Xiaomi empowers young creatives with Xiaomi Masterclass series

Xiaomi’s Masterclass on Mobile Photography encouraged aspiring photographers to capture moments in time with phones like the Xiaomi 13T Series. (L-R) Tomi Adrias, Xiaomi Philippines Head of Marketing; photographer Jonathan Hodder; journalist Atom Araullo and Louise So, Xiaomi Philippines Community Manager.

Mobile photography has opened the doors for many young creatives. Following the release of the Xiaomi 13T Series, the top smartphone brand recently hosted a Xiaomi Masterclass for Mobile Photography titled “Story in Sight: A Masterclass in Mobile Visual Storytelling” for students of San Beda University, members of the media, and the Xiaomi community.

The event was led by award-winning journalist Atom Araullo and renowned photographer Jonathan Hodder. They gave valuable insights on visual storytelling based on their personal and professional experiences. 

Atom Araullo: From childhood to now as a seasoned journalist, Atom Araullo's style of visual storytelling is capturing authentic moments in time.

Atom covered the basics of visual storytelling from his years as a reporter. He shared photos he took as a child and as a seasoned journalist covering stories around the Philippines and abroad. He talked about some photojournalism rules that are applicable to capturing moments in time, whether he’s on the field or just taking snapshots during his personal time. “The best camera is the camera you have with you. If you're a documentary photographer, you usually want to take a photo of the moment and you don't want your camera to disturb the scene. Mobile phones are discreet, you can carry them anywhere, and they don’t disturb the scene,” Atom said.

Jonathan Hodder: Renowned photographer Jonathan Hodder's advice for aspiring photographers is to snap real people and events to tell an impactful story.

On the topic of telling cohesive stories through mobile photography, Jonathan talked about how visually impactful images can catch people’s attention and make them feel something. He showcased stunning shots of spontaneous scenes around the world to showcase people’s everyday lives, and provided tips on how budding photographers could achieve this. “If you’re taking photos of truth, you must be true to yourself,” Jonathan advised.

Both speakers offered helpful tips on maximizing the features of the Xiaomi 13T to capture everyday masterpieces. Xiaomi 13T is equipped with a 50MP rear camera that can capture details in high definition. Powered by Mediatek Dimensity 8200 Ultra chipset and a 5000mAh battery, mobile photographers are able to shoot smoothly without worrying about any lag or battery drainage.

Capturing masterpieces in sight

The Xiaomi Mobile Masterclass is part of a three-pronged series to showcase the talents of young photographers using the Xiaomi 13T Series. It kicked off with a Xiaomi 13T Series Photowalk in Intramuros on November 17.

Group photo: San Beda University students unleashed their photography skills during Xiaomi's immersive photowalk at Intramuros with renowned photographer Jonathan Hodder

With the theme “Story in Sight,” the immersive photowalk challenged 10 select students from San Beda University to showcase their mobile photography prowess in capturing Intramuros’ most scenic and authentic moments. It also enabled them to unleash their creative freedom in capturing and telling meaningful stories in every shot.

The student-participants went to various historic locations within Manila’s walled city, including Baluarte de Dilao, Plaza de Roma, Plaza Moriones, Fort Santiago, and San Agustin Church.

“We want to show our appreciation to the talented students who brought their passion for photography and visual storytelling to our Xiaomi Masterclass series. The beauty of the Xiaomi 13T is that it allows even the most casual photographers to take stunning shots of everyday moments. We’re so glad it’s become a tool to inspire up-and-coming creatives as well,” said Tomi Adrias, Xiaomi Philippines Head of Marketing.

The Xiaomi Masterclass series will conclude with an exhibit showcasing the shots taken by the young photographers from San Beda University. This further reiterates Xiaomi’s mission to inspire and enable up-and-coming creatives that can capture everyday moments and tell compelling stories with their smartphones.

Anyone can capture everyday masterpieces with just a snap of a smartphone camera. Bring them to life with the Xiaomi 13T starting at Php 26,999 and Xiaomi 13T Pro starting at P37,999 via Xiaomi’s online stores on Lazada, Shopee, and Tiktok Store and authorized Xiaomi stores.

For more information, visit Xiaomi's official Facebook page and Xiaomi’s official website.