Got a new phone the other day. One of the Nokia Lumia versions, the 920. The camera with an 8.7 MP PureView sensor is supposed to be one of the best features. Well, having used a Windows 7 phone for a while, I really like the upgrade to Windows 8 but the camera is not as great as I had hoped. Even though it has a higher megapixel rating, it’s pretty noisy and not as sharp as I expected, what with the Carl Zeiss Tessar lens and all. But even so, it’s not too bad. Still as good as my old Samsung and iPhone.
This rather silly shot was taken with window light and the one thing that I appreciated was how the camera actually gave a very good balance between highlights and shadows. Almost a High Dynamic Range (HDR) effect. I took the original image and did modifications with Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop to increase sharpness and luminance and adjust the vibrance and clarity. But even with the modifications, I couldn’t save certain parts of the image.
I’ve included the original, straight out of the phone, image for comparison.
For quick shots when I can’t carry my DSLR, this new phone camera will be a pretty good alternative.
Here are a few snapshots from my first day out with the new phone. Really saturates the blue. Looks like Kodachrome.
I shot this image a few months back at or local produce market. The texture and natural design features caught my eye. I used my phone camera for this one and enhanced the image using Adobe Photoshop CS6 formodification to add depth and light and dark tones. And finally I added a slight curve and burned some shadows for a more rounded, 3D look.
I decided to move the color version into Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 for this monochrome conversion.
I’m already missing the ocean. I decided to reminisce about warmer times when I visited this beach in Jacksonville Florida and my first attempts at nine exposure High Dynamic Range photography. For this image, I ended up using only seven of the images since they contained more than enough of the dynamic range needed. And with Nik Silver Efex Pro 2, the monochrome conversion was lots of fun. This one is a higher contrast version.