Selfie in 1020 Pureview


I can’t take all of the credit for my pictures that you see here on the left.  Sure, the look, wardrobe and character driven attitude are all mine, but you have to give credit to the artist on the other side of the lens. Oh, I almost forgot that I am the photographer too.

Yup, this is a set of “selfie” shots.  Of course, I had to take the selfie to the next level and thankfully there are some Windows Phone apps to help me out.  I also used a bit of lighting and a tripod.  Sometimes you need more than a straightened out arm and a good guess as to where you’ll be in the faming.  Maybe I didn’t get full-on selfies.  Maybe I’ll call them “helpies”.  Ya know…cuz I had help.

Whatever you want to call them, let’s see some more and introduce you to the apps involved.


This picture is obviously from the same shoot at the introductory collage.  For this shoot, I used the Nokia Camera app on the Lumia 1020.  I wanted a quick and easy setup, so I only fiddled with a setting or two and I went into the settings menu to set the timer.  I used the maximum amount of time (10 seconds) so that I could get into place and center myself in the frame.

I’d like to see Nokia Camera add a couple of features to help out the selfie photographers out there.

#1 – I’d like an audible (beep/countdown) or visual (flash) warning that the shot is about to be taken.
#2 – I’d like Nokia Camera to allow me to set a series of shots.  For example, it would be cool to set it up for 4 shots, 5 seconds in between each shot.
#3 – I’d like it to give me confidence during the shoot. Tell me how good looking I am and how it has never seen anyone with such presence within the lens before.  I apologize…forget this whole #3 please. 11_21_2013_jpg(2)

For the next set of shots, I tried out a new app called TapShoot.  TapShoot allows you to use two devices to help get you in the shot.   The first thing I did was fire up the app on the phone that I wanted to be the camera, which was the Lumia 1020.  The app uses NFC technology, so I tapped the 1020 with my Lumia 920 to connect them.  After they connect, my 920 becomes like a remote for the 1020 through a Bluetooth connection and some developer wizardry.  This picture you see to the right is me looking at the screen of the 920 that is controlling the 1020 that took the picture.  Phew…I hope that wasn’t too confusing.

11_21_2013_jpg(3)This one here I call “Reflections on a Selfie” for a obvious reason.  This is the same TapShoot setup complete with a light and the Lumia 1020 on a tripod.

You already know that I’m seeing what the 1020 sees, on the red Lumia 920 screen.  It is being sent via Bluetooth and it’s a video feed.  My two devices were really close together, but connection was still lost and the video feed was choppy.  In addition to those things, I’d like TapShoot to save a higher resolution11_21_2013_jpg(12).

Finally, it wouldn’t be me if I didn’t do something goofy.  Here’s the goofy, but the picture has more story to tell.  See the DSLR and lenses occupying space in this frame?  This is me saying that I don’t need all that bulky equipment, for every job.  For many circumstances, a phone with a camera like the Lumia 1020 has, will do the job!

With that, I’m going to leave you to download some apps and take your selfie game to the next level.  Both apps are available in the Windows Phone store at the links listed above.  Go get ‘em and show us what you got!

About jeffdalydose

...a little bit of this, a little bit of that, and a whole lot of awesome!

Posted on November 23, 2013, in Photography, Technology and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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