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Take the Lumia 1020 into a photo studio and you’ll get stunning results

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As if you needed more proof that the Nokia Lumia 1020 has the best camera on a smartphone. We’ve seen it pushed to the limits with a photographer for National Geographic. And just earlier today we saw the results from giving snapping on a macro lens to the already impressive camera magic in the Lumia 1020. So what happens when the Lumia 1020 is put in a studio setting? Very impressive results. Check them out below.

Nokia’s resident camera expert, Ari Partinen, took the Lumia 1020 into the studio. Shooting in the studio is great because the photographer can control literally everything, especially the lighting. Along with colleague Marko Saari, Ari used various soft boxes and external flashes for the shoot. The Pro Cam app on the Lumia 1020 allows users fine control over various settings. For the photo shoot, white balance was set to daylight, ISO was at 100, and the exposure time set to 1/200.

Lumia 1020 Photo Studio

The Lumia 1020 doesn’t come with any cords to sync with flashes, so how did they trigger them? A lot of flashes can receive a variety of inputs. For this shot, Ari set it up so that the flash would ignore the focus flash on the Lumia 1020 and fire when the external flash saw the Xenon flash. Check out the rest of the results at the Nokia Conversations blog.

Have any specific questions about the set up? Follow Ari on Twitter (@Partinen) to get your questions answered.  

Source: Nokia Conversations



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goncaluu says:

Do we even need more proofs of how good this piece of tec is

Marylin Manson never looked so good.

bbennett40 says:

That was so wrong. (but I giggled)

Piro.Garay says:

It's not Marylin Manson, it's AeroSmith... A hot AeroSmith, who I'd like to take to the movies... Ha ha.

rodneyej says:

You mean Steven Tyler?

No he meant the whole Aerosmith band looks like this one person. I don't even know who those two people are.

cybertechie says:

Wonderful clarity and sharpness. Im sure this nokia device will give budget dslr a run for their money

WhyFiNYC says:

Honestly, the takeaway from this should be, "light is the most important aspect of photography"... but that'll be lost on most. 

hysonmb says:

This is true, but, it does't hurt to have a great camera that can take advantage of all that effort spent setting up the lights.

NIST says:

Hit the lights

He hasn't commented on here, yet...

rodneyej says:

Why, so you can be with your man????? LOL!

karlkrist says:

Subject is big too. And composition.

TheCudder says:

This. Take a midr-range point & shoot camera with manual controls with these same lighting setup & you'll get the same results.

Clavitox says:

But this is a phone

techiez says:

and I've used Nokia pro cam on Lumia 720 to the same effect ;)

Letros says:

This is why you don't take close pictures of faces with a wide angle lens, she probably is an attractive girl IRL.


It's an interesting exercise, but the wide angle lens really makes it inappropriate for this type of application.

Zulfigar says:

Whoa, we're talking about the girl, not your selfie...

lubbalots says:

Wow! There's more to the 1020 camera than we know.

Yes! It can make horses almost look like people.

lubbalots says:

That's amazing!

This comment made me LOL!

RedSamurai says:

Comment of the day :D

We all know how well the 1020 performs. It rocks! Now, if we had a WPCentral giveaway on this (and/or the 1020), or a photo contest, then more people can enjoy these amazing devices.

LaNiQuE says:

So basically Dan should buy us all 1020's great idea

I meant that they should have a 1020 and 925 giveaway, not give these devices to everyone. Although, that would be cool.

Sony did this with one of their phones a few years ago, and even posted the photos as full-page magazine ads. They were quite impressive.

Oh the wonders of studio lighting...

Micah Dawson says:

I actually took some pics for my portfolio with my 1020. This camera is amazing.

xratola says:

Is today 1020's day? .-.

raycpl says:

Everyday is 1020 day !!! LOL

xratola says:

I'm afraid you're right but on the other hand
We're on 1020's age until the next Lumia generation is launched.

rodneyej says:

So I'm watching TV and what do I see? A MotoX commercial blatantly copying the Lumia 1020 recital commercial... Warning, this is going to make you sick!!


Cool story bro I just got off the toilet on another note.

rodneyej says:

If you aren't interested then just pass the post up... It's that simple.

Ordeith says:

That "lazy phone" guy does a great android impersonation. Android is just like that :-).

LaNiQuE says:

This is hilarious cause they never said it would be good pictures just that you could take some easier then on other phones

rodneyej says:

Yeah, its nothing our dedicated camera button can't top...

It's funny, because before that little update Motorola pushed, the camera took terrible pictures. Still does, Lumia 1020 ftw!

rodneyej says:

Yep❕❕ Nokiasoft is doing a lot right when the others are copying them from every direction..

ericesque says:

Hah!  I never paid enough attention to a lazy phone commercial to get that the guy was supposed to be the other person's phone.  Now I'm watching them all on youtube.  They're about the only enjoyable phone commercials I've seen.  Thanks!  

rodneyej says:

You're not supposed to enjoy them, bacon neck,, you're supposed to be outraged, and jealous, like me❕

I work in a photo studio. This is great, at very least for brainstorming. And more than enough for instagram. :P

Flubby2 says:

Just got in my car after a studio session taking yearbook pictures. Inside was another customer with a yellow 1020. Coincidence?? I think not... .

Ultimateone says:

I think every new day the comments just keep getting worse on all the postings...

Yeah, they need to thumb-up/down on mobile.

1st off, even the website doesn't even have thumb up/down. Second, BLAHJAJAJAJAJAJAJAJA!

willied says:

Especially this one. :P

Mooncow27 says:

Impressive results. I like the detail in the pic.

tulak says:

Give me a pucking brake!
Can we talk above if the phone is able to make a calls!
Phone will never used in studio! Please stop this marketing BS nonsense!

csd_images says:

I'm a sem-pro photographer, and yes I take BTS images with the Lumia 920. It comes in handy at times. I've even shot full YouTube videos with the 920 for clients.
So yes it does have a place in a studio or location, a big one? No, but a useful one when you can't be bothered trying to process a 20mp+ image just for documentation. 

Yes please, let's talk about a basic feature all phones do.  That would be so interesting.  If you don't appreciate this, then this phone is obviously not for you which makes me wonder why you are even commenting in the first place.