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If you are looking to get that perfect low-light shot this Diwali, the newly-launched iPhone XR is capable of beating all other camera-centric smartphones, say experts.
According to Bengaluru-based photographer Ashish Parmar, the iPhone XR has a wide-angle lens – a 26mm f/1.8 lens – for portraits.
“The iPhone XR emulates the Portrait Mode effect entirely with software designed to recognise human faces. This means it’s really great at creating the Portrait Mode effect with people,” Parmar told IANS.
“You can also shoot quite close to your subject in Portrait Mode with iPhone XR (no “Move farther away” warning), he suggested.
On the single-lens iPhone XR, portraits are shot with its fixed 26mm lens, so the field-of-view is quite a bit wider and the image compression is reduced.
“The same new Smart HDR technology on this year’s iPhone XS is also available on the iPhone XR. This means better dynamic range in everything you shoot,” Parmar said.
Shooting in low-light can be tricky and needs steady hands.
“Look for brighter colours or spots which are receiving light and lock you AE/AF on that area. You will expose for a better lit part of the image and avoid making your image grainy,” suggested Parmar.
If you are shooting moving subjects like fireworks, shoot on LIVE mode as this allows to edit or convert images and make it a long exposure shot with smooth transitions.
“Performance will vary, but I think it’s safe to say the iPhone XR battery life is the best we’ve had in an iPhone yet,” said Parmar.
For Mumbai-based travel blogger and photographer Siddhartha Joshi, the iPhone XR camera sensor features deeper, larger pixels.
“Deeper to improve image fidelity and larger to allow more light to hit the sensor. The result? Even better low-light photos,” Joshi told IANS.
According to him, the camera is focused on portraits of people.
“I feel that it’s also really quick with finding faces and locking on them. This makes clicking portraits of people faster and a joy with the device,” said Joshi.
Portrait photography isn’t just about having a great subject.
“It’s also about having a great background. Also, make sure that your subject wears a colour different from the surrounding elements. Otherwise, your subject will blend into the background,” suggested Joshi. (IANS)
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Drinking feni, may well be the answer, says the secretary of the Goa Cashew Feni Distillers and Bottlers Association Hansel Vaz, who on Thursday said, that sipping the state's unique alcoholic drink and making it popular would directly aid the greening of Goa's hills and other barren landscapes.
"To get more cashews, we need to plant more trees. I always say, by drinking feni you will save Goa, because we will be planting more cashew trees and we will have greener hills. The beauty of cashew is you do not need fertile land. You can grow it on a hill which can provide no nutrition. We will be able to grow more trees, if we can sell feni properly," Vaz said. Vaz's comments come at a time when the hillsides of the coastal state have witnessed significant deforestation for real estate development and for infrastructure projects. Feni is manufactured by fermenting and double distilling juice from the cashew apple.
Best way to keep Goa green is to grab yourself a glass of feni. | IANS
The efforts to streamline the state "heritage drink" comes a month after the Goa government notified a formal policy, 'Goa Feni Policy 2021', which covers 26 different varieties of feni distilled in the state. "There were many barriers related to feni, which the policy has now addressed," treasurer of the Association Tukaram Haldankar said. One such hurdle was the previous government classification, which described feni as "country liquor", which would deter tourists from purchasing the drink. The reclassification of feni as a state "heritage drink" has lent dignity to the brew which has been manufactured locally in Goa since the 16th century.
"It should be a standard product like scotch, champagne," Haldankar said. "Like Mexico's tequila, Russian vodka and Japan's sake, we need to export our feni across the country and the world and the local distillers should also benefit economically," president of the Association Gurudutt Bhakta also said. (IANS/ MBI)
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