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5 Weirdly timed selfies that you can take with your XOLO Era 1X smartphone

Selfies- we cannot resist taking them no matter where we are. Of course, that doesn’t stop us from clicking away, even when we probably should. Here are 5 weirdly timed selfies you can take with your XOLO Era 1X.

1. While at the gym


If the daredevil in you wants to take a selfie while on the treadmill or doing push ups, go for it. Unlike most people who cringe at the thought of sweaty, red faced pictures, you have a secret weapon- the Era 1X camera’s Beauty Mode. It automatically enhances pictures, making you look great all the time.


2. When you’re in trouble


Your car has stalled and you’re waiting by the roadside for a tow truck. What do you do to pass time? Take selfies of course! After all, your Era 1X front camera ensures you always get the perfect selfie- be it day or night (that’s what the front flash is for- low light photography!)


3. While being messy


Birthday cake being smashed on your face? Covered with dough after a pie-making session? What a great photo-op! but don’t just settle for a regular selfie. Try the Live Photo mode on the Xolo Era 1X, which will capture all the action, with accompanying sounds.


4. While you’re being yelled at



So, what if you’re being yelled at by your parents for coming home late but bae needs photographic proof that you’ve reached home safe and sound? Or what if bae is the one who’s had enough of you? Double tap on your Era 1X’s home button, and you’re directed straight to the camera. Click and send- because misery sure does like company.


5. While getting medical attention


Celebrities take hospital bed selfies all the time. So, why shouldn’t you? Although, you might have to sneak your smartphone into the operation theatre for this, which is highly unlikely. But there’s no harm in trying,right?

So, what are you waiting for? Get your pout on! Your Instagram followers are waiting!

Learn How to Get That Perfect Shot in Low Light

Imagine you’re out for a romantic late night dinner. Or, more likely, you’re out for a post-midnight drive around town with friends. The moon is gorgeous, falling just right on all your faces. The mood is alive. The scene is set… the urge to take a picture is growing stronger. And then, you give in. The camera clicks but the result is an utter disappointment.

If your photo is full of images like this, it’s time that you took a crash course in low light photography.

1. Stabilise your shot- The camera shutter needs to stay open for longer to get enough light, so a moving camera can ruin your picture. Try to keep your camera steady when you’re taking a picture in low light. Take support or use a tripod if you can.



2.Adjust your settings – White balance and focusing becomes even more important when the surrounding is dark. So, make sure you click on the subject you want focus on before taking the picture. You can also manually change the ISO and shutter speed. And don’t worry if you’re new to it, just play around with the settings and see what works best.



3. Do NOT zoom – If you feel you’re too far away, get a little closer to the subject, but try to avoid using the digital zoom option in your phone. In most cases, this is almost the same as cropping it afterwards. Advanced smartphones with optical zoom can help you get a high-quality photograph that’ll fool anyone into thinking you were right there!



4. Use the environment- As much as light is important for a good photo, you don’t want too much of it, and you don’t want it from the wrong angle. Try using natural lights such as car headlights or streetlights, rather than depending on your flash, which could be too harsh and too direct.



5. Edit wisely- Desperate times call for desperate measures! When the light is bad, don’t shy away from using filters and editing your photograph. A tweak of brightness and contrast levels can make a huge difference. Several android phones also give you a raw image that has much more scope for processing but if your phone isn’t one of them, you can still reduce noisy shadows with handy editing apps.


The next time you have a great late night, make sure you have the photos to prove it!

Take smartphone photography to the next level with these cool accessories

Want phone pictures that are just as great as those from your DSLR? Well, that’s possible now! Thanks to various smartphone accessories. Read on as we list some of the best ones.


External Flash

A handier version of the off-camera flash used for DSLRs, this attachment provides soft and illuminating light source for your phone. With this in tow, you’ll never again have to compromise with the harsh lighting of your phone’s flash. When buying, look for ones with both warm and white LEDs which will help you control the angle and intensity of the light to bring more depth to your photos and night-time videos.




Smartphone Tripod Mounts

Smartphone tripods are compact, lightweight and perfect for adventure photography. They come in different shapes and types, and some designs even have adjustable legs that can stretch and bend. This makes it easy to place them on uneven surfaces. When done, fold and store it in your backpack and continue your travels. 


Auxiliary Lenses

Want exceptional image quality, but don’t want to lug around a DSLR camera? Auxiliary lenses for smartphones are the answer. They are compact and can be clipped on to your smartphone’s camera. These lenses offer brilliant macro, fisheye and wide angle shots like any professional camera. Which means you can capture approximately 180 degree field of view with fisheye and double of that with wide angle lens right from your smartphone.




Remote Triggers

Your smartphone can not only replace your DSLR, it can even make your DSLR experience better! How? Just download one of the remote trigger apps on your smartphone and connect it to your camera. This lets you take the kind of pictures you want, from a distance. Some apps also let you choose sound and motion triggers. You can choose when and what your camera clicks, whether it is multiple pictures for combining into HDR or time-lapse photography.




Selfie Sticks

You know they get a bad name for no reason. Avid self-portrait enthusiasts will find that makes an excellent smartphone accessory as it combines style with functionality. It has a detachable Bluetooth remote, a foldable tripod and a sturdy mount to keep your smartphone safe and make the mounting of the phone a single handed, double tap experience.



So, get clicking with these smartphone essentials and set your inner shutterbug free!



What makes Xolo Era 2 smart camera so smart?

Have you ever taken a picture, hoping to capture the moment as it happens; instead all you got was a blurry image? Or maybe you tried to record a short video, but perhaps missed the moment even before the camera started rolling. If you have faced any of these issues, you should know that you aren’t alone. Many people, especially smartphone users, have always wanted a little more from their phone camera in terms of quality and functionality. It just so happens that XOLO has been listening, and as a result, the Era 2 is designed with a Smart Camera that lets you do a whole lot more than ever before. What’s a smart camera, you ask? Well, in simple terms, it’s a camera that has several smart features that take smartphone photography to a whole new level.

  • Quality images in low light: Almost every smartphone user has been victim to fuzzy, pixilated images, especially when it comes to snapping pictures in darker environments. With the Era 2’s smart camera, you no longer have to worry about grainy, red eye images that give you a ghostly appearance. Why? Because the camera has Big Pixel Technology and a 4P Largan Lens, which together, give you clear and sharp images, even when taken in low light settings. Now all those precious moments from your barbeque nights and moonlight drives can be captured just as they happened.






  • Time Lapse Photography: Okay, so not everyone has the time and patience to sit through long videos of you driving down a winding beach road (despite the scenic view). But they might sit through it because they love you. Luckily, with Time Lapse Photography, you don’t have to put them through the trouble. This feature speeds up the playback on your video, making it seem like time is moving faster. So, now you can show off your cooking or craft-making skills without worrying about trying anyone’s patience.







  • Quick! Get the camera: Let’s be honest; we’ve all missed out on great photo opportunities because we couldn’t get to the camera quick enough. That’s another thing that Era 2’s Smart Camera hopes to eliminate. A simple double tap on the home button takes you straight to the camera, even while using any other application. Less time to get to the camera means you’re definitely going to capture those candid moments.


  • Live Photos: No, these aren’t micro videos, though they might appear to be. Live Photos are simply animated pictures that include sound. They capture 1.5 seconds before and after hitting the camera button, allowing you to get a capture a complete reaction. So, the next time your kid squeals with joy over a new gift, yes, you’ll get that full reaction on camera.Don’t think that’s good enough? Well, there’s more to the Era 2’s Smart Camera than that. Slow Motion, Panorama, Active Shot and Beauty Mode (which practically edits your picture to make it perfect) are some of the other features this smartphone camera offers.