This week we interviewed a long-time member who's passion for mobile phones lead him to create his own site. Having the mobile photography as an hobbie and passion, he shared some beautiful landscapes from his country, Switzerland, on our site. Here's his interview. 1. Tell us a bit about yourself.
My Name is Daniel, I am 25 years old and live in Switzerland.
I am an IT professional and part of my job is the installation and maintenance of servers, clients and networks and of course the user support, basically anything but software development.
I usually spend my free time with my friends and family, I try to work out once in a while and occasionally enjoy some gaming on my Xbox.
One thing I am really passionate about is my favorite football club "FC Basel 1893", I am a huge fan ever since I grew up!
Last but not least, I really like photography! But you already know that 2. What was your journey to mobile photography?
To start with a fun-fact, I have never owned a real camera! A few disposable cameras for holidays in my childhood aside, all I know about photography is based on my experience with phones.
I think I was about 13-14 years old, when I finally got my first mobile phone, the Nokia 3650. I probably was the last kid in school to get a phone of his own, but at the same time, I was the first one to have a phone with a built-in camera. The horrible 0.3MP images and the pixelated 15-seconds videos I was able to shoot with it, didnít exactly impressed me but it was fun to play with it nevertheless.
Until the Nokia N95 came along, photography was just a gimmick on my phones for meÖ The N95 changed that to a certain degree. As impressive as it was, it still had its quirks. But it got me more excited about the future of mobile photography.
So when the Nokia N8 was announced, I knew that it was going to be my next phone for sure. The N8 was what really started my addiction for mobile photography. The experience I got from using the N8 came in really handy, when I upgraded to the Nokia 808 PureView.
Of course after the 808, there was no going back to anything below that stunning image quality. Which is why I choose the Lumia 1020 as its successor.
I like the challenge of mobile photography, the cameras are inferior to real DSLRís and it requires more attention to get a great photo. I think I learned a lot about photography in general, from shooting on my phones. And of course knowing that I always have my camera with me for taking spontaneous pictures is another bonus.3. What phone(s) do you use to take your photographs?
Right now, I own the Nokia Lumia 1020 and the Nokia 808 PureView. The Lumia takes the cake for video, but for still photography I prefer my 808.
Usually I only carry my Lumia with me, but for special occasions I take the 808 along too. Its superior speed and impressive battery life are really helpful for an amateur like me.4. What is your favorite kind of photography? What you consider to be your specialties?
Switzerland has a wide variety of different landscapes, I always keep my eyes open for those. Marcos are cool too, the combination of DoF and lossless zoom on the 808/1020 can create great effects.
I am always trying to get photos of people in a natural way, not the staged/fake poses, but I am still working on getting that right.5. Do you use any mobile photography accessories?
On my Nokia 808, I use the lanyard that came with it. It probably looks a little dorky, but it adds safety and makes sure I donít drop my phone. I can only recommend it, because it allows for more flexibility and safety for more risky shots (like leaning over a bridge, on a boat or just some angles you usually donít feel comfortable with otherwise.
As for the Lumia 1020, I got the camera grip as part of my pre-order back last year. It is really fun to use, but unfortunately attaching/removing the grip puts a lot of pressure on the USB port and I guess I used it too many times by nowÖ It broke the USB port and my Lumia is now in repair. I still have a full year of warranty, so I probably continue using it. But once my warranty runs out next year, I am not going to touch it again.6. Do you take advantage of the many photography apps that are available for smartphones? If so, tell us your favorite ones.
Since most apps donít take full advantage of the 41MP sensor on the Lumia 1020, I try to avoid them.
I stick to the Nokia Camera application and sometimes for group shots or just for fun, I use the smart sequence feature in it. I especially like the ability to change faces of people, it works surprisingly well. Reframing and Creative Studio are great tools too!7. What are your ambitions as a mobile photographer?
I am happy with my job and donít think I have the talent to go Pro anyway.
So this is pretty simple, I just want to enjoy taking photos as a hobby. To learn from others and receive feedback is the reason why I am part of the community here.8. What would be your dream camera phone?
Considering the options currently available on the market, the Lumia 1020 is a perfect match for me.
Building a Frankenstein-Phone out of the current options, Iíd say:
Iíd take the size of the Lumia 930, but cut down the screen to 4.7Ē/1080p, to make space for HTCís boom sound speakers. Throw in the LG G3ís Snapdragon 805 to handle the 1020ís camera (or go with an imaging processor like in the 808 to boost the speed, if the 805 isnít enough).
A microSD Card slot and built-in wireless charging should be there as well. If there is any space left, give me a larger battery or make it removable. Having it waterproofed like the Sony flagships are, would be nice too.
Looking at the next generation, I hope that we will see a 1020 successor summer/autumn next year. Sporting a Snapdragon 810 which should solve all the performance issues the 1020 has right now and hopefully bring back wireless charging and microSD cards.9. Select what you consider to be the best 3 photos that you have shared at The Mobile Photography Blog.
Picking three favorites was not easy, but I guess I go with these:
1. Mountain Lake
2. Mountain Flower
3. Dreamy dog10. Finally, beside our site, where can we find you on the internet world?
Aside from here, you can find me on Twitter (@theOne1893
), on G+ (https://plus.google.com/u/0/115337833429431533901
) and Flickr (https://www.flickr.com/photos/theone1893/
) and I also have a Blog, but that hasnít been updated in a long time (http://theonecfw.blogspot.com/
Don't forget to check his gallery
on our site!