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Getting creative with your Nokia Lumia, and in particular the Lumia 925, is now more fun and much simpler, thanks to Nokia Smart Camera. We have previously published a walk-through about Action Shot Action Shot last week, and today we’re showing you how to use Motion Focus.

Nokia Smart Camera

[do action=”boxout”]Download Nokia Smart Camera

  1. Press the Search button on your Nokia Lumia and then tap Vision
  2. Scan the QR code
  3. Tap on the link when it appears on the screen
  4. Install the application from the Windows Phone Store[/do]

Your Lumia 925 comes with Nokia Smart Camera, positioned on the Start screen for easy access. However, if you want to use the Nokia Smart Camera as your default camera, load it up and find the set default camera option within the settings bar at the bottom. From now on, you’ll automatically switch on Nokia Smart Camera when you press the camera key.

As we discussed before, Nokia Smart Camera takes a series of 10 photos in a 2.5 second time frame. It’s this series of images that provide enough data points for you to create interesting and artistic photos.

The pre-installed features of the Nokia Smart Camera include Best Shot, Action Shot, Change Faces and Remove Moving Objects. To add Motion Focus into the palette, update your Nokia Smart Camera in the Store.

Firstly, decide what you want to capture and stand still pointing your camera in one destination while you capture it. Once the progress bar (it’s actually a circle) has finished, you’re ready to apply the Motion Focus.


Remember, with Motion Focus you need to capture a moving object. Trying to apply Motion Focus to a still object just won’t work – that’s what Blur is for in Creative Studio.

With your collection of photos ready to be ‘tweaked’, you’ll be presented with some options on what effect you want to apply. Obviously, we’re going with Motion Focus for this, so scroll down until you see that option and tap it to select it.

Initially, Motion Focus will select one (or more, if it’s a busy photo) of the items in your shot and blur everything else, leaving an in-focus subject.

If you want to choose a different frame, or subject, slide your finger from left to right across the screen and you’ll see outlines of subjects miraculously appear.

Lift your finger at any point to highlight that object, instead of the one chosen by default.


You’ve also got the option to add two different blur types such as low, or high. As it sounds, here you can choose how blurred you want the backdrop to be.

Now, with your Motion Focused masterpiece, you can save it on your phone for later viewing, or editing should you want to rework it – that’s one of the great features of Nokia Smart Camera.

As always, share your creation with your friends or family on Facebook or Twitter, as well as via email, messaging or Tap&Send.