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July 9, 2014

Around the world in 80 Lumias: Brazil

Things might not have gone to plan when it comes to the beautiful game, but Brazil is still one of the world’s most beautiful countries.

Known for both its lush nature and sophisticated cities, this multi-cultural country full of stunning vistas. Which is great for us—it gives our next Around the World in 80 Lumias featured photographer, São Paulo resident Marcelo Sant’Anna, plenty of options to choose from while capturing his country on camera. But before we take a look at some of these shots, let’s talk to Marcelo about his country and his favorite ways to use his Lumia 1020.


How did you get into photography?

I got into photography with a Nokia 6700 slide, in 2010 (it is still working perfectly). I took nice photos using its camera of 5MP. In 2011, I started using the N8, with a camera of 12MP, and I fell in love with photography and started editing using its own editor. In 2012, I was given a present from my dear wife, a 808 Pureview and fell in love once more. Although I was an amateur, I preferred not to use the automatic mode and explored all the functions of this amazing device. In the summer of 2013, I started using Lumia 720 and had my first contact with Windows Phone, which provided me with more functions of photographing and editing (the photos of 720 have a better illumination and definition, even the nocturnes). Currently I’m using Lumia 1020, which was made available by Nokia Brasil, to whom I have a profound gratitude.

What do you like best about your Lumia?

I feel more comfortable taking pics with this device because it corresponds to all my expectations and many times surpasses it. Besides the fascinating camera, Nokia Lumia has fantastic apps, like Nokia Creative Studio, that I use to edit my photos. I also love the experience and the sensation that Lumia offers regarding the games and songs, Nokia MixRadio is one example. I like to know that there are always updates, making Lumia even better.

Where in Brazil do you like to shoot photos most and why?

São Paulo offers infinite themes to photograph, but nature and water are my favourite. They make me feel an inner peace and well-being. We have Ibirapuera Park here, an oasis inside the city, where I like to meditate and take photos of the flowers, trees, lakes and all the beauties that nature offers. Many of my pictures on Instagram are related to this. I also like to photograph daily life events, anything and everything that calls my attention.

What are your 3 top tips for shooting awesome Lumia photos?

Tip 1
Before taking your photos, don’t forget to adjust the white balance to match the period of the day you want to register, sunny or cloudy, for example.
If it’s the sunrise, sunset or night, I suggest using the colour-matching option in Nokia Creative Studio. It makes the colours hotter or colder.

Tip 2
Try to use the flash (Fill Flash) on sunny days. During the day, this function fill the shadows generated by the position of the sun, ideal to photograph people.

Tip 3
Explore all the different angles! Unique angles makes photos more interesting.


Ibirapuera Park – View of the bridge and lake


Preparing to fly


Avenues of the city turn into bike lanes on weekends. On the left, a shopping center!


Sunset in the city!

Created with Nokia Refocus

Municipal theater of the city


Luz Station – Structures were brought from England to this building!


Water and nature in Ibirapuera Park


Trains around town


Lights and colors


People on the move!

We hope that you enjoyed the latest stopover in beautiful Brazil! If you loved Marcelo’s photos as much as we did, go check out more of his shots around the web, at Instagram and Flickr.

Which of Marcelo’s shots is your favourite? Let us know in the comments!