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Smartphone photography 101: How to take slice of life photos

Aim for a variety and tell a story

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Whether you want to capture random mundane activities or annual festivities like National Day, making sure you tell a story with your photos is important. There are so many ways to snap slice-of-life images, no matter which platform they’re made for — the challenge is to make each photo interesting.

Here are some tips from actual photographers on how you can take pro-looking photos of everyday life using just an iPhone. The best camera, after all, is the one that you have with you at all times:

Use the horizon as your guide

When it comes to photographing buildings, Darren Soh says to keep your iPhone level to the horizon. There’s no shame in taking a few seconds to frame your shot so the building remains straight in your photos as in real life.

Aim for variety

No matter how mundane, a picture is worth a thousand words. Franz Navarrete says to ask yourself before tapping that shutter: “What’s the story I want to tell?” Spontaneity is fun but when time allows for it, plan and research the place you’re going to to give you a sense of what you should be looking for. Make an effort to explore and walk a lot the unbeaten path — go to the alleys and climb those stairs.

Use long exposure

Shot on iPhone XS Max, Melissa Patrice (@girleatworld)

Live Photo isn’t just for taking moving Harry Potter-like photos. When you swipe up on any Live Photo, you’ll see a variety of effects including long exposure. Melissa Patrice says you will want to be as steady as possible when taking photos with long exposure as the intension. A tripod will help, but if you don’t have one, she says you can find a stable surface to rest your phone on while taking the photo. Keep in mind that this effect works really well only when you have a steady subject and a lot of movement in the background.

Hold your breath

Shot on iPhone XR, Jason Lim (@jsnjnr)

This is one of the most underrated and least talked about trick, even in videography. If you don’t have a tripod, Jason Lim suggests holding your breath when taking a photo to keep your phone steady and make sure the photo is sharp.

Use portrait mode

Shot on iPhone XS Max, Ivan Kuek (@phonenomenon)

We’ve talked about using portrait mode sparingly before, and that applies here as well. Ivan Kuek says the trick for making it work is to look for good lighting. Framing your shot with a foreground or background that relates to your subject also helps tell a more meaningful story.

Clean your lens

This is another underrated and overlooked step when taking photos. Franz Navarrete reminds users to make sure you wipe the lens of your phone with soft fabrics, like a microfiber cloth to clear off dusts and smudges.

Do you have tips in taking slice of life photos? Share them with us in the comments below!

India

OPPO launches Reno5 5G series in international markets

It has 65W fast charging!

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Why settle for nice pictures when you can also have great videos? OPPO is starting the new year with the Reno5 5G series that boasts a quad-camera setup and is designed for content creation. The phone also has a distinctive premium design that makes it perfect for the Instagram generation.

The Reno5 and Reno5 Pro made their debut in India a few days ago, and now they’re available in Singapore. More markets are expected to join the list soon. As the name suggests, the phone has 5G support.

The company has been quite aggressive in launching the series with a quick unveiling and launch. Demand for smartphones has risen dramatically due to the Coronavirus pandemic, and OPPO doesn’t want to miss the bus.

Reno5 Pro 5G

The OPPO Reno5 Pro 5G has a 6.55-inch AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate and HDR10+ support. Powering the phone is a MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ processor that’s built on a 7nm process. The phone doesn’t have a microSD card, and the top variant comes with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage.

The rear is a 64-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, a 2-megapixel macro sensor, and a 2-megapixel depth camera. For selfies, a 32-megapixel camera is located within the punch-hole cut-out. OPPO has also bundled in many video-oriented features such as Ultra Night Video and Dual View video.

The phone is powered by a 4350mAh battery that supports 65W fast charging. The Pro ditches the headphone jack but gets NFC instead. Both the phones ship with ColorOS 11.1 out-of-the-box. It’ll be available in Astral Blue, Starry Black, Starry Dream, and Star Wish Red color options.

Reno5 5G

The OPPO Reno5 5G has a slightly smaller 6.4-inch AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate. Under the hood is a Snapdragon 765G processor with up to 12GB RAM and 256GB storage.

It has the same camera module as the Reno5 Pro, but the front camera sensor is slightly different, with a focal length of 26mm instead of 24mm. The phone is backed by a 4300mAh battery that supports 65W fast charging. It’ll be available in Aurora Blue, Moonlight Black, and Starry Dream color options.

Price and availability

Singapore: Reno5 5G – SG$ 699 (8GB+128GB) | Reno5 Pro 5G – SG$899 (12GB+256GB)

India: Reno5 Pro 5G – INR 35,999 / US$ 492 (8GB+128GB)

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Western Digital launches new portable SSDs with 4TB capacity

Also comes with an NVMe interface

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Western Digital has launched new portable SSDs with a capacity of 4TB. These portable SSDs are geared for consumers and professionals alike with up to four distinct models to choose from.

The first up in this portfolio is the SanDisk Extreme Pro. The SSD offers blazing NVMe performance with 2GB read and write speed. Professionals who regularly deal with large files will benefit the most from those speeds. Thanks to its forged aluminum chassis, it can even sustain those speeds for longer without generating too much heat.

Then, there’s the SanDisk Extreme. Unlike its Pro counterpart, it only offers up to 1.5GB read and 1GB write speed. It also has IP55 water and dust resistance along with two-meter drop protection.

Both aforementioned SSDs are perfect for professionals, but there are also models for everyday consumers looking for high-capacity storage.

First up is the WD Black P50 Game Drive targeted specifically for gamers. The SSD is compatible with any PC, PlayStation 4, or Xbox One game library. As a bonus, it even comes with a read speed of up to 2GB to decrease loading times for games.

Last but not least is the WD My Passport SSD. This popular line of portable storage now comes in a range of gray, blue, red, gold, and silver colors.  Plus, it is shock, vibration, and drop resistant up to 1.98 meters. Built on the NVMe interface, it features a fast performance of 1.5GB read and 1GB write speed.

Price and availability

Western Digital’s portable SSDs will arrive later in Singapore by March 2021 on key retailers and distributors. The SanDisk Extreme Pro will cost SG$ 1,499; SanDisk Extreme at SG$ 1,099; and the WD MyPassport SSD at SG$ 1,099. Meanwhile, the price and availability for WD Black P50 Game Drive are yet to be determined.

Consumers may visit the Western Digital website for SSDs to know more about the complete portfolio.

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LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier: Price, availability in Singapore

A must-have smart accessory during this trying times

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LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier

LG first unveiled the LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier at IFA 2020 and now it’s available for purchase in Singapore.

The the LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier can be your go-to mask as we navigate life under a pandemic. It employs two Total Care Filters similar to the HEPA filters used in the company’s home air purifier products. The filters not only purify air coming into the lungs, they also filter exhaled air just as effectively.

LG’s wearable air purifier allows users to take in clean, filtered air with its Dual Fans and patented Respiratory Sensor. Meanwhile, the Respiratory Sensor detects the cycle and volume of the wearer’s breath and adjusts the dual three-speed fans accordingly. The fans automatically speed up to assist air intake and slow down to reduce resistance when exhaling to make breathing effortless.

Watch our LG Puricare Wearable Air Purifier Video.

Pricing and availability

Pre-orders for the wearable air purifier are now available through official LG Lazada and LG Shopee stores for SG $229. The wearable air purifier will also be available at authorised retailers Best Denki and COURTS from January 15, 2021.

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