As said in the title, this is not a review of the camera. That has already been done countless times, so I thought I would just detail how I use it. So apologies if this post, is for want of a better word, disjointed! Also I will update this post over time as I find new or maybe better ways of achieving different things.
Now the 808 does not do Panorama natively, so you have to create it manually.
So how do you do that? Well very carefully is how. Obviously the first thing is selecting what you want to take the panorama of. Once selected, find the central point of the panorama and face it. Now keep your feet in the same position and turn your upper body to the left (I find left to right works best for me) and position the camera where you want to start. I might add at this point I would recommend having the viewfinder grid enabled, it helps to keep the horizon level as you pan round. Now unlike using an app for the panorama there is no restriction on how many images you can take, so don’t be afraid to have big overlaps. Now pan round taking images as you go, remember this is going to be cropped later so use 4:3 mode, it will give you more scope for cropping afterwards. Now snap away keeping as level as possible and only moving your upper body. Keep your feet and your arms as still as possible at the same distance from your body. I didn’t say it was easy 🙂
As someone just asked, I should point out that the resolution you take the images at is not that important, I tend to do most in 8Mp Pureview mode, but you can do them in full resolution, although you will have to be more patient if you do.
Hopefully this process will get simpler when, or if, Nokia gives us a Panorama option in the camera UI and not a separate application. Please, let’s do it right this time!
OK so now, with any luck, you have your images and it’s time to create the panorama. Sync your images with your PC, Mac if you prefer, although I don’t know what application you would use on a Mac. I use Image Composite Editor on my PC. Select the images and let the magic begin 🙂
The creation of the panorama is the easy part. Once created, select the area you want and crop. Your are done. Look forward to seeing what you all create.
This panorama was created in the same was as before, except afterwards I use Oloneo Photoengine to tonemap the image.
This area is still in development, results have not been bad, it’s just that I want to get the maximum! The maximum being a 2.7 second daytime exposure. Doing this at night is not as hard, so why is doing it during the day hard? Mainly because the 808’s camera only exposes for the full time when it is dark, during normal daylight condition it will only expose for a fraction of a second even with the ND filter on and ISO50 selected.
So how do we fool the camera into thinking it is night-time, when it is not? Some might call this cheating, I call it being creative 🙂 But essentially you give the 808 some sunglasses, and by sunglasses I mean an additional ND filter.
Attaching the filter is simple, all you need is two elastic bands. Also for long exposures, and even at nigh,t you will need a tripod for the best results.
I guess some of you by now are asking, why go to all this trouble? The answer is simply that I love long exposure photography, especially when water is involved. You can get some really stunning results.
This is one of my initial attempts to create daytime long exposures. I only managed 0.6 seconds with this image, but even then you can see the effect it has on the water. The image was post-processed using Oloneo Photoengine
On this attempt I managed 1.1 seconds. The reason I got a longer exposure on this was because I was facing away from the sun.
Essentially the brighter the conditions you have, the darker the ND filter needs to be to compensate.
Both images were created using a Manfrotto tripod, a Nokia 808 Pureview, a Hoya ND64 filter, a Hoya Polarizing filter and 2 elastic bands.
Created using 2 long exposure images, exposed for an average of 0.73 seconds (Sun facing) and fused in Oloneo Photoengine.
I do have a number of ND Filters of varying strengths so the search for the perfect image will continue.
For now, that is all. This post will be updated over time as I try to refine and improve on what I am doing with the Nokia 808 Pureview