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#ShotoniPhone: iPhone Photography Tips

Plus, exclusive sessions at Apple to hone your photography and videography skills

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Taking photos and videos on an iPhone? Scott Woodward, a Singaporean-based photographer, shares some of his tips for taking the perfect shot on an iPhone.  Take advantage of these tips which you might find indispensable when shooting on the go.

1. Use the Rule of Thirds

The Rule of Thirds is perhaps the most well-known “rule” of photographic composition. Imagine your image is divided into 9 equal rectangles by 2 vertical lines and 2 horizontal lines. The Rule of Thirds dictates that you should position the most important elements in your scene along these lines, or at the points where they intersect, for more well balanced and interesting photos. This asymmetry makes photos more appealing to a viewer because it causes visual tension.

Turn on your grid in your iPhone settings to assist with guiding your composition.

2. Add life to landscapes

Beautiful landscape shots can be breathtaking, but if you’ve ever been subjected to a friend of a family member’s holiday snaps, you know how dull they can become after you’ve looked at dozens of them in a row. Try adding people to your landscape photographs – living elements tend to evoke stronger emotions in viewers.

Even if they occupy just a little bit of space within your frame, human touch helps make a more powerful photograph: it gives scale to an image, offers perspective, and adds drama.

3. Take advantage of the Golden Hour

The most critical ingredient in all great photographs is lighting. The best images always make interesting, powerful use of light. The sun’s angle significantly affects the warmth, contrast.

Practice understanding how light works, reflects, and warms. As often as possible, shoot in the warm “golden hours” of early morning and late afternoon (one hour after sunrise or one to two hours before sunset; this is when the sun is low and the light is soft and yellow/orange).

4. Take photos and videos during the Blue Hour (Night Mode)

Blue Hour is that magical time when the sun has already set, but there’s still some light left in the sky. This twilight period  — typically about 20 minutes after sunset — is special because, for a few fleeting moments, the sky takes on a predominantly blue shade.

Night Mode on iPhone 12 makes it even more dramatic. Night Mode automatically turns on when the camera detects a low-light environment and, using a combination of hardware and software, helps bring out the detail in the dark areas of your image while preserving the night time feeling.

5. Take some risks

An iPhone is much easier to handle than a DSLR — it is lighter and more compact, which means that you can use it to effortlessly make more interesting photographs. You can use this to your advantage: be on the lookout for dynamic and creative angles, and experiment and push yourself outside your comfort zone.

Shoot without looking at the screen. Track a moving subject with your camera. Get on the ground and shoot up or get on a balcony and shoot down. Keenly observe your surroundings for natural frames, symmetry, reflection, patterns, and textures.

The more creative you get, the more you’ll learn about what works and what doesn’t. Your photographs will be better or maybe you’ll just get lucky and make a beautiful accident.

#ShotoniPhone, Today at Apple sessions, Apple Music hits

On a related note, Apple is also showcasing its #ShotoniPhone movie — Nian — which is directed by Lulu Wang. The movie is a reimagining of a Chinese New Year legend as a contemporary coming-of-age story. The team shot the whole movie using an iPhone 12 Max. You can view the film here.

For those wanting to level up their photography and videography game, there is also Today at Apple sessions starting this February until March 14. During the sessions, you can connect with various photographers and videographers and learn the tools of their trade.

Virtual Studio: Picture This with Scott A. Woodward (14 February, 3:00 pm)

As part of the Joyful Perspectives series, join award-winning photographer Scott A. Woodward online as he inspires you to reframe your every day using your iPhone. He’ll share his pro tips on everything from cool composition to capturing the magic of the golden hour. You’ll explore night mode, portrait mode, and more to take striking photos in all situations. You will also get editing tips to make your pictures pop.

Sign up for the session here.

Virtual Studio: Celebrations in Slow-mo with Chai Yee Wei (20 February, 3:00 pm)

Capture celebratory moments in slow motion using your iPhone in this virtual session with filmmaker Chai Yee Wei. He’ll share how memories are best-appreciated frame by frame and how he stretches time to amplify them in his work. You’ll explore Slo-mo, Timelapse, and more to record fun videos at home with the Camera app. Join more sessions to push your creativity in the Joyful Perspectives series.

Sign up for the session here.

Virtual Studio: Crafting Stories in Film with Ang Geck Geck (27 February, 3:00 pm)

Discover how to shoot and edit emotive stories using your iPhone with filmmaker Ang Geck Geck. As part of the Joyful Perspectives series, she’ll introduce you to her visual language and share tips on framing your shots using the ultra-wide and telephoto cameras. You’ll explore the creative power of editing in iMovie to craft your own compelling narrative. Sign up for the session here.

Meanwhile, Apple Music has also collaborated with 10 top C-Pop artists such as E.SO, Miriam Yeung, Shi Shi, and Nathan Hartono to curate a playlist based on the theme “Recharge, Review, Remember”.

You can access these playlists with the following links:

App Store and Apple TV deals

To celebrate the Chinese New Year, special deals on design and editing apps will be available at the Apple App Store. There will also be limited-time in-app purchases from select games such as Genshin Impact, League of Legends: Wild Rift, and Clash of Clans.

Meanwhile, Apple TV subscribers can get family-friendly hits such as Frozen II, Onwards, and Sonic the Hedgehog at unmissable prices from February 11 onwards. Classic Chinese movies such as God of Gamblers, A Better Tomorrow, and Once Upon a Time in China will also be available in 4K.

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LG Eclair QP5: Most compact soundbar yet rolls out in Singapore

Great fit for contemporary homes

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LG Eclair QP5

LG Electronics announced the rollout of the LG Eclair QP5 soundbar, its most compact model to date in Singapore.

The award-winning product is a great fit for contemporary homes with its compact design suited for limited spaces, all while delivering immersive sound.

Superior, immersive audio quality

LG Eclair delivers powerful performance with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support coupled with low vibration and a power bass subwoofer, which employs Meridian Audio’s tuning and technology.

The Horizon technology up-mixes two channel stereo content into multi-channel audio, delivering a wider soundstage.

LG Eclair also offers an enhanced viewing experience with its 4K-pass through support that allows viewers to enjoy 4K and HDR content on their favorite streaming devices.

Additionally, LG AI Sound Pro analyzes content being played, automatically applying the best sound settings for whichever genre – like news, music, or cinema.

Sophisticated design

Only a third the size of LG’s previously smallest soundbar (SP8YA), the LG Eclair features an oval design and jersey fabric in classic black or white.

Its minimalist design also makes it blend seamlessly with any decor or LG TV.

LG also designed the Eclair with the environment in mind, as it uses polyester jersey fabric made from Global Recycled Standard-certified plastic bottles.

Its outer mesh is also comprised of recycled fabric made from plastic bottles while the internal packaging, previously EPS foam, is now recycled molded pulp.

Full specifications

LG Eclair QP5

To check the full specifications of the LG Eclair (model QP5), visit its product page on the LG official website.

Pricing and availability

The LG Eclair QP5 retails at SG$ 999 and is available from mid-January at official LG KrisShop, LG Lazada, LG Shopee, and all authorized dealers including Audio House, Best Denki, COURTS, Gain City, Harvey Norman, Mega Discount Store, and Parisilk

 

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Facebook faces British privacy lawsuit worth billions

For allegedly selling its users’ data

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The hits just don’t stop coming. Since being called out for alleged manipulation during the 2016 elections (and arguably before that), Facebook has endured hit after hit from privacy pundits, security firms, and global courts. Now, after much deliberation, criticisms and lawsuits against the platform are finally coming to roost. In Britain, for example, Facebook stands to lose billions in a privacy lawsuit from Britain.

As reported by Reuters, Britain’s Financial Conduct Authority senior adviser Liza Lovdahl Gormsen filed the huge lawsuit to represent British citizens who used the platform between 2015 and 2019 — which approximates 44 million people. The suit alleges that Facebook used unfair terms and conditions to force users to give up their rights to their own information. The entire lawsuit is worth GBP 2.3 billion (or approximately US$ 3.15 billion). Though Facebook is worth over US$ 100 billion now, such a lawsuit likely isn’t insignificant to the company.

But, of course, it doesn’t come without precedent. Last year, the company was scrutinized extensively because of whistleblower Frances Haugen’s revelations. According to the former Facebook employee, the platform knowingly creates ruptures in societies everywhere in the world. Besides its effect on mental health and geopolitics, Facebook was also criticized for selling personal data and treating its users as marketable products.

While Britain’s claim is already extensive, it is far from the only country looking to break the company up. The platform is also facing issues in its own home turf for the same charges. The year is just starting, and this likely won’t be Facebook’s last trip to the legal battlefield.

SEE ALSO: Facebook will force at-risk users to use two-factor authentication

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All iPhone 14 models will have 120Hz screens, 6GB RAM

Pro will have a better camera, though

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Since the introduction of the four-model iPhone lineup, Apple has thrived under a simple and easy-to-read system. There are two premium Pro variants and two capable-but-not-as-premium non-Pro variants. It’s a tried and tested formula at this point. However, if a new rumor rings true, the upcoming iPhone 14 series might cause more confusion for discerning users.

According to a research note from Haitong International Securities analyst Jeff Pu (via MacRumors), the unannounced flagship series will launch with four models with each sporting the same specs. All four will have a screen with 120Hz refresh rate and 6GB of RAM.

Compared to the rest of the industry, both a 120Hz screen and 6GB of RAM aren’t specs to immediately blow a budget over. However, unifying the entire iPhone 14 lineup with identical specs does create a new zeitgeist for Apple.

The current iPhone 13 lineup maintains a steady delineation between Pro and non-Pro variants. Only the two Pro variants have Apple’s ProMotion (or a 120Hz display), for example. Likewise, only those two have 6GB of RAM. Unifying them might cause some confusion for users — at least in those particular areas.

Though the lineup might lose differentiation in those two aspects, the analyst does say that the Pro variants will get a few more features compared to their non-Pro buddies. Both Pro versions will come with an upgraded 48-megapixel rear camera and will start at 256GB of internal storage.

Right now, it’s still too early to approach the rumor with a substantial amount of credibility. The next iPhone series is still some ways away. Either way, it’s interesting to speculate on what Apple has in store next.

SEE ALSO: iPhone 14 will have a punch-hole camera, rumor says

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