Monday, September 24, 2018

Adieu #III, Nokia Lumia 720

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Adieu #III, Nokia Lumia 720

'Mobile photography, saying Auld Lang Syne to my old and trustworthy Nokia Lumia 720, Part III'

What I enjoyed most with this low-end / mid-range phone are the high contrast and punchy colors of images as captured by the 6.1MP rear camera. This is helped, undoubtfully, by the Zeiss optics and fast f/1.9 lens. The camera itself is rather a simple fare, it does not have optical image stabilization of the Lumia 920 or the huge sensor as in the PureView 808, neither does it come with HDR or Panorama shooting modes or creative filters.

The camera served me well, and with its Windows 8 OS, creating a workflow from the camera to my desktop image management system, Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3), for post-processing is equally easy. On OV3 the images were given the minimum one-two-three tweaks with Auto Tone Correction, Brightness & Contrast, and Unsharp Mask, or more when I was looking for a more creative look for the images. Final print sharpening is normally done on Google NIK Sharpener Pro 3.



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Shoot better photos with your phone by following these simple rules

Social media mavens have noticed a trend over the last few years: Images have begun to displace words as the dominant cultural currency. While services like Twitter - once the third most trafficked social network - have stagnated, apps such as Instagram and Snapchat have exploded.

Take better smartphone photos with these simple tips and tricks

By now we're all familiar with the basics of smartphone photography: You pull out your phone and push a button. But if you really plan to preserve those memories for posterity, then you'll want your phone snaps to look their best. So up your phone photo game with these nine tips and tricks.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Adieu #II, Nokia Lumia 720

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Adieu #II, Nokia Lumia 720

'Mobile photography, saying Auld Lang Syne to my old and trustworthy Nokia Lumia 720, Part II'

This is the second of a three-part post where I say adieu to my old and trustworthy Nokia Lumia 720 which I have been using for almost five years to the day. The phone has been through tough and thin with me, the screen is cracked and is taped over with a couple of small camera LCD screen protectors, and the battery is getting depleted even before the day is over.

Most of the images were originally captured in 16:9 aspect ratio, out of which a collection of it has also been posted as part of my weekly musing on this blog. These 1:1 image crops are edits which I am also using on my Instagram profile, with which you can do the likes, follow, or post a comment or two. Thank you.



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How to Improve Your Mobile Photography in 2018

Smartphones have taken the fine art of photography and put it in the hands of anyone willing to hone their skills. Unfortunately for a lot of us, developing those skills could take a long time-time we really just don't have in between careers, personal relationships, and figuring out which new

Moment - The Ultimate Guide to Shooting Manual Photography on Mobile

Everything you need to know for getting the most out of your photography with manual settings on your mobile device.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Adieu #I, Nokia Lumia 720

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Adieu #I, Nokia Lumia 720

'Mobile photography, saying Auld Lang Syne to my old and trustworthy Nokia Lumia 720, Part I'

This will be Part I of a three-part post where I say adieu to my old and trustworthy Nokia Lumia 720. It has been quite a while since I began using the consumer grade Nokia Lumia 720, about five years ago, and the phone is now showing severe sign of old age. The battery does not keep its charge for more than a few hours, the screen is cracked and is taped over with a couple of small camera LCD screen protectors.

The Nokia Lumia 720, together with its Windows Phone 8 OS, was arguably the slickest mobile phone system available then and was super-desirable. Though it came with only a decent display (low on the pixels), it does have a very competent 8MP rear camera that makes up for other shortcomings and was good enough for me to enjoy an archive of high-quality images.



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Creating High Contrast Black and White Photos With Your Smartphone

One of the most popular looks that many photographers showcase on the web is the high contrast black and white look.The growing popularity has to do with the fact that it obscures everything else in a scene to a certain point and forces people to focus on the most simple parts of the scene that they really want you to pay attention to.

A Beginner's Guide to Doing Black and White Photography

If you've never tried black and white photography before, you may be wondering what the appeal is. After all, isn't it a little like black and white television or silent movies - an anachronism in our modern, high-tech age? The answer is no, definitely not.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Rainy Days, Nokia Lumia 720

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Rainy Days, Nokia Lumia 720

'Mobile photography. Stuck in the rain? Turn to your mobile phone, It could be fun, and it can also give a moment or two of relief and enlightenment'

It is not always good fun to be stuck in the rain, worse still if you are a photographer, as you have to figure out how to keep yourself and your equipment dry. It could be just as bad if you are caught driving in the rain or while waiting to pick someone up. Driving in the city, for example, traffic could be down to a crawl, going bumper to bumper, with no end in sight. Have a camera phone handy? Could be fun, and it can also give a moment or two of relief and enlightenment.

On these rainy days, and where you are at, external lighting will usually be flat, the surrounding mushy, muted and dreary. Water sprays and mist from moving vehicles adds to the misery. Look again, defocus your vision, absorb the environment as a whole, and you may soon realize that the jewel of the composition forming in front of your eyes is the raindrops that are falling on your windscreen...



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Making Pictures in the Rain from Nikon

There are perfectly good reasons why people don't like to take pictures when it's raining. It's messy; you have to work to keep yourself and your equipment dry. But, with a little planning and the right gear, it can be well worth the effort.

Tips From a Pro: Shoot in the Rain

"I love shooting in the rain," says Art Wolfe. "I find inclement weather brilliant to work in. When most people pack up and hide, I bundle up and go out." Preparing at the time of this interview for a whirlwind tour of Thailand, India, and Japan, the Seattle-based Wolfe is a tireless traveler, photo-workshop guru, and, of course, a preeminent nature photographer.

Monday, September 3, 2018

In the Mall, Olympus XA1

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In the Mall, Olympus XA1

'Analog diary, scenes in the mall with a handy and simple point-and-shoot 35mm full-frame film camera'

Taking along the Olympus XA1, the simplest of the XA Capsula cameras produced by Olympus from over three decades ago is as easy as grabbing one and slipping it into your shirt pocket or purse as you are on your way out of the door. The XA1, a full frame 35mm film camera, is complete with its own capsule cover that slides back to open up the lens when you ready for the action.

This true point-and-shoot camera is exceptionally easy to use and maintain, firstly as the electro-mechanical shutter system is powered by a selenium cell, the camera does not need a battery for its operation.

The fixed focus D.Zuiko 35mm F4 is, of course, focus free, and images are sharp from 1.5 meters onward, and the programmed shutter ranges from F4/1.30 second to F22/1.250 second automatically depending on the ambient lighting situation.

Would you rather carry around a film camera instead of relying only on your handphone? Images captured on film may come out better than digital images when shot in natural lighting, it has a higher dynamic range, and film grain is aesthetically pleasing. All said and done, when all photo images can always be enhanced with a little bit of sharpening, scanned film images can also be given the same treatment in your process workflow.



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Olympus XA1, All You Need To Know

How much do you know about the Olympus XA1 ? Not much, I assume. You might even be surprised to know that the model ever existed. Seems that the XA1 is the least acknowledged or known of the compact clamshell designed 35mm range/viewfinder film cameras made popular by Olympus in the 80's.

5 frames with an Olympus XA1 - By Howard Hurd - 35mmc

The Olympus XA1 is probably the simplest camera I own. Part of the iconic XA series, it has a fixed focus 35mm f4 lens and automatic battery-free exposure. There is only one setting to worry about - selecting with 100 or 400ISO for the film speed.

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