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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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Huawei Nova 5T: The phone that lets you be independent

What she needs in life are tools that help her just be who she is

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The modern woman is preoccupied with a lot of things: work, spending quality time with family and friends, learning new skills, self-care, maybe even finding romance. She has a lot going on, so what she needs in life are tools that help her just be who she is.

When it comes to smartphones, the Huawei Nova 5T is a phone she can rely on. With its super fast fingerprint unlock and 8GB of memory, she won’t need to do any more waiting than she already does in her day to day.

Having 128GB of storage, she can take as many photos and videos as she wants. And the flagship Kirin 980 processor assures her that she can do anything she ought to do and multitask like the career woman that she is. No compromises here.

Who says a girl needs an Instagram boyfriend? The 32MP selfie camera on the Huawei Nova 5T lets her take wide-angle and beautiful selfies and outfit shots all on her own, without having to rely on anyone else. And those cameras at the back give her professional-like photos, too. No more boring photos.

The modern woman hustles and stays connected and the Nova 5T can stay on with her for for as long as she needs it to be. When it runs out of juice, it gets up to 50% in just 30 minutes.


This feature was produced in collaboration between GadgetMatch and Huawei Philippines.

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5 creative ways to make your photos more interesting with the Huawei Nova 5T

You can do almost anything with a smartphone camera

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Tired of taking and posting the same photos? Fortunately smartphones these days are packed with features that were not even possible on tiny smartphone cameras until recently. Huawei’s latest midrange powerhouse offers a lot — from a flagship processor to a capable quad-camera setup. Here are five creative ways to add variety to the photos you can take using the Huawei Nova 5T.

1) Capture the bigger picture with the 16MP Ultra Wide Angle Camera

2) Take photos even without sunlight with Super Night Mode

3) Make your subjects stand out with Aperture Mode

4) Own your OOTDs and selfies with the 32MP Selfie Camera

5) Make heartfelt messages with your images with Light Painting

What are your favorite camera tricks? Share them with us in the comments section below.


This feature was produced in collaboration between GadgetMatch and Huawei Singapore.

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Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 leaks, Redmi vs Realme: The Rewind

It’s a megapixel party

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Here are the top stories on GadgetMatch this week.

1. Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 leaks

Xiaomi’s 108-megapixel camera phone might finally have a name — and it’s a familiar one.

Leaks suggest that the phone Xiaomi has been teasing is the Mi Mix 4 and the camera isn’t the only thing that stands out about it.  In fact it might have four lenses. Joining the main shooter are a 16-megapixel superwide lens

A 12-megapixel lens, and a periscope lens.

According to rumors we could be looking at a phone powered by the Snapdragon 855 Plus with 12GB of RAM and 1TB of internal storage. Supporting the massive specs is a 4,500mAh battery that supports 30W fast charging. Those numbers are insane.

The rumor also suggests the Mi Mix 4 might come with 5G and will re-introduce the headphone jack to the Mi Mix lineup.

There are no details about the front-facing camera. So we don’t know for sure if it’s sliding mechanism similar to the Mi Mix 3 or if we will finally see the under display camera that Xiaomi teased a while back.

We won’t find out for sure until September — that is if that rumored month of announcement also holds true.

2. Phones with 64MP cameras finally named 

It appears Xiaomi and Realme are on the path to a head-on collision

Earlier in the year, Realme teased a photo taken with a 64MP camera with Realme’s watermark on it. Just weeks ago, Xiaomi also announced that they’re working on a phone with 64MP cameras. It didn’t take too long for both companies to reveal the names of the handsets.

Redmi’s general manager shared an image taken with the 64MP camera with the phone name clearly showing Redmi Note 8 Pro.  Digging deeper, leaks suggest the phone will sport a whopping 5,000mAh battery and will be powered by the gaming-centric MediaTek Helio G90T processor A chip that hopes to rival Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855.

Over on the Realme side, the company recently launched the Realme 5 series but towards the end of the event they also teased their 64MP camera phone — the Realme XT. Rumors suggest it will sport the Snapdragon 855 plus further solidifying the potential clash that these two phones are in for.

Redmi though will be officially launching on August 29th and we might not see the Realme XT until end of September or early October.

3. Huawei in ‘battle mode’ amid US turmoil

Huawei just can’t stay out of the news.

After Trump’s latest pledge to ease Huawei’s restrictions, the US government has yet to deliver the goods. Earlier this year, Huawei gained a 90-day temporary operating license. That license has expired this week but the US government extended the license for another 90 days. Huawei isn’t happy since it still means they are in limbo.

Huawei’sCEO Ren Zhengfei issued an all-hands-on-deck ultimatum for his employees implying that underperformers will be sacked. The CEO remains determined and optimistic saying Huawei will “survive” and that they will “dominate the world.”

4. Xiaomi, OPPO, and Vivo are playing nice

File sharing in an open ecosystem like Android can be… challenging.

If you’ve experienced the wonders of Apple’s Airdrop no file sharing app really comes close. Three Chinese companies want to change that.

Xiaomi, OPPO, and Vivo have banded together forming a new cross-brand direct file transfer alliance. With this new, yet to be named file sharing feature devices of all three brands will be able to transfer files at 20 MB/s without the need of a third-party service like ShareIt.

It’s a huge step forward considering the three brands own 50% of China’s smartphone market. If this proves to be successful, it might encourage brands like Huawei to also join the fray.

5. NVIDIA GeForce Now will bring PC games to Android devices

Is cloud gaming the future?

That’s a loaded question but for now, it seems brands are gearing up for it. After the announcement of Google Stadia and Microsoft’s xCloud now comes NVIDIA’s GeForce Now. 

The cloud gaming platform has been in beta for PC, Mac, and NVIDIA Shield TV but now they’re offering something new. GeForce Now will also be available on Android.

This means you’ll be able to play Triple A games on PCs  using your Android smartphone. There is no exact date when GeForce Now will be available to the public as well as how much the platform will cost. But what it offers is promising so we will all gladly wait.


The Rewind is our roundup of top news and features you might have missed for the week. We know the world of technology can be overwhelming and not everyone has the time to get up to speed with everything — and that includes us. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the rewind.

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