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I shot a wedding using an iPhone 11 Pro

Not exactly a professional photographer

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Before I get accused of being misleading, I’d like to clarify that I was not hired as the official photographer. I was just a guest who wanted to take a few snaps and I happened to have the iPhone 11 Pro with me.

I figured these are the types of life events we would all want to capture using our smartphones. Smartphones that promise to deliver quality photos. So I did my best capturing what I could without getting in the way of the official photographer and videographers.

One last note before we proceed, the photos have been resized for faster loading. They also underwent post-processing on VSCO — one of our favorite mobile photo editing apps. Why? Because it’s not a crime to post-process your photos. *gasps*

“No filter” photos are cool and all, but a little post-processing to bring out the images in your vision is not something you should be ashamed of. In fact, it’s part of the whole process.

Okay, I’ve rambled enough. Let’s get to the wedding!

A beautiful venue

The wedding was held at this beautiful little church in Orani, Bataan.

Inside are these wooden fixtures with words taken from the Bible. Specifically 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 which talks about what love is.

 

The wedding’s theme had to do with colors. The guests were specifically asked to not wear black and white. In keeping with the theme, the groom wore this colorful corsage. Also, look at the smile on his face! Dude’s ready to get hitched.

Not long after, the wedding ceremony started. I couldn’t get a clear shot of the bride’s walk to the altar. That’s because I wasn’t trying to be that a**hole that got in the way of the official videographers.

 

The ceremony proceeded without any hitches. The mass took longer than I would like but hey, it’s their day and I’m just blessed to be witness to it.

That’s the official photographer right there

I was seated fairly close to the altar but not close enough to get shots without using the digital zoom. This is one of those days that I wish I had the OPPO Reno 10X Zoom or the Huawei P30 Pro with me. I used both for a good chunk this year, and I could have used the zoom on this event.

That said, the digital zoom on the iPhone 11 Pro isn’t that bad. I still managed to catch the kiss!

What a lovely sight! 😍

The wedding wrapped up so it was time for some commemorative photos. Here’s the bride and groom with some of the principal sponsors.

Now, here they are with the groomsmen and the bridesmaids.

You know what’s next? The reception!

A lovely view

The reception was held at Vista Tala still in Orani, Bataan. It’s a resort and recreational park that’s home to a stunning view.

Over to the right of the reception venue is a view of the mountains of Zambales. It’s breathtaking.

Moving closer to the reception venue, you’ll see front and center the initials of the newly-weds in this nicely decorated spot.

Before entering, guests are encouraged to write a message for the couple.

Moving even closer, you’ll see the cake. Yes, that whole thing is edible.

After a bit of a delay, the newly-weds arrived dancing and we got the party started.

Resuming the program, the groom’s father and the bride’s mother gave their messages for the couple.

 

After a wardrobe change, the two shared their first dance as a married couple.

We were then treated to a quick game between the two. It was a just a little quiz about who wakes up earlier and who does most of the chores. They were mostly in agreement. I think. 😂

I might have gotten the events mixed up at this point, but we finally got to the cake cutting.

Lastly, they shared a toast, thanking everyone who came to their very special day.

Capturing moments

You can argue that you can take these shots with any of the other flagships released in 2019. I even mentioned how I hoped I had those with better zoom capabilities with me.

What I enjoyed with the iPhone 11 Pro is its size — 5.8″ display, give or take 6.2″ footprint — made it really easy to hold it in one hand while taking photos. Also, I thought the color reproduction was mostly accurate making it easier to post-process and make the photos look the way I want them to despite using only a mobile photo editing app.

Lastly, I didn’t let the photo-taking get in the way of being in the moment. Which is why there are no food photos here because I was really into that moment and completely forgot to take snaps.

Hope you guys liked what I shared here and please do share the moments you like capturing too. Here’s one more photo of the newly-weds to cap this thing off.

SEE ALSO: Professional photographer captures stunning images with the iPhone 11 Pro Max

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ASUS ZenBook 13: A portable all-arounder

Light, versatile, and long-lasting

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The problem with ultra slim laptops has always been their lack of ports and generally shaky battery life. Such a problem does not exist with the ASUS ZenBook 13. 

It’s the latest on ASUS’ ZenBook line and it combines the portability of ultra slim notebooks with the port versatility and long-lasting battery life of typically larger laptops.

What’s in the box? 

Immediately after taking things out of the box, you’ll see how the ZenBook 13 is a complete package. It comes with two cables to compensate for the ones that you don’t find built in on the laptop.

There’s a USB to Ethernet port connector, and a USB-C to 3.5mm jack for your audio needs. Rounding up the packaging are the ZenBook 13 itself, your power brick, and a nice and sleek laptop sleeve.

So about those ports

Measuring at just 13.9mm and 1.07kg — this notebook is REALLY thin and light. Normally, laptops like these have one or two USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 ports. Well, this one, certainly has more.

On the right hand side is the USB port and microSD card slot

Over to the left you have TWO USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 ports AND an HDMI port 

The ZenBook 13 can draw power from either USB-C/Thunderbolt port and you can easily connect it to an external monitor through the HDMI port should you need to.

The microSD card slot and USB ports means you can easily transfer files from external sources.

Elsewhere on the laptop is the webcam — a must now that we have to attend virtual meetings.

Oh and it also has ASUS’ signature Ergo-lift hinge that remains satisfying to both look at and feel as you lift the laptop lead. A really nice touch and adds to that overall Zen feeling.

A workhorse of a notebook

Don’t let its slight build fool you. This notebook is tough and packs some serious punch to power you for work.

Inside is a 10th Gen Intel Core i5 processor with an 8GB LPDDR4x RAM and 512GB of  SSD storage. That’s the perfect combination for a laptop that can stay with you shuffle through Word documents, Excel sheets, Powerpoint presentations, and even Photoshop.

The keyboard is edge-to-edge giving you that full-size experience. It’s also clickety, giving a satisfying travel experience — crucial if you have to type on it for hours.

Speaking of full-keyboard, the trackpad transforms into a digital numpad at the click of a button. It’s a signature ASUS feature and if you’re the type who has to fill in numbers a lot, this should prove to be hugely beneficial.

Display for immersive viewing

What do people say again about all work and no play? It makes you dull. That’s why after work, the ZenBook 13, which promises up to 22 freaking hours of battery life, can also be your entertainment companion as you wind down.

It has a frameless four-sided NanoEdge display. This means no pesky bezels to get in the way of your binge-watching.

Whether that’s watching Karasuno win a match or catching up with Midoriya and Bakugo’s hero-in-the-making adventures.

A portable all-arounder 

Slim and light, versatile, long-lasting, and performs just as good as other larger laptops. All these make the ASUS ZenBook 13 an all-arounder that will meet all your work and winding down needs.

As we continue to deal with the stresses of the new normal, the ZenBook 13 is a handy companion that you can bring with you, wherever you are around the house.

As we hope for things to open up soon, this notebook is also ready to go out with you to give you all the productivity and play support you can ever ask for.


This feature is a collaboration between GadgetMatch and ASUS Philippines.

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Google Pixel 4a Unboxing & Review: Unbelievably Good?

A direct contender of the iPhone SE and OnePlus Nord

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Google’s ‘a'(ffordable) line-up may be long overdue because of the pandemic — but after several months of waiting, we finally have one on our hands.

Cheaper than last year’s US$ 399 Pixel 3a, the US$ 349 Pixel 4a might just be the most affordable flagship killer contender you can get over the 2020 iPhone SE and the OnePlus Nord.

But can the mid-tier specifications and less-fancy phone features justify its affordable price tag? Head over to our in-depth Pixel 4a review here.

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Best Budget Smartphones below $200

August 2020 Edition

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Welcome to GadgetMatch’s list of the best smartphones priced below US$ 200! Each month, we update our selection with the budget-friendly phones we believe are most deserving of your hard-earned savings.

Even though the spotlight has been on high-end smartphones this entire year, there have been a few surprisingly good entry-level handsets coming out lately, as well. So good, in fact, that we had to reassess our entire list.

Here they are in no particular order

Redmi 9 (PhP 6,990 / US$ 141)

Quality build with baseline specs that can handle, well, the basics. This is what the Redmi line has been offering and that remains true with the Redmi 9. You’ll have to be bit creative with some of the apps you install (always go for the Lite versions), but the pre-installed Google apps run smoothly and should be more than enough to power you through.

Hands-On: Redmi 9

Redmi Note 9 (US$ 200)

This is a routine appearance for the Redmi Note line. Xiaomi continues to lord over the budget segment by offering fairly capable smartphones at such an affordable price.

Review: Redmi Note 9

Realme 6i (US$ 196)

Realme finally releases a budget phone with a USB-C port! That aside, everything here is standard Realme — which is great. Its cameras leave much to be desired but what this is a budget phone after all. It does pretty well everywhere else — can game, handle your usual daily things, and has an impressive battery life.

READ: Realme6i 

OPPO A5s (US$ 117)

The OPPO A5s perhaps is best looked at as a transition device more than anything else. It does what you expect out of budget smartphones. It’s good to have “for now” but you might look elsewhere for a more reliable daily driver.

REVIEW: OPPO A5s

Samsung Galaxy A20 (US$ 190)

Samsung’s revived Galaxy A-series proves that the company cares about every price segment. The Galaxy A20, in particular, is the most well-rounded below US$ 200 thanks to its ultra-wide camera, AMOLED display, and hefty battery.

REVIEW: Samsung Galaxy A20

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