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October 28, 2013

Richard Dorman: My top Nokia Lumia 1020 photo tips – Part. 2

A couple of weeks ago we caught up with mobile photography ace and blogger Richard Dorman to find out his top ten Nokia Lumia 1020 photography tips.

They were so detailed that we decided to split his insights into two parts. Now we can finally bring you the second instalment. (Part one’s here.) So, grab your Nokia Lumia 1020, get your trigger finger ready and put your hands together for this week’s mobile photography master class. Take it away, Richard!


Re-framing is something new just for the Nokia Lumia 1020, and very, very useful when trying to photograph animals who tend not to pose for you. So getting a quick shot and not having to worry about whether you got it in just the right position is very helpful. One thing to keep in mind though is that a re-framed image is of slightly lower quality than the original zoomed image simply because it’s created from the jpeg image rather than directly from the camera sensor. Having said that, it is still of a higher quality than anything else taken by the Nokia Lumia 1020’s competition.

A squirrel in St James Park, London



Long exposure – night time

Most people tend to take photos of traffic or then they light-paint at night, but that is not all you can do. Essentially, anything can be photographed at night as long as there is some light, be it a streetlight some distance away, or a lit fountain. Fountains are especially good because the moves, giving you a misty effect with a long exposure. For example, this image was taken in Hyde Park, London at ISO 800 and 4-second exposure:


The trick is to select the right ISO for the image you want. Also a tripod can be useful to prevent blur. At the very least, find somewhere to rest the camera so it doesn’t move during exposure.

Long exposure – daytime

Taking long exposures during the day is a tricky thing to do but, in the right location, can produce stunning results. I have as not been to a location with waterfalls since getting the Nokia Lumia 1020, something I will hopefully rectify soon. One of the main reasons for doing long exposures during the day is to get that misty effect with water:


If you fancy trying this out, then you will need a little extra kit. Most importantly some sunglasses for the camera in the form of ND(Neutral density) filters and some ever-trusty elastic bands.

For full details, you can visit my blog on how to achieve these results and more:

Star trails

The most important thing for star photography is: Location, Location, Location. For star trails in particular, a north facing direction helps, if you live in the Northern Hemisphere. If someone would like to support my travel south, I can check that out too 🙂 . The location must not have too many light sources and you need to be able to see stars of course. But you will need some source of light so that you have a foreground element or an interest factor to the image.


For details on exactly how to do this with your Lumia 1020, then visit the blog link I posted earlier.

Finally, my last tip is simple


Some cracking tips from a man who has been there and done that when it comes to mobile photography. Needless to say, we’d love to hear which you think are most useful. Alternatively, feel free to share your own in the comments below.