How-To’s

Lowyat.TV: How To Install Android Apps Into Nokia X

by Chief Chapree · 1 month ago · No Comments · 1.1k views

The interface might looked different from your usual Android devices but make no mistake: Nokia X is indeed an Android device although the OS is based on Android Open Source Project codes and doesn’t have the native access to Google services. Hence, users are able to install Android apps into the device rather easily.

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How to Request Refund for an Accidental App or In-App Purchase

by Huei Song · 3 months ago · 2 Comments · 2.4k views

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So, we’ve shared with you how to restrict and even disable app and in-app purchases, but what if your child has already bought the app or in-app item? That’s not the end of the line for your hard-earned cash though, as both Apple and Google makes it pretty easy for you to get your refund. That is, of course, if your request is genuine and that you have not already spent the in-app goods.

Actually, you can obtain a refund for more reasons than just your child accidentally purchasing an app. If you are unsatisfied with the app that you’ve just paid good money for, your respective app store should be willing to refund your money to you.

Hit the break to find out how you can request for a refund from Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

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How To Take Better Pictures With Your Smartphone Camera

by Lucas Lau · 3 months ago · 6 Comments · 4.9k views

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It’s no secret that smartphones have quickly become the de facto image capture device, greatly reducing the convenience of a traditional point and shoot camera. Phones these days come with exceptional cameras in terms of the sensor, software or even the value added features like the flash; The unfortunate part however is that most of the time, the camera is left on Auto and is not brought to full potential.

Whether it be taking better selfies or shooting that breathtaking panorama short of a sunset, here are some tips to take better pictures with your Smartphone camera!

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Here’s How to Turn off Location Sharing for Facebook Messenger by Default and Why You Should Do It Right Away

by Huei Song · 3 months ago · 6 Comments · 5.2k views

Facebook Messenger App

I know this is nothing new, Facebook has been known to share user’s location information whether you want it to or not but did you know that Facebook Messenger shares your precise location, on a map, and it can even easily provide users with the direction to your location?

Facebook Messenger Get DirectionOh, how convenient

You know how when you are setting up your new phone, or granting permissions to an app you just installed, you tend to turn everything on and say yes to all the requests, particularly to popular apps that you can trust such as Facebook? Well, when you first installed opened Facebook, you said yes to sharing your location because sometimes you would like to check into places, and letting people know you are posting that status in Kuala Lumpur doesn’t hurt right? Wrong.

Hit the break to find out how and why you should turn off location service for your Facebook / Facebook Messenger app, especially if you have a not-so-tech-savvy friend, spouse and even parents.

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[REVISIT] Reader Questions: Bringing The Best Out Of Your Kit Lens

by Lucas Lau · 4 months ago · 3 Comments · 53 views

First thing I thought of when I read this letter incidentally

Today for our Wednesday photography features, we’ll go into one of the questions I got in my inbox from one of our readers Aaron/animefreak2k4. He writes:

“I’m Aaron and I enjoyed reading your ‘back to basics’ articles on LYN. I’m quite a beginner in digital photography but i’ve just invested in a new DSLR. I got a Canon EOS 600D with Kit lens 18-55mm.

But the one thing that i really would like to know at this moment is that, is it enough for me to just stick to my Kit lens, or must i get more lens to suit different types of photo shooting? Will the kit lens be sufficient for most types of shooting? (eg. landscape, portrait, micro etc).

Also would be very happy if you can introduce some great websites that teaches digital photography for beginners.

Thanks a lot!

Aaron”

Thanks for your email Aaron and hit the jump for our reply!

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[REVISIT] 12 Simple Tips To Improve Your Photography

by Lucas Lau · 5 months ago · 2 Comments · 83 views

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Whether you are a seasoned shooter or an aspiring beginner, there may be something in these tips that you can use to improve your pictures or even just your photography experience as a whole. Take these tips with a pinch or 2 of salt, don’t try to apply all of these at once and you will see results in no time! So without further ado, here we go!

1) Frame in your mind, not in your viewfinder

It’s too easy to be constrained by the small box which you are looking though in order to compose your photo. Those framelines will never fully capture what you envision, or even what’s happening around the scene. It’s always great to be able to know what you want and then only translate it to your viewfinder. Sometimes it may be hard, but also open your other eye to see what’s happening around you, you never know, it may result in one hell of a picture.

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How To Take Better Portrait Photos Without Spending A Bomb

by Lucas Lau · 5 months ago · 2 Comments · 135 views
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Copyright Lucas Lau for Kyoto Protocol

If you’ve ever used a camera, chances are you’ve also taken a portrait shot. Whether it be for someone on a holiday, a total stranger on the streets of your hometown, a sneaky shot of your partner or even a selfie for Instagram, they are all portraits of one form or another. As a working photographer, shooting portraits and headshots are part of my specialisation in the huge world of photographic genres and here are some tips that i’ve learned over the years that will get you shooting better portraits in no time!

First and foremost, the biggest question that everyone is inadvertently going to ask would be : “Which camera/lens/reflector/backdrop/CF Card/Tripod will improve my photos?”. While I don’t deny that things like an 85mm f/1.4, or a nice Elinchrom ring flash would improve your portraits with the proper knowhow, but we will focus on the things that DONT cost too much money and more about things that are not DSLR exclusive.

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[REVISIT] Back To Basics: White Balance

by Lucas Lau · 5 months ago · No Comments · 33 views

We’ve all been there. Aperture and shutter speed set perfectly according to the meter, exposure on the dot and subject looking great, but when you go to review your picture, it’s strangely awash in a sea of orange. Alternatively, your photo is so dull, it looks like none of the colors even resemble what is actually in front of you. Sometimes the color cast is not super obvious but there nonetheless and this phenomenon is due to the White Balance on your image going awry, giving your picture the wrong color temperature.

This week we look at how to correct the color in your pictures using White Balance and color temperatures on your camera. We look at what White Balance is, how to use presets and creative uses of white balance in your photos.

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[REVISIT] Back To Basics: The Exposure Triangle – Part 3 – Manual Modes

by Lucas Lau · 6 months ago · No Comments · 75 views

Part 1: ISO & Aperture
Part 2: Shutter Speed & Summary

For the last 2 weeks, we’ve been looking at how the 3 points of the exposure triangle relate to each other and create a good exposure. You should now be able to grasp fully the impact of each of the elements on the overall exposure of the image, if not, hit up the links above and read through them again. Now we are ready to put all these in practice with your brand spanking new DSLR, but where do you start? Isn’t that green box easier? I’m taking portraits, so wouldn’t the portrait mode preset be better?

This week we go through the different “Manual Modes” that a DSLR has to get you better acquainted with shooting. We will wean you off the dreaded Green Box and Presets to be able to mould and control exposure as you see fit. So if you’re ready, hit up the jump to continue!

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[REVISIT] Back To Basics: The Exposure Triangle – Part 2

by Lucas Lau · 6 months ago · 3 Comments · 78 views

Read Part 1: Aperture & ISO Here

Last time we looked at the first 2 prongs of the exposure triangle, Aperture and ISO. This week we’re going to tie it all together and talk about the last point, Shutter Speed and how everything relates to each other. Before you go any further, I suggest you read the first part in the link above lest you be confused. Again, this series of guides is for the absolute beginner and if you know all of these already, share the link with someone who doesn’t! =)

Shutter Speed

The third point to the Exposure Triangle is a thing we call shutter speed. Shutter speed is measured in seconds, going anywhere from 1/8000ths of a second to a full 30 seconds. Shutter speed is the indication of how long the camera shutter opens and exposes the sensor to light. Shutter speed can be compared to a pair of curtains on a window. The shutter speed is an indication of how long the curtains stay open before they shut again. Granted it would be hard to open the curtains for only 1/500ths of a second, but you get the idea.

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[Feature] Building A Gaming Rig On A Budget

by Farhan · 6 months ago · 35 Comments · 1.7k views

Arkham City

We here at Lowyat.NET are here to remind people that you don’t need a massive budget to play games. In fact, it can be done on a relatively modest budget. As a thought experiment, we have put together a midrange gaming rig that will allow you to play most games. Bear in mind that this won’t have the top of the line graphics processing that most people dream of, but it will get a decent frame rate at medium settings.

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[REVIST] Back To Basics: The Exposure Triangle – Part 1

by Lucas Lau · 6 months ago · 7 Comments · 127 views

For our photography related feature this week, we go way back to basics for everyone who has always wanted to get into photography but didn’t know how. In the first part, we will be looking into a basic, yet very important concept in photography: The relationship between Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO or the Exposure Triangle.

This concept will be employed in whatever form of photography you choose to pursue and should be second nature to you with time. The clearer you understand how the exposure triangle affects your images, the easier things will be for you down the road.

If you’re a grizzled veteran, this post is probably not for you, but for the rest of you who are new to the camera, or have yet to pick one up, I hope this post will help you on the first steps of your photographic journey.

This week, we look at what is the exposure triangle and what are ISO and Aperture.

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