? Then you gotta get your hands on the Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2!

Yes, it’s a gaming phone and it has crazy specs.

  • Snapdragon 888 5G
  • Adreno 660 GPU
  • Up to 16GB RAM
  • Up to 512GB Storage
  • 6.92” AMOLED DISPLAY
  • HDR10+
  • 144Hz Refresh Rate
  • 720Hz Touch Sampling Rate
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 5

These numbers are great but fall short in showing this phone’s brilliance. You get the Legion Realm app to manage your gaming experience. On it, you can switch to Rampage Mode to boost your gameplay and connectivity.

The Legion Phone Duel 2 is built more like a mobile console than a phone. It has octa-triggers that function like shoulder buttons on controllers. These are perfect for sports and shooter games like PUBG.

It keeps things cool with the twin-turbo fan. And it takes things further by letting you stream your gameplay.

While on any game, access the Legion Realm app and fire up the 44MP front-facing camera. You can choose to stream directly to YouTube or Twitch! Now, you can show-off how good you really are.

When the 5,500mAh battery is close to running out, you can quickly juice up with the dual charging ports and the 90W power brick. You’ll go straight to 100 percent in just 30 minutes.

If you want to level up your mobile gaming, the Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2 is the absolute choice. It starts at PhP 34,995.

SEE ALSO:
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2 review: A mini content machine
How to start streaming with the Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2: Price and availability in the Philippines

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