Anyone that has met me in person already knows how much I like to talk about my Nokia Lumia 1020 Windows Phone, which for the time being is running Windows Phone 8.1, as it’s older and just runs like butter, where on 10 Mobile it was a bit rough. The key to this piece is that while I love to boast what the 1020 can do, and no it’s not a matter of “Moar Megapixels = Better Pictures!”, it’s more complex than that, please read and make informed comments before assuming my love for the 1020 is a “More Megapixels” game straight up.
After listening this morning to Daily Tech News Show # 2678, Tom discussed this subject of smartphone camera’s and taking better pictures with Myriam Joire, I decided this would be a great time to do a quick article with some of my photos, along with Myriam’s advice from the show. First up, we’ll dive straight into the advice points from Myriam on DTNS, and then I’ll do some quick samples from my various devices:
This first set of photo’s was before I was into any type of photography, and was not aware of these tips above in any real capacity, but I was already covering the basics of thinking about my shot, the lighting, and my subjects. These photo’s were taken with my first Windows Phone, and Nokia Lumia 520, pretty much the most basic phone I could get at the time with a simple 5 MP camera, no flash, and no front camera, and yet they turned out pretty good for starters and I’ve seen way worse photos from iPhone 6’s and the like.
Even this black and white one above while a fair amount grainy and dark, turned out way better than when I attempted it with the flash turned on, and the effect is also way better with the rule of thirds where I did not fully centre the car or motor in the shot.
Following up with better hardware and software and more attention to detail on these rules, framing and planning the shot, are some photos taken with my Lumia 1020. No flash, no zoom, and these are the 5 MP over-sampled shots letting the software do it’s work, not the raw 34 MP shots. Even these photos I was only just learning the rules, but the pictures turned out pretty fine, but could be better with more application of the rule of thirds:
Finally, a pair of raw 34 MP shots, which can be good and bad, they are very high resolution with a lot of raw detail, but without the oversampling to make an amazing 5 MP – ish picture. Overall when you look at it on your display though, they probably don’t look remarkably better than the shots above. But they still look great as some time was spent thinking about and setting up the shot, avoiding usage of zoom and flash, and generally doing more than just standing in-front of the subject and taking a picture. For automotive pictures I’m usually kneeled down, or flat on the ground to get the angle I like…but it makes for a cooler picture than just square in-front of the subject. Obviously the first shot was edited, but only to remove colour and then quickly re-add the red taillight, the second shot I planned out more intentionally, framed off-centre and came out with an awesome camping shot.
(Also, that’s a fake vanity plate meant to look authentic, not a real one, so I didn’t both blurring it out.)
I’ll say it up front, my Photos are far from professional photography yet and most of what I’ve posted here for samples are before I learned rules similar to what I’ve listed above. It’s only been in the last few months that I’ve started to pay attention more and have likewise flagged that one of the key features I want in a smartphone now is a great camera set (hardware & software), as that is what I like to use the most. As I continue to take more photos I’m absolutely going to be paying more attention to the tips mentioned via Daily Tech News Show, and expect to see continued improvement in results. My next big test will be in March at this years International Auto & Truck Show in Calgary, Alberta!