I’ve had my Lumia 1020 for just over a year now and the camera on it has impressed me time and time again. I was initially given a few 1020’s to shoot a Red Bull Art of Motion video in Santorini but Nokia and 1000 Heads were kind enough to let me keep one after.
At the start of the year Nokia pushed out a camera update enabling RAW image capture. Normally only expensive DSLRs have the capability to save RAW sensor data so it was a nice way to further improve the highly-regarded camera on it. However, until recently you weren’t able to actually edit the RAW files on the phone, so the majority of the images in this post are edited in Adobe Lightroom. The new Lumia Creative Studio and Photoshop Express apps do give you better control over the final image but if you want total control, Lightroom is still the way to go.
As I’ve been doing mostly video work this year, my 5DII has stayed at home in hibernation mode – only coming out for one-off trips into central London with ND filters stacked on top of it. There is obviously a massive difference in quality between a professional DSLR and a smartphone but the size and ease of carrying a phone around has made it my preferred memory-taking device.
So, my year as captured by a mobile phone…