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.
Samsung Galaxy A71 Review
A solid choice
Samsung started the year with an awesome upper midranger — the Samsung Galaxy A71
It looks more fresh and premium than the older A-series smartphones with its punch cutout, and rectangular camera module which closely resembles the recently launched Galaxy Note 10 Lite.
Although it doesn’t feature a tougher gorilla glass, it’s “glasstic” back still feels premium on hand. Even when you have tiny hands, you’ll enjoy holding it thanks to its rounded corners, slim build, and light weight.
The prismatic styling shines well in certain angles. Other than the Prism Crush Blue colorway, it’s also available in Prism Crush Silver, Black, and Pink.
The Galaxy A71’s screen size is massive at 6.7 inches. Watching K-Pop music videos will pop even more with its Super AMOLED Plus display that produces stunning colors. The screen bezels are crazy thin, which maximizes your viewing experience.
Although there’s no LED light for notifications, always-on display will help you see them at a glance.
The punch hole cutout might be a little bit distracting, especially since it stands out over bright backdrops. But maybe that’s just us nitpicking.
The Galaxy A71 feaures a quad-rear camera setup: 64MP f/1.8 wide, 12MP f/2.2 ultra-wide, 5MP f/2.2 depth, and 5MP f/2.4 macro.
It’s great when you shoot in daylight. Even with ultra-wide mode, it gives plenty of vibrance and detail. But when you take low-light shots, night mode falls a bit short. Most shots look blurry, if not grainy.
Contrast and sharpness level of the 32MP front cam might be too much. So consider editing your selfies to impress your crush.
Even with Gyro-EIS, videos might sometimes look wobbly and warped. But don’t worry! It’s still an awesome camera in most cases.
The internals of the smartphone will not disappoint you: Qualcomm Snapdragon 730, Adreno 618, 6/8GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage that’s expandable up to 512GB via MicroSD.
It’s fast and buttery smooth with its near flagship-grade chipset. Even software experience is seamless with the latest Android 10 + One UI 2.
You can binge-watch multiple episodes of your favorite K-Drama, as the 4500mAh battery will last you around a day or two. Worried about charging speeds? It comes with a super fast 25W charger right out of the box.
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Regardless of the higher price tag than the competition, the Galaxy A71 is a solid smartphone and a good choice altogether.
You might find other compelling options around this price range, but at the end of the day, you’ll enjoy using this phone as well as the perks that come from Samsung.
Get Frizz-free Curls with the Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer
Curly-haired girls problems
All curly-haired women have been in the same situation at some point. Putting out a ton of effort in the morning when it comes to styling. Saying a morning prayer where you ask the universe to cooperate, begging for a good hair day. All these only to be messed with by the elements come lunchtime. With the right hair tool and some products that will ensure your curls stay intact, you can preserve your locks and keep them looking neat for much longer. Let us show you how.
PayMaya: #ScanToPay for more savings
Stack your savings
So you have your grocery money and you’re ready to spend all of it. That’s great! But did you know that if you use PayMaya, you can get some of that money back?
For instance, here at Landers Superstore, PayMaya is the preferred payment option. From now until April 20, 2020, you get a five percent (5%) cashback every time you shop.
You can also get one percent (1%), ten percent (10%), or one hundred percent (100%) cashback for every QR transaction with PayMaya. You can earn a maximum of PhP 500 during the promo period!
The only thing you need to do is use your PayMaya account and scan to pay. Imagine how much you save whenever you scan to pay for your groceries. Awesome, right?
You can enjoy more rewards like this in other PayMaya preferred grocery stores. Basta grocery shopping, don’t pay cash. PayMaya!
If you don’t have PayMaya yet, download the app now and use our code GDGTMTCHPYMY to instantly get PhP 50 in your account.
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