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Studio Fashion Shoot Using the Nokia Lumia 1020 Smartphone

By Hanssie on October 1st 2013

Under the well controlled lights and backgrounds of an in-studio shoot, Nokia camera experts, Ari Partinen, and colleague Marko Saari, set about to test how the Nokia Lumia 1020 smartphone performed.

Setting up soft boxes and external flashes, Ari and Marko also utilized the the built-in xenon flash in the Lumia 1020 as a trigger, Ari explains:

“The flash on the Lumia 1020 has two short pulses. So we used a small external flash as a medium to disable the first pre-flash pulse coming from the Lumia 1020, and then fired the main external flashes only on the second pulse. This made sure the main flashes were synchronized perfectly with the moment we pressed the shutter key on the Lumia 1020.”

“We could have just used bright lights to illuminate the subject and not challenge ourselves with the flash synchronization. But for us, it was important we could capture the movement in the pictures and you can only really do that with a xenon flash.” 


The resulting images are pretty good, proving that once again, it isn’t about what camera you have, but how you use it.


For more info about the details and design of the Nokia Lumia 1020, check out our featured article about the phone HERE.

(Via @Conversations By Nokia)

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Nick

    lee didn’t trigger lights with his iphone, so the topic was not in the grave.

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  2. Jacob delaRosa

    I’m more impressed that they managed to sync the flashes with the phone. Lee and his crew put this topic in the grave years ago.

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