Luigimario and the NA Photography Ambassador Program

  1. luigimario
    The Lab - OnePlus 6T Reviewer Jul 26, 2021

    luigimario , Jul 26, 2021 :
    Hi Everyone!

    I am very honoured to have been chosen for the OnePlus North American Photography Ambassador Program! I'll be using this thread to share my journey and photos with the OnePlus community. I was really pumped to received the Pine Green model for this program, so I'll be starting off with some unboxing/product shots to share the excitement. I also want to share a few initial photos I've taken out and about. I'll be updating the thread to share my photos and experiences with the 9 Pro cameras over the course of the program, which will last until January 2022. So please check back every couple of weeks to see what I have to share and follow my fellow ambassadors as well for some great photography and tips & tricks with using the 9 Pro.


    Just a few shots of the phone with a little help from some friends :D

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    I bought a Rinke Fusion X case to protect my phone, in case you're wondering. I wanted a case with clear back to admire the great Pine Green colourway. It would be a shame to cover it up. I feel like this case provides a good combination of protection and style and it only cost $15 CDN.


    Here are some initial photos I took just walking around my neighbourhood. I was surprised how well they came out with just the auto mode. I really liked the shots of the clouds!

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    That's it for now. Look forward to some great content from all the ambassadors every couple weeks. Take care and happy snapping! :cool: (Forgot to mention that I use YaImCo by @hennes to compress images for the forum when needed).
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2021

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  2. luigimario
    The Lab - OnePlus 6T Reviewer Aug 29, 2021

    Stickied Post
    luigimario , Aug 29, 2021 :
    Theme #3 - Architecture

    All right folks, time for our 3rd theme: Architecture. Buildings and other cool structures. So what did I know about architectural photography before taking on this task? Hint - not much. What does a person do in this situation? Google obviously! :p I hit up the interwebs for a little intro guide and tips on how to take decent photos of architecture. Have a look at the link below. I found the tips easy to follow and there weren't too many either. While I didn't follow all of the tips I feel like it helped me get some good shots.


    So the tips I tried to use were prioritize good lighting (took early morning photos this time), looks for a unique angle, and explore details as much as the whole. Most of the photos used auto mode with no zoom, the most I did zoom in was 2x on some of them. I also tried out the tilt shift feature, which was pretty neat. All images were compressed with YaImCo.

    I took a photo on opposite sides of this memorial and the lighting made quite the stark difference in the impression of it. It almost looks like two different structures.
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    These are two angles of the same building. The first photo caught a bit of the morning sun and made a little sun spot in the shot right above the "x" in the watermark. Interesting but probably not what a professional would do.
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    I captured 3 different views of this next building. The whole thing, just the clock tower, then a zoomed shot of the top of the clock tower (exploring the details).
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    This is a gazebo/band stand in the park. I took two photos from the same place but by turning the phone from portrait (vertical) to landscape (horizontal), it gives it a different framing and a bit of a different feel.
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    I tried to get several different angles of this next building and highlight it's angles and reflective exterior.
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    Here I used the tilt-shift feature, which blurs two bands and leaves the middle in focus. You can choose the level of blur from 0-100%. I used it to draw the focus to the graffiti on the wall and blur our the cars there. The second photo of the 7-11 sign used the tilt shift vertically to focus on the sign.
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    Here I tried to get some different angles at the train station, and draw attention to different things. One technique I employed was placing the phone on the ground to get a very low angle. It also helps to highlight lines and train tracks lend themselves to a view towards a vanishing point. Usually a nice effect.
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    Here are a couple sets of stairs. I thought the lines and perspective were neat.
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    This last photo is nicely framed in my opinion. I think the designer of the courtyard area did a good job with the look of the building and fountain in front of it.

    From what I learned about architectural photography basics, try different angles, different parts of the whole, different lightings/times of day or weather, and as usual take lots of photos. I took at least 2 shots of each photo just in case and it turned out well because sometimes one of the photos wasn't level or had something extra in the frame. With a lot of trials and patience, I think you can get some really nice architecture photos even as an amateur.

    Well, that's it for this installment. I hope you liked it and maybe learned something too. Until next time!

  3. luigimario
    The Lab - OnePlus 6T Reviewer Sep 16, 2021

    Stickied Post
    luigimario , Sep 16, 2021 :
    Theme #4 - Objects in Motion

    Sorry I'm a bit late with this post but here we go. This theme this time was objects in motion. Kind of hard to capture with still photos right? There are techniques to give a photo the impression of motion, some I didn't get to try like panning the camera along with a moving car so the background is blurred, or taking a long exposure to get trails of tail lights from moving cars. I think I was still able to capture some movement in the following photos.

    I noticed a lot of honeybee activity so I thought I would have another try with the macro lens and try to catch them in action. I used a selfie stick with a bluetooth remote so I could get the camera closer to the bees without getting too close myself. I also used the 2x zoom on the macro camera to get the shot in even closer. The first and second shots are a bit blurry, I assume because the bee was moving but the third shot looks better in focus.

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    I saw some kids playing basketball at the local court and asked if I could take some photos of the ball going into the net. I suppose that any one photo doesn't really convey motion, but these three together show the motion. This was taken in auto mode with 3x zoom.

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    I wanted to capture the motion of water in the rain but I wasn't lucky enough to have some appropriate weather, so I made my own. I simulated rain with the garden hose and a plastic container so I could capture the splashes of the rain drops. I used the pro mode and left everything on auto but had to play with the focus manually to get the water drops in focus.

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    Here I just laid the hose in the grass and it made a really cool wave of water. I used the auto mode for these.

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    I tried to get the stream of water directly out of the hose in these shots. Also done in auto mode, it looks more like an icicle than water in motion, but still interesting.

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    Now these are my favourites. I saved the best for last :D I went to the Toronto airport to get some photos of planes landing and I got really lucky to capture these shots. The plane went right over my head and was super loud! Then I got hit with a sand storm blown by the jet engines after it passed! I didn't have time to try any manual settings so I just used the auto mode and zoomed in for the last photo. It turned out better than I could have hoped for my only attempt.

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    I used the following articles to try and prepare for this topic. I think the tips are pretty helpful, especially using the Flightradar24 app to see airplane traffic to know when they are landing or taking off.




    There are so many things that can be photographed in motion. Using the tips above and some creativity it is possible to get some really interesting photos. Have fun out there!
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  4. luigimario
    The Lab - OnePlus 6T Reviewer Jul 26, 2021

    luigimario , Jul 26, 2021 :
    Theme #2 - Animals

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    Okay, now that I have your attention... The second theme for the NA Photography Ambassadors program is Animals!! So many cute fluffy animals! I don't have much nearby my home to photograph, except for neighbours' dogs and (nearly impossible to capture) wild rabbits or birds. So I decided to take a trip to the High Park Zoo in Toronto.

    It's definitely a lot easier to photograph animals that aren't running away from you, and they had a nice variety in the zoo. I didn't try anything fancy, just auto mode and zoom. I know the photography experts will probably correct me here but for the most part, the more you zoom in, the worse the picture quality becomes. At least once you get into digital zoom, it gets worse the more you zoom in.

    The 9 Pro has a maximum 3.3x optical zoom, and the digital zoom goes up to 30x. For some of the photos I went up to about 10x zoom, and while they don't look too bad, if you zoom on the photo you can see how it becomes less sharp. You will notice in the photos where I zoomed in heavily that they look a little fuzzy/blurry. From what I understand, the preferred technique is to shoot without zooming in, then crop (and zoom/enlarge?) the photo in editing later. It will result in a much clearer photo.

    I made a comparison of a cropped photo to zoomed photos below, you can really see the difference. I'll talk about it some more there but for now I will apologize for all the crappy zoomed photos in this post. I've learned something the hard way. It's better to get closer to the subject than zoom, and it's better to crop and zoom afterwards as well.

    This first photo was taken with minimal zoom (I think it was less than 3.3x on the optical zoom). The details are reasonably clear, even when you zoom in further. I think these were called Barberry Sheep.


    Here is a comparison of that first photo cropped, compared to a photo taken using a higher level of zoom on the camera. The first photo below is the zoomed photo, the second is the crop.

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    Notice in the second (cropped) photo that the detail of the fur on the body is better. In the zoomed photo (first) the fur blends together.

    Heavy zoom here blurred the details, but the cute little guy is scratching himself with his horn!


    Here's a Bison, the close up was using zoom and thus has blurred details. The Bison calf was having lunch too! (So cute!)

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    Here's an Emu. Sorry about the fence link in the frame. It was tricky to photograph through the fence.

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    Cute duck! Minimal zoom.


    The lamas were really cute!

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    Baby bison again!


    These are the capybaras. They are named Bonnie and Clyde because they escaped their cage and hid in the park for about a week! They didn't want to come close to the fence so there is some heavy zoom on the photos.

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    Not an animal, but I got some nice close ups of a monarch butterfly. Unfortunately I didn't use the macro lens because I was worried I would scare it away if I got too close. I was about half a foot from it but I used a little zoom to get a tight shot.

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    Okay, so that wraps up my post for Theme #2: Animals. One thing I've noticed about the 9 Pro cameras already is that the image processing makes everything look better than I thought it would. I feel like the photos I'm taking are above my skill level and I'm not doing anything really technical. @Antonio_Luis posted some great shots on his Instagram (@_antonioluis) that really show off how the camera makes colours pop. Everything looks vibrant and like it was touched up. It's quite handy for someone that doesn't know much about post processing or editing images.

    So, lessons learned:
    • Get closer to the subject rather than zoom, if possible.
    • It's better to take an unzoomed photo and crop it as you will get more details in the photo.
    • Patience is key to getting nice shots, especially of moving subjects like animals. Also, it's a digital camera so take a ton of photos and sort through it later to delete the ones you don't like.
    All right folks, until next time! (Feel free to submit any questions or requests about the cameras/modes or things you might like to see).
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  5. Dhruv Kashyap
    Jelly Bean Jul 26, 2021

    Dhruv Kashyap , Jul 26, 2021 :
    Congratulations on being chosen as the NA Photography Ambassador!!
    By these reserved posts, I am expecting some wonderful shots coming in :D

  6. luigimario
    The Lab - OnePlus 6T Reviewer Jul 26, 2021

    luigimario , Jul 26, 2021 :
    Thanks Dhruv, it's going to be a lot of fun!

  7. Bobbie63
    Marshmallow Jul 26, 2021

    Bobbie63 , Jul 26, 2021 :
    Congratulations on your ambassador-ship/being/thingy, will you promise us we don’t need to go over to Instagram?

  8. Shailender Sharma
    Nougat Jul 26, 2021

  9. Dresa91
    User of the Year 2016; Most Active User 2020 Jul 26, 2021

    Dresa91 , Jul 26, 2021 :
    Nice one my Pine Green Brother:)

  10. luigimario
    The Lab - OnePlus 6T Reviewer Jul 26, 2021

    luigimario , Jul 26, 2021 :
    Haha, thanks! And yes, I will be maintaining this thread for the benefit of the community, no need to go all Zuckerberg if you don't want to ;)

    Lol not sure about magic, but I will give it my best! I hope to be able to offer some tips and advice to other aspiring photographers the more I use and learn with the 9 Pro.

    Oh yes! We all got the same colour, but I am very happy that it is green. :D

  11. Bobbie63
    Marshmallow Jul 26, 2021

    Bobbie63 , Jul 26, 2021 :


  12. Dresa91
    User of the Year 2016; Most Active User 2020 Jul 26, 2021

    Dresa91 , Jul 26, 2021 :

  13. anunayC
    Ice Cream Sandwich Jul 26, 2021

  14. luigimario
    The Lab - OnePlus 6T Reviewer Jul 26, 2021

    luigimario , Jul 26, 2021 :
    Just like a fancy restaurant. Reservations only! 😂

  15. BeingIncog
    Nougat Jul 26, 2021

  16. ayemei
    Jelly Bean Jul 27, 2021

    ayemei , Jul 27, 2021 :
    Congrats on being the OP NA Ambassador!

    Love the clear case! I would have also put on a clear case on the phone. 😄😄

  17. B_Wrath
    Nougat Jul 27, 2021

    B_Wrath , Jul 27, 2021 :
    You know you can get the posts pinned right? :rolleyes:

    And congrats on becoming the photography ambassador!:)
    Remember our talks during the earlier LAB days. Please promise to take photos like a normal user and if you do end up using advanced stuff, do tell the method.

  18. luigimario
    The Lab - OnePlus 6T Reviewer Jul 27, 2021

    luigimario , Jul 27, 2021 :
    Lol I was thinking the same thing!

    Thanks! I prefer clear cases and was disappointed that one didn't come in the box 😭

    Asking someone to pin posts is a pain, this was easier 😉 Plus there's a whole page of dancing Luigis now!

    Yes, that is my intention for this thread and journey. I want it to be accessible to beginner photographers and I will do my best to talk about any techniques and camera modes I use. Most things will probably be in auto mode but I'll try to describe how I took the photos as well. For example, getting really close to the subject for macro photos. I will also be sure to discuss the techniques and tricks I learn as I go along. I want people to be able to browse this thread and learn at least one thing to help take better photos. ✌️

  19. Yash Pratap Singh.
    Lollipop Jul 27, 2021

    Yash Pratap Singh. , Jul 27, 2021 :
    Exactly what I was going to point out lol

    I just report my own post and write 'Pin it please' in the comment box....it gets pinned by mods in a few minutes.

    It helps to bump the thread too :rolleyes:

  20. luigimario
    The Lab - OnePlus 6T Reviewer Jul 27, 2021

    luigimario , Jul 27, 2021 :
    Lol I don't want to make more work for anyone. And the thread keeps getting bumped everytime guys like you come here to troll me 😏

  21. Yash Pratap Singh.
    Lollipop Jul 27, 2021

    Yash Pratap Singh. , Jul 27, 2021 :
    Hehe....anyways, Congrats on becoming the Photography Ambassador :cool:

  22. hennes
    YaImCo Developer Jul 27, 2021

    hennes , Jul 27, 2021 :
    Congrats for being a North-Amarican Photography Ambassador Program Member.
    Wowww, in German, you could also make it one of those very long words and you would have one of the rare words with 3 M's in a row.
    A page full of reservations, you make me curious, ok I'm very curious what's still to come, the start you already succeeded, great photos, keep it up.

    Question: Why are you posting under the United States region when you are from Canada. The North American Ambassador Program includes more than just the US.