For a start I shall come out and say I am in the “Love it” camp where the Nokia N8 is concerned. It’s almost a year now since the N8 hit the shelves, so I thought it was time to do a post about my experience with its camera over that time.
I can already hear the haters saying that the camera UI sucks,… well, yes it did to some extent but it’s got a whole lot better recentlywith the Symbian Anna update and the new beta from Nokia Beta Labs
So is there a foolproof method for taking photos with the Nokia N8? No, of course not but for me I have some simple tips that I tend to use.
Do not take landscape images in “Auto” mode, take the time to set landscape mode. I also tend to set “colour tone” to vivid as well. The colours simply stand out more and in my opinion make for a better shot. I realise this might be teaching some of you to suck eggs but I bet most do not change their settings at all. The results are worth the couple of clicks. Also I tend to take landscape shots in the 16:9 aspect ratio but that is just a personal choice. As you can see from the shots above it does not really matter, it’s up to you.
To do HDR photography on the Nokia N8 you will need an application. The one I use is HDR Photo Camera. I use this simply to take the three images required to create a HDR photo. I do not use the application to fuse the images together, for that I use a pc application called Photomatix Pro.
I am no expert when it comes to HDR, but I do enjoy tinkering with the images. You can get some pretty impressive results. I have uploaded 2 of my own efforts, not too bad for a rank amateur. I also found one from Cristian VeVa which I particularly like.
As of yet I do not think I have mastered the art of macro images, Not necessarily how to take them but how to select the right subject! Maybe my brain is not wired correctly for that.