A Boracay Experience with the Asus Zenfone 5

Back to the Island with the Zenfone 5!

A couple of weeks ago, Asus gave us a chance to experience the newly re-opened island of Boracay. It was an awesome three days of sun and sand but it wasn’t all about chilling. They brought along nearly all of their PixelMasters to give us a brief mobile photography class so we could really capture the beauty of the island using our Zenfone 5.

We were given some amazing tips and tricks, dos and don’ts, as well as guided us on how to take some amazing photos as we checked out all the beaches. Our friends from UnGeek have already a great article on some of our key learnings but, if we were to sum it up it would be:

  • Get to know your gear. When you’ve settled into your phone of choice, get to know its strengths and weaknesses. It’s in and outs. Don’t force the issue if it can’t handle low-light situations if you aren’t shooting long exposures. Also, they do recommend that you read the manual that comes in the box. It’s there for a reason.
  • Keep shooting. This is the best way to figure out what your phone can actually do, aside from looking around the internet for sample photos. Go out there and experiment. Go into “Pro Mode” and fiddle around. Don’t be afraid. It’s all digital and you don’t have to pay for film anymore.
  • Stop chimping. Chimping is what you and I do when we take a photo and then immediately check for the results. Sometimes the act of checking your shots all the time can lead you to miss out on some pretty great and real moments with your subjects. This coincides with the tip above to keep shooting and then when you’ve gotten a few minutes in then check your photos.
  • Get in close. While great expanses are what you would typically expect to see when we talk travel photography, sometimes getting in close to capture the details of a certain area can provide a — for the lack of a better word — closer look at the region you’re in. Now, sometimes that means getting into the action, such as the shot that we shared on Instagram (Also, below) of me taking one for the team and possibly swallowing sea water to catch the curl of the wave.

Now those are just some of the tips from the workshop the PixelMasters held for us. Now, it’s time to check out a few of our favorite photos from the trip.

The PixelMasters Show Us How It’s Done

Now that you’ve seen some of our favorite shots that we’ve taken during our walks on the island, it’s time to show you what the PixelMasters captured through the lens of their own Zenfone 5’s. As they say, “it’s the Indian, not the pana.”

Photos by Arelene Donaire

Photos by Dail Deri

Photos by Jay Ermitano

Photos by Ricky Ladia

Photos by Nicco Valenzuela

Photos by Ken Go

There you have it, folks. Great photos from the Asus Zenfone 5 taken by some amazing photographers. If you want to check out our review for the Asus Zenfone 5 family and learn about the Asus PixelMaster Workshops, click on the links below:

ASUS ZenFone 5 Review: Long Awaited Comeback

ASUS ZenFone 5 Review: Long Awaited Comeback

ASUS ZenFone 5 Review: Long Awaited Comeback


Jamie Inocian

A self-confessed geek. Jamie started out helping out on the Unbox Podcast and became the Digital Sales Manager when he joined the team full time. He has since then transitioned into one of our Senior Editors and Head Video Producer.

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