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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)


This feature was produced in collaboration between GadgetMatch and Huawei.

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Overwatch Puppy Rumble: Cutest game of Capture the Flag!

All the puppies were adoptable!

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This is one tournament of Capture the Flag you don’t want to miss. It may sound pretty silly but it’s ridiculously the good kind of silly. To celebrate the Year of the Dog, Blizzard put together an event called the Overwatch Puppy Rumble and it’s too adorable to miss out on.

The Overwatch Puppy Rumble not only had some intense capture the flag action, but it also had cute adoptable puppies dressed up in little Overwatch outfits. The whole rumble is a must-watch. And, if you’ve already seen it, it’s worth rewatching.

The event was in partnership with Wags and Walks, a dog adoption center in Los Angeles. All of the dogs featured in the Puppy Rumble were available for adoption. If this doesn’t convince you to watch it, I honestly don’t know what will.

SEE ALSO: This game teaches you to become a master of fake news

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Shelter dogs get their portraits taken for a good cause

All shot with a smartphone!

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This was not your ordinary smartphone photo session.

In the wake of the Chinese New Year and with the start of the year of the dog, a special project was born. Famed animal photographer Ernest Goh took portraits of dogs with his iPhone X. But, these are not just any dogs.

These photographs show the everyday lives of dogs in shelters. Ernest explains the story behind these pictures:

“The images give a glimpse of the life of a sheltered dog. From morning runs to stretch their paws to lazy naps in the afternoons to moments of joy when a visitor comes to the shelter. Chinese New Year is about celebration, but what is a celebration without the company of loved ones. Ask any dog owner and he or she will tell you their dog is very much part of the family. Sheltered dogs are not so lucky to have a family so more importantly, this photo-story goes to anyone who would like to get a pet dog this year — do consider adopting sheltered dogs!”

Mutts and Mittens, an animal shelter, explains that there are hundreds of cats and dogs living in shelters in Singapore. It’s their hope that this series of photos will be able to show the world the plight of these lovable creatures and hopefully inspire people to adopt these pets.

See the rest of the photos below:

In an effort to find these gentle creatures homes, Mutts and Mittens will also be having an adoption drive. (Details on their Facebook Page)

It seems that the iPhone X’s Portrait Mode worked wonders even on non-person subjects. What’s more wonderful, however, is how this whole project came together because of well-meaning people and simple technology.

SEE ALSO: These TIME covers were all shot from iPhones

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Acer Spin 5 hands-on: What goes around, comes around

Yes, it spins!

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These days, we use technology in a number of different ways for our many different needs. It would only make sense that we’d need a machine that will cater to all our modern-day whims.

Acer’s Spin 5 may just be that machine.

Aside from the sleek metal body, powerful speakers, and touchscreen LCD, my favorite feature remain to be this special feature.

The Acer Spin 5 may look like your typical laptop

It’s equipped the latest Intel Core i5-8520U processor and an Intel Graphics 620 card. It runs on Windows 10 and has8GB of memory, and 256GB SSD.

But it’s called “Spin” for a reason

Yep, you can flip it…

… and reverse it.

Its 13.3-inch 1080p LCD is perfect for showing off things to a friend or presentations at work. There are two USB 3.0 ports, a USB-C, an HDMI port, an SD card reader, and even an audio port.

You can use it as a tablet

Great for binge-watching your shows — or your favorite tech channel. 😉 The speakers on this thing are always perfectly positioned, no matter what angle it’s in.are

… and even draw on it with the Acer pen!

It works seamlessly with this device! The Acer Active stylus has sensors which means you can draw with different stroke thickness, depending on how much pressure you apply. There’s also a “palm rejection” feature which assures undisturbed scribbling when the pen is on.

Best of all, you can share the whole experience with friends

The more the merrier!

Acer’s Spin 5 is one versatile device. Designed for your everyday hustle, this 360-degree notebook will adapt to your every need.

Yep, a definite all-around machine.

 
SEE ALSO: Acer Spin 5 Review: Long-lasting and full-powered


This feature was produced in collaboration between GadgetMatch and Acer.

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