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Been sitting on this one since November 2018. Sorry for the delay. Life happens! Third year running I was invited for the launch of a new edition of the Google Pixel smartphone. The first Google Pixel launch I attended was in Delhi. The Google Pixel 2 launch I was privileged to be a part of, was at San Francisco! And the third launch, in India, was in time with the international launch. #TeamPixel got to turn on their Pixel 3s at the same time as the international launch. That was something. As a photographer, I’m far too thrilled to be part of the #TeamPixel family to be able to ever put it into words. And being a Google fangirl for so long, I always have to pinch myself whenever I get a chance to hang out with anything Google.

All images on this blog post have been photographed using the Google Pixel 3 XL. Edits in Adobe Lightroom ( mobile & desktop ) and some Adobe Photoshop. No additional gear / lenses were used. All images shot handheld.

During the international launch presentation, Google shared that at least 6 international magazine covers were featuring images that were made on the Pixel 3 XL. I thought, well, I could definitely attempt such a shoot myself. Maybe not for a magazine ( because that would involve a whole additional set of people and logistics ) but at least one of my own #NAINAxStyle editions for the Naina.co blog.

Credits for the garments, make-up and photos in this blog post : long jacket / overlay courtesy Urvashi Kaur | shirt is my own from Akanksh Redhu’s Label Cirare | trousers courtesy PoshPride | jewelery is my own, purchased from Amrapali | photographs of me shot by Akanksha Redhu | Google Pixel 3 XLs courtesy Google India | editing software courtesy Adobe India | make-up courtesy Benefit Cosmetics India – I’m wearing the BadGal Bang Mascara, which I absolutely LOVE, brows are Foolproof Brow Powder, PoreFessional Pearl Primer under my foundation, and the rather lovely Gold Rush blush on my cheek bones. The blush smells REAL good too – at least to my nose.

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With the Pixel 3, a really exciting bit of software was released for the camera as well. Called “Night Sight”, even before the update arrived to my device, I was excited as hell. I was checking for system updates pretty much twice a day if not more. The four images below are as-is straight out of camera ( or SOOC ). With HDR turned off, with normal HDR, with HDR + and then with Night Sight. It’s almost like it’s daylight! It’s obscene how wonderful this is. Night time photos are a BREEZE. But you need to have a steady hand. And it works on selfies too! There’s one of me, at night, after I got back from the gym, SOOC.

You’ll have to excuse me for my focus on the camera of the Pixel 3. For a more detailed, tech-type review, please see Bharat’s review on his blog.

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Bryan Adams at his Gurgaon concert.

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From indoor at night, indoor during the day, to outdoor at night and bright outdoors, the camera handles all kinds of lighting rather well. The selfie-wide mode is also helpful when trying to capture a full-length outfit on myself. If it’s a half-body portrait, you don’t use the wide-mode. And the bokeh effect on the Portrait mode is exceptionally well-done. There are some edges that aren’t clean but that can be rectified by choosing the correct contrast and subject / background distance when composing the image.

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The camera takes great portraits. This one of Umang Vanshika was shot in stark / harsh beauty-store lighting. It’s edited in Lightroom and KujiCam.

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This was shot at the Google Pixel 3 launch party at the Google India office in Gurgaon. Dress courtesy Citrus Fashions, footwear courtesy H&M India.

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