Most, if not all my pictures, are taken in the day where there is still natural light for better image and quality. Though I attended a session of night photography tutorial, I have not put the learning into action as there is a lot of settings to consider when it comes to taking photos at night.
Recently, I was at the introductory launch of Casio EXILIM EX-ZR5000, which features an upgraded 19mm super wide-angle lens and wide view photo mode to deliver expensive and high-impact scenic photographs. Coupled with this lens upgrade was a larger image sensor which enables better processing of images even in dim lighting conditions. Like other Casio cameras, the EXILIM EX-ZR5000 is built for selfies with its Tilt-type LCD and front shutter for selfies and Makeup mode for bringing out the the user’s beauty with clarity, while creating a natural and fresh-looking skin tone.
So I brought the Casio EXILIM EX-ZR5000 out for a night out, a little like a first date, having to learn, understand and get comfy with each other and hopefully it can take OOTD pictures for me without getting cranky and perspiring from our humid weather.
A short stroll away from my work place, my photo date started at the promenade. With a little assistance from a lightweight tripod and the self-timer mode, I took a couple of pictures which managed to capture the background of lighted buildings without underexposing my face. The selfie also managed to capture the background to bring about enough details of my location.
The night out with the Casio Exilim EX-ZR5000 seems like it is off to a good start looking at those first couple of pictures and I gladly took my “date”a little further down towards Marina Bay Sands.
The EX-ZR5000 is built with a lot of modes to choose from ranging from sunset, fireworks, flowing waters, panaroma to sports, makeup and even blurred background to cater to the wide range of situations we can encounter.
Tested out the Blurred Background mode, the image was taken as a normal image and the software intelligently renders the image to blur the background to artificially create the bokeh.
Another mode that I experimented with was the Art Mode – Sparkling Shot, which picks out light sources and adds glints and glimmers to the photos. The final outcome is a sparkly photo reminiscing the cozy warmth of Christmas.
While walking along the waterfront of Marina Bay Sands, I came across a quiet section which was a comfortable spot for the OOTD setup.
Set the camera atop the tripod, activated the Bluetooth on the EX-ZR5000 and my smartphone to pair my phone with the camera . The pairing allows me to download pictures directly to my phone and also to control the shutter via my mobile phone.
If I hadn’t told you, would you have guessed that I took the pictures below myself by activating the shutter through my phone?
Even with people walking past, they didn’t give me weird looks and stares while I was taking my own pictures as they probably thought I was just looking at my phone. Such a great invention to save me from any embarrassing stares!
However, I don’t quite fancy having a mobile phone in my hand in every photo. And this brings me to another function which has been thoughtfully designed for selfies and I found very helpful in taking my own OOTD. The Motion Shutter detector feature activates the shutter by simply waving my hand in front of the camera.
The below shot was taken with sitting myself down, adjusting my skirt and positioning before waving at the camera to activate the shutter for the shot.
It was a great night out with the Casio Exilim EX-ZR5000, the wide angle and make up mode captures more beauty in a frame and sensitivity of the camera sensors makes it possible to take decent photos in dim conditions.
The intelligent features of the camera provides the safety net to a beautiful photo and all you have to do is smile.
Hanging up those heels for a while as I prepare for the week ahead!
* This post was made possible by Casio Singapore.