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Photography with the Huawei Nova 2i: Behind the scenes

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How does the Huawei Nova 2i fare when it comes to documenting real-life everyday scenarios? I shot with the smartphone for four straight days to find out.

This handset is Huawei’s near-borderless budget offering. The big selling point? The Nova 2i has two shooters on each side of the device, four cameras altogether.


Huawei Nova 2i photo sample

My photography needs include IG photos, Snaps, Facebook posts, and all the selfies. For four days, I used this handset and shot four photos each day under different circumstances. This is how the quad shooters performed — also, a peek into my everyday life:

Day 1

Now, as the lifestyle-tech editor of GadgetMatch, I have a lot of demands for whatever smartphone I’m using. When I say demands, I mostly mean flatlays.

Below is a view of my work station at GadgetMatch HQ after I’ve cleaned up a little bit. No, my desk isn’t that tidy.

Huawei Nova 2i photo sample

Indoor; rear cameras

Part of my work demands also include taking lots of selfies because let’s be honest: A capable beauty mode can make you look and feel good. While shooting video for GadgetMatch, I usually get to play with the phone’s selfie shooters. This is one among many (like, many) selfies I took that afternoon. All in a day’s work!

Indoor; selfie cameras with beauty and bokeh mode

Of course, there are more photos to be shot and toy props to be tested out at our studio. Here’s a behind-the-scenes peek into how our indoor shoots go. Don’t mind the tiny oranges; we just thought they looked as good as they tasted so we added them in.

Huawei Nova 2i photo sample

Indoor; rear cameras with wide aperture

Sometimes, our shoots extend until evenings. The photo below was taken five hours after Michael Josh flew in from Singapore and an hour into another shoot.

Indoor; selfie cameras with beauty and bokeh mode

We may be tired but beauty filters always keep us looking fresh! Yes, that’s the secret.

Day 2

The next day, I was flying to China for work-related stuff. But first, let me take a selfie!

Indoor, er, in plane; selfie cameras with beauty mode

Touchdown Hong Kong airport! Here’s a shot of some architecture I randomly took while in transit because I was being an artsy tourist. It turned out pretty well. *Pats myself on the back*

Huawei Nova 2i photo sample

Indoor shot of the outdoors; rear cameras

Finally in China — mandatory post with location tag! Here’s an outtake from the Instagram story I posted when I got there.

Huawei Nova 2i photo sample

Outdoor; rear cameras

Checked in, tucked in bed, and my hotel room ceiling view. It was a long day of travel and squeezing in some writing in between, but tomorrow’s another day!

Huawei Nova 2i

Indoor shot; rear cameras

Day 3

Mornings start with coffee for me. Well, coffee and flatlays.

Huawei Nova 2i

Indoor; rear cameras

Met with Ayano, who is a Japanese tech journalist, over more coffee. Our table was the perfect subject for a flatlay, but I already did one for today so I decided to spare you. See? I care. ?

Huawei Nova 2i

Indoor; rear cameras

The cliché food shot never gets old to me. Trust me, dessert is almost always photogenic.

Huawei Nova 2i

Indoor; rear cameras

I finally headed out, so here’s a quick snap of an outdoor Christmas tree in China because… Christmas tree!

Huawei Nova 2i

Outdoor; rear cameras

Day 4

The last day started early with an indoor shoot in bathroom slippers. Admittedly, I could’ve composed this shot better, but I was busy working. This is as real as it gets.

Huawei Nova 2i

Indoor; rear cameras

Thankfully, lunch was a reward in itself. Yes, I am having an egg tart and dessert first thing because I’m an adult and I do what I want. I deserve this. ?

Huawei Nova 2i

Indoor; rear cameras

After all the hubbub, I’m still thankful that the work I do allows me to visit different places and try many things. It’s the quiet moments like this when all the work is done that I get to appreciate what I do. #Blessed

Huawei Nova 2i

Indoor; rear cameras

Of course, I end this piece with a selfie because — well, why not. Even I am surprised that there aren’t more selfies on here.

Indoor; selfie cameras with beauty and bokeh mode

There you go, four days with the Huawei Nova 2i. What do you think? Which photos are your favorite?

SEE ALSO: Huawei Nova 2i Review (Honor 9i)

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This feature was produced in collaboration between GadgetMatch and Huawei.

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Taylor Swift and Katy Perry made up and Twitter is not calm

Peace at last

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Pop queen and LGBT ally Taylor Swift just dropped the music video for her new pop anthem You Need to Calm Down and unsurprisingly, the fans cannot calm down. The star-studded video features queer icons like Laverne Cox, Ellen de Generes, Adam Rippon, and Queer Eye’s Fab Five living their fabulous lives despite the anti-gay protests in front of them.

The surprise that shook us and the internet, albeit many eagle-eyed speculated last week, is a Katy Perry cameo.


In case you’ve been living under a rock, the two pop stars had a years-long public feud that eventually ended when Katy extended an olive branch last year, by sending Taylor an actual olive branch.

The music video is their first public reunion, and Katycats and Swifties all over are having a Twitter party:

We’ll tell all our grandchildren one day.

Bless.

Can’t calm down.

Anyone having an awful year so far can relate.

Took the words out of my mouth.

Same.

War is over, if you want it.

*orders McDonald’s*

Give us what we need!

There are many important moments in the whole video but this one featuring drag queens as this era’s pop queens is for everyone who take pleasure in pitting women against each other.

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5 coolest Airbnb places you can rent in Tagaytay

For when you want to escape Manila’s heat

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Tagaytay is one destination you can visit when you’re looking for a weekend getaway. It’s popular for its cold weather, picture-worthy cafes, and an overlooking view of Taal Volcano, the world’s smallest active volcano. In addition, it’s just a two-hour drive away from Manila.

If you’re planning to stay in this city for a couple of days, here are our top five Airbnb rentals:


Dalton’s Lakeview Point

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Dalton’s Lakeview Point is a stylish, modern-themed Airbnb. It’s spacious enough to fit groups up to six people, and its artistic interior design gives you that cozy and calming feeling. Stay here when you want a refreshing view of Taal Lake.

Book it here.

Nordic Jewel

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Couples might enjoy staying at Nordic Jewel, a Scandinavian-inspired Airbnb located in Tagaytay Prime Residences. Despite being small, every corner is Instagrammable. If that doesn’t convince you, let me tell you this: Small spaces make you closer with a person. Now go and have a good time with the love of your life!

Book it here.

Unit 217, Tower 1, Wind Residences

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Even though it looks like a hotel room, Unit 217 in Tower 1, Wind Residences exudes an elegant, contemporary vibe. Its yellow accents give life in this Airbnb’s dominantly black and white design, and its patio invites you to relax and take a peek outside. This is perfect for those who want to feel that hotel vibe with a touch of the usual bed and breakfast.

Book it here.

Chalet de Tagaytay

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If you want to retreat from the hustle-bustle of life, Chalet de Tagaytay is a rustic Airbnb that oozes privacy. Perched on a mountainside, it has the perfect view of Taal Lake for when you want to contemplate about life. Take the time to forget the world and your problems, and just relax during your stay.

Book it here.

Windsor Vacation House

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Windsor Vacation House is the perfect place for get-togethers. It’s spacious enough to let everyone have their own space, and every corner is definitely picture-worthy. Next time you have an occasion to celebrate, bring your families and friends here for a wonderful experience. It can comfortably fit people up to 12 people, and it’s guaranteed you’ll make new memories with a beautiful Airbnb like this!

Book it here.

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4 reasons the new Instax Mini LiPlay is perfect for any occasion

Small but packed with features

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Fujifilm recently announced their new hybrid instant camera, the Instax Mini LiPlay. It’s the newest addition to the company’s lineup of Instax instant cameras and by far the smallest and most lightweight in its series.

Despite being small, it’s packed with features that every girl would love to have in different situations. Here are the reasons why:


1. You get to celebrate occasions in a special way

The Instax Mini LiPlay is not your typical instant camera. It comes with an LCD so you can review photos you’ve captured, and choose which one to print.

It also has a “Sound” button which is capable of recording up to ten seconds of audio. The Instax Mini LiPlay then converts the audio’s data into a QR code and adds it to the photo printed. Users can play and replay for at least a year by scanning the QR code. This function is perfect for adding greetings, songs, and other messages you’d love to share through the printed photo.

2. Definitely a travel companion

This hybrid instant camera is different compared to Fujifilm’s instant cameras. Its promise of being the smallest and most lightweight makes it an easy-to-carry travel-sized camera (that won’t take too much space in your bag).

In addition, solo and group travelers can enjoy the remote shooting feature, which remotely takes a photo and print it on the spot using your smartphone. Furthermore, it has a direct print feature so you can transfer your photos from your smartphone and print it using the instant camera’s film. Whatever device you use, the Instax Mini LiPlay is a travel companion you’ll love to bring anywhere you go.

3. For the times when you want to express yourself

If you love shooting flat lays or OOTDs, the Instax Mini LiPlay may be useful as a prop or as an accessory. It has a stylish design that matches your aesthetic, and it comes in three beautiful colors: Stone White, Elegant Black, and Blush Gold.

Moreover, it has an array of design frames. The camera comes with ten pre-installed frames, which you can select during or after taking a photo. When you download the free Instax Mini LiPlay app, you get to enjoy 20 additional design frames.

4. Enjoy taking photos wherever you go

Say goodbye to AA batteries that make you feel like you’re using a device from the early 2000s. The Instax Mini LiPlay uses micro-USB for charging and takes two to three hours to fully charge the device. Its battery can last up to 100 printed photos. Photos are also saved onto a microSD card so you can keep on shooting until your memory card is full!

The Instax Mini LiPlay is priced at PhP 9,999 and will be available around late June to early July in the Philippines.

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