Pictures of May with Nokia

Nokia contacted me to ask if I'd like to test out the Carl Zeiss camera on the Lumia 920 model. There was a time when my requirements for a phone would be that I could make calls on it and I could text. I was a dream customer to the person in the phone shop if they just wanted simple and swift interaction, but times change and now I need to be able to easily use social media, and I want it to have a decent camera. So I took Nokia up on their offer and for two weeks used the Lumia 920 to capture the world as I saw it.

The Nokia Lumia 920 (picture source nokia.com)

"It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer.  You need less imagination to be a painter because you can invent things.  But in photography everything is so ordinary; it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the extraordinary." - David Bailey 

On my iphone I've about half a dozen apps for cameras and I still don't feel any of them are 'the one'. We're all capturing our lives on a daily basis, and instead of the pictures sitting in an album occasionally getting flicked through, we're sharing them and not just with family and friends, we're sharing them with strangers. Odd thought isn't it? 

For people in the creative industry, our online images are as much of an online portfolio for us as they are a series of photos. As a blogger and a stylist I want to share my work with you. I like to show you behind the scenes action on photoshoots as it takes place and yes at times I may decide to share with you what I'm eating, although, usually it's pictures from the pub, so expect more drink than food in my uploads..... Looking back through my phone I also seem to take a lot of pictures of my mouth. It's a lipstick thing.

"Photography is an immediate reaction, drawing is a meditation." - Henri Cartier-Bresson 

I'm a social media addict. I confess. I used to work in social media and even now I still offer my services as a social media consultant to start-ups and small to medium businesses, it's a magical and powerful tool, and frankly I just love it. I may love vintage but I'm a modern girl and I combine vintage with a modern life. I think of Instagram as the social media version of a polaroid camera. You snap and you share, and I love seeing what else people are capturing.

Now at the moment of writing, the instagram app isn't available to use with this phone. Hmmm, that's a drawback as for many (including me) instagram IS an online business card for my blog and my stylist work. HOWEVER rumour has it that instagram will be available very soon, so if that is an important app for you then you might want to keep your ears open for that announcement.

In the meantime, Nokia have produced an app that shows and sends some real love to instagram. The fact I even know about this app is because someone on instagram suggested I use it and help spread the  word. The power of social media strikes again....

You'll notice these pictures have the hash-tag 2instawithlove , and whilst the filters on this app are few and you are forced to cope with a heavy crop of your pictures - for me, the filter effects are actually far superior to instagram, and now I've gone back to my normal phone and using instagram - I really miss those 2instawithlove filters. REALLY MISS THEM. 





I actually became a bit smitten with the 2instawithlove filters, which when combined with decent quality pictures for a camera phone, really transformed images in to something quite extraordinary. 



The other thing that was a slight issue for me, but if you're not Twitter obsessed you might not care, was that when I edited pictures using the general filters within in the camera (which again were few but simply fab effects) I couldn't then load the pictures in to a twitter update. Whenever I tried, I received a message that the picture was too big - but this was never an issue with those edited with the 2instawithlove app. Peculiar.

The camera on this phone IS really good, in fact it's excellent. It's sharp, it works well in bright and low light conditions and really is a good alternative to carrying a compact camera around when talking a bulky dslr isn't practical. The phone felt a little oversized at first compared to what I'm used to, but that feeling didn't last long and the benefits of having such a large screen became apparent when reading things online - could be useful for reading books on as a pocket sized alternative to a kindle.

I hold my hands up and admit that it takes me a long time to get used to a new phone, and when you're apple-ised this feels very different and at times I felt quite lost as to where to find things, but if they can get the instagram app sorted (but at the same time it would be a shame to lose those 2instawithlove filters - they really are more interesting than what instagram currently offers) and if I could easily load pics to twitter from my phone photo library that I've edited using the in-phone effects then yes, I would look at switching phones.

My contract doesn't come up for renewal until next year, so it will be interesting to see what developments the Window phone has made at that point and the camera's ability will be apart of my decision, because the  Carl Zeiss camera really is that good.

Thanks to Nokia Connects for inviting me to try out the Lumia 920. You can visit the Nokia Connect blog here 

For more details on 2instawithlove click here

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