There’s no doubt that mobile phone photography is a lot of fun. With mobile phones being so portable and with any number of effects and filters, mobile photography has become its own art form. But most of us don’t give much thought to the actual camera lens in our smartphone. Without a good lens, however, you’re not going to get a good photo, no matter how hard you try.
For those of you using the latest Nokia smartphones, you’ll be thrilled to know that you’re using true top-of-the-line photographic technology – a Carl Zeiss camera lens. Carl Zeiss was a German optics maker in the 1800s. This guy was the undisputed master in the industry, constantly coming up with better ways to make and use lenses for microscopes. Mr. Zeiss died in 1888, but his company still continues to lead the field in optics. Zeiss optical technology can be found in cameras (both mobile and professional), advanced medical instruments, movie cameras, and binoculars. NASA even uses Zeiss lenses in their very expensive equipment!
So, in your tiny Nokia mobile phone is a tiny camera lens that is as powerful and technologically advanced as those found in high-end professional cameras. Wow.
So now that you know this, it’s time to really challenge yourself. The time for thinking, “That’s a pretty good shot for a camera phone,” is over. Learn to use your filters and settings. (A good tip for this is to take several pictures of the same scene on different settings. After awhile you’ll learn which combination of settings is best for each type of scenario.) Try out those shots you’ve never attempted before because you didn’t have a “real” camera. If you do take a photograph and it doesn’t come out well, how can you adjusts your settings? Remember, with a Zeiss lens at your disposal, if the picture stinks it’s you, not the camera! With this in mind, you can actually use your bad photos to help improve your photography skills.
Your Nokia phone is capable of producing incredible images. Don’t just let this fabulous camera lens sit in there and go to waste! Unleash its full photography potential – and yours.