AAS How to Set the Nokia 808 up to satisfy ‘2013’ photo preferences

| August 16, 2013 | 6 Replies

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Steve Litchfield of AAS has come to accept that despite the powers at Nokia to bring true to life photos, the masses prefer a slightly augmented reality where brighter, pop more and slightly more vibrant.

He’s made a tutorial on how to get the 808 (which shoots very true to life colours) photos looking more to “2013” preferences, i.e. less on the ‘dull’ side and more on the ‘exciting’ vibrant side. Note, not simply oversaturated, but just looking like there’s more life in the photos.

There’s also a case of sharpness where sometimes the 808 might look a little soft.

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Nokia 808 purists (and I’m one of them, at heart) will point out that the images on full ‘auto’ are likely to be more use later on, perhaps increasing saturation and sharpness as needed in a photo editor, whereas the C1-shot versions already have this processing applied and, as you’d expect, some of the C1 image handling can’t be reversed. After all, having sharpened, you’ve already lost some of the original raw image information – you can’t effectively ‘unsharpen’ it, or at least bring the original pixel information back.

However, as you can see from the dynamic comparisons here*, a little Creative mode tweaking can get the Nokia 808 PureView very close to the ‘pleasing’ results from its 2013 competitors (including the Lumia 1020). And without sacrificing much of the traditional 808 advantages of ‘pureness’ and lossless zoom.

Of course, in the 808 you have custom modes that save particular settings for you.

BTW, something else to look at might be this post from May when we discussed Vibrance/Saturation, with video tutorials from people in the know.

Cheers Alvester for the tip!


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