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How to take the perfect selfie

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In the renaissance era, there were self portraits; in the age of social media, seflies!

One too many times I’ve seen people post subpar selfies, and although this may seem like no big deal, it is.

Not only are these photographs physical expressions of your likeness, they are a representation of you and your aesthetic sensibilities.

In short, no matter how silly or useless you think selfies are, they still say a lot about you. That being said, here are some foolproof tips on how you can achieve that perfect photograph.

1. Find the light

When taking photographs, natural light works best. Well-lit open areas are the most ideal spots. Make sure the light isn’t too harsh, as this may wash out your features.

Pro tip: “Golden hour” is the perfect time to take selfies outdoors. This is the time of day when the sun is just about to set — it’s perfect natural lighting.

Literally “find your light” and make sure you don’t go against any light source when taking photos, because you may end up with dark, blurry shots.

But as with all things, there are exceptions. Sometimes, going against the light may work to your advantage. Depending on what camera you use and what your photography settings are, being against the light can also add to the photo’s drama.

2. Be the focus

In life and in selfies, you should always strive to be the center of attention. This is easily doable by taking selfies against any simple backdrop that isn’t too cluttered or busy.

Pro tip: Dual-camera phones usually have a bokeh feature which blurs out the background and automatically makes you the photograph’s focal point.

Normal vs. Bokeh mode

This works wonders for when the background is too busy, but you just really need to take a selfie.

3. Don’t go overboard with editing

It pays to have instant beautification mode on your selfie camera because it automatically makes you look fresh on days when you’re not feeling 100 percent super. But, too much of something is never a good thing, and this applies to photo buffing, as well.

The goal here is to blur out slight imperfections and not your face. It’s a selfie after all, so it should showcase your face, and not turn you into Voldemort!

4. Invest in a decent camera

Gone are the days of VGA phone cameras! These days, most smartphones carry power-packed shooters.

Traditionally, rear phone cameras were considered the main shooters and usually had better photo capabilities than front-facing cameras. This isn’t necessarily the case anymore. With the selfie revolution at hand, brands have recognized the need for optimizing front-facing snappers.

The Vivo V5 Plus has a 20-megapixel selfie camera!

Take note: no matter how cute you are in it, a crappy photo will always be a crappy photo. Quality selfies are key!

5. Relax, be genuine

The best version of yourself, whether in photographs or in real life, is the genuine version. If you are uncomfortable, it will show in photographs!

Pro tip: Just be yourself and smile — think happy thoughts!

Remember to never settle for less than perfect when it’s your face you’re portraying!

Taking photos with these basic rules may take some getting used to, but today’s technology just makes it easier for us. You’ll be a selfie expert in no time!

Ready, set, selfie!

SEE ALSO: Vivo V5 Plus Hands-On Review

 


This feature was produced in collaboration between GadgetMatch and Vivo.

Camera Shootouts

Flagship Smartphone Camera Shootout: Best of 2017

Find out which premium smartphone comes out on top

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The iPhone X, Pixel 2, Mate 10 Pro, and Galaxy Note 8 — they may all look different, but they share one important feature: an excellent set of cameras.

Join us as we compare photos taken by each of these flagship smartphones around Indonesia and Singapore. Which shooter comes out on top? Watch and find out!

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Dyson V8 Carbon Fibre cordless vacuum hands-on

The future of housekeeping

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Made a mess? Dyson’s got you.

The V8 Carbon Fibre, the newest addition to Dyson’s renowned cordless vacuum line, has just been launched in Southeast Asia.

The new cleaning device utilizes the same technology from previous Dyson innovations, which ensures optimum performance of this lean, mean, cleaning machine. Certain features — like a better battery and a more powerful engine — are improved on this new vacuum release.

Dyson engineer Sam Twist explains what the V8 Carbon Fibre can do

Dyson engineer Sam Twist explains what the V8 Carbon Fibre can do

At the launch in Bangkok, Thailand, I got to go hands-on with the device. Quite literally, I made a mess and cleaned it up with the V8 Carbon Fibre. Here are some initial observations:

Easy to handle

What amazed me most is how intuitive this device is. There was no learning curve. I picked it up for the first time, pulled a trigger that’s perfectly positioned in the area where my hand goes, and voila, I was vacuuming!

Now, call me uninformed on the workings of a vacuum (and general housekeeping) but I always thought vacuums were heavy. At least I didn’t expect something with this power to be as light as it was.

Like their Supersonic hairdryer, the V8 Carbon Fibre is ergonomically balanced. Simply put, it’s designed in a way that ensures easier handling.

Power!

This engine, tiny and light as it is, isn’t just a load of hot air (pun intended).

This device has 30 percent more suction power than its predecessors. That capability was shown off in a curious exhibition, one that entailed a vacuum-sealed container and some water. Yep, this vacuum sucks, in the best possible way.

This device tests the vaccum’s suction power! You can see the water rising as the device is turned on.

From corn chips to oregano, sprinkles to baking soda; we tried the vacuum and another Isa-made mess was averted.

Leave no dirt in sight

And, if the newly cleaned surface isn’t enough proof for you, you can just take a gander at the dirt you’ve picked up in the vacuum’s compartment.

This machine runs on an improved battery that’s capable of 40 minutes of non-stop, cord-free cleaning on low mode.

Very versatile

Aside from the fact that it’s a pretty capable machine, this thing also works well on different surfaces and different scenarios.

Different Dyson-engineered heads allow for cleaning a variety of textured spaces. There’s a tool specifically designed for carpets, hardwood floors, mattresses, and even one for “mess-free dog grooming!” Various accessories also mean that you can modify your vacuum specifically for the spot you want to clean — imagine a multi-angle brush attachment that allows you to clean hard to reach areas.

An added feature is that these vacuums have a wall-mounted charging dock, which is the most convenient thing. I’m definitely reserving a spot for this device in my future hypothetical high-tech house!

Now, these are just my initial thoughts on the V8 Carbon Fibre, but it’s enough to get me excited over vacuuming — who would’ve thought?

Quite honestly, I’ve never really enjoyed cleaning up my messes, but this thing might just change that.

The Dyson V8 Carbon Fibre will retail for PhP 47,500 in the Philippines starting February 21. It will be available in Thailand come March.

SEE ALSO: Dyson Supersonic review: Bladeless hair dryer

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CES 2018

Episode 001: Getting lost at the world’s largest tech show

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In this first epidose of GadgetMatch Podcast we talk about the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2018) which just wrapped up in Las Vegas. Michael Josh and Isa share behind the scenes challenges of covering the world’s largest tech show. And the team talks about the most attention grabbing tech from the show including an entire range of Artificial Intelligence and Google Assistant gadgets, Vivo’s new phone with an in-display fingerprint sensor, Sony’s new robot dog, and Razer’s Project Linda.

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