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January 30, 2014

Nokia Lumia Instagramer of the week: Kenneth Apeland

Incredibly, we now snap as many photos every 2 minutes as the whole of humanity did in the entire 19th century.

This is, of course, largely down to the advent of mobile photography and incredible camera smartphones like the Nokia Lumia 1020. In fact, for an increasing number of people their smartphone has actually unleashed a passion for photography they never knew they had. One such person is our latest Nokia Lumia Instagramer of the week, Kenneth Apeland. Hailing from the west coast of our beautiful Nordic neighbour Norway, Kenneth is a relatively recent convert to picture taking and to Instagram. But, as his awe inspiring photographs will show, he’s an incredibly fast learner. Before checking them out though, we asked Kenneth to share some of his thoughts about life with the world’s greatest camera smartphone.


So, Kenneth which Nokia Lumia do you have and what do most like about it?

I had the choice between a Nokia Lumia 1020 and iPhone 5s in September. I decided to go with the Lumia because of the camera and I’ve been loving it ever since then. I hadn’t been into cameras and photos before, but that changed drastically when I got my phone in mail. I was totally in love with the camera and even more now with the DNG support. I always have my phone with me and for that reason, it’s so easy to capture whatever I want.

Where do you shoot most of your photos and what sort of photos do you like to take best?

I take most of my pictures outside and near my home. For me, that is very obvious because I’m surrounded with beautiful nature and I haven’t got a car yet. I take most of my photos in the weekend and the reason for that is because I normally come too late home from school to get the bright natural light. I love taking photographs of the sea and sky, but I take pictures of whatever inspires my imagination.

What are your top tips for taking Instagram photos on your Nokia Lumia?

It’s all about natural light. You should try taking pictures without flash, even if  your phone wants to use it. Don’t try too many fancy things. I normally edit my photos, just to get my pictures brighter and more colorful, but you should beware of ruining it with too much editing. Simplicity is often the best tool for great pictures. Try using as low ISO as possible and longer shutterspeed if you’re trying to take still-pictures. That said, I’ve got some pretty decent shots using auto settings alone.

Which five Nokia Lumia instagramers do you recommend everyone to follow?

@Greynightshirt @detkodave @a7mdprince @aaa_6112  @brucegryllis


I don’t play guitar that much anymore, but I figured it would make a nice motive.


Everywhere I go, I think about where I can take some photos.


I’m a little obsessed with sunsets.


Here’s another one. Love the reflection on the water.


There’s a lot of boat-houses here. The weather was so nice that day.


This is a little pier down by the sea. Even though it’s cloudy, you can still take great pictures.


A little macro shot because the weather was so terrible before Christmas.


Up in the mountains on a field trip with my family.

kristina sitt auga, ferdig

This is yet more proof that this is a fantastic smartphone. This is my school friend’s eye.

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This is one of the first photos I took with my Nokia Lumia. After I edited it, it got even more beautiful.

We love Kenneth’s photography so much that he’s even inspired some of us to take shots of the Nordic sun. If you want to get inspired as well, be sure to check out his ace images on Instagram. And if you’re a Nokia Lumia Instagramer who’d like to see their work celebrated here, follow us on Instagram or share your best pics with #Lumia, or both. In the meantime, we’d love to know which of Kenneth photos most you clapping your hands in appreciation.