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Gallery: Nokia N8 Black and White Photography

A nice setting that’s been on Nseries for quite a while is the ability to switch to black and white photos. Sure you could post process later but I don’t really bother with things like that. With the N8, you don’t need to. In addition, you can tweak the contrast and the exposure levels to play around more with your photos.

As a tip I make my own profile by going into


Then change to black and white/high contrast. On N82 I put contrast up and flash on but with N8 I leave this off and tweak it shot for shot. You can change contrast levels too if you wanted.

I do wish that the camera UI was nicer, like the N900 AND remembered your last used settings like the N900 (THOUGH N900 did not have B&W option, or many of Symbian camera options). Many options should not be buried in keypresses! They thought about the multitouch resolution change nicely but left a lot of things blank. There’s a whole freaking unused screen realty here.

I don’t want to be all artsy fartsy – I haven’t the skills 😀 But sometimes there are appropriate moments for black and white which would make a bigger impact than if the same photo had been

done in colour.

What I love about mobile phone photography, especially if the N8 is your camera – it’s always with you. I took these quickly whilst walking home for lunch.

Just point, shoot. DONE.

Focusing on darker parts of the image brightens up the final image. You can play about to get your wanted level of tones this way, i.e. just have major black/white or having lots of shades of grey in between.

There’s a lot of triangle buildings at this campus. And oak trees.

Grey skies not missed.

I’ll find some better locations soon :P. And brush up on some photo tips so I can compose nicer shots 🙂

Have you played around with the black and white setting yet? (Or maybe you’ve tweaked around other options). Got some photos to share?

  1. David
    October 18, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    I haven’t tried anything like that myself yet, but I must say that you have some really great photographs there Jay… it just goes to show what can be achieved with a bit of forethought, and careful composition.

  2. Dave
    October 18, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    I’ve tended to resort to B&W/high contrast with my current and last phones – ZTE Blade and the Nokia 5230. Even though both have basically got lousy cameras, you can still get some atmospheric and creative pictures.

    Loving these that you’ve taken, the sort of imaging I’m normally trying to take.

  3. liloufa
    October 18, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    i love the first pic. would be great seein the full resolution file.

  4. liloufa
    October 18, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    oh i see it. my bad!

  5. Ravi
    October 18, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    Wow I liked these images.
    I will also try to this with my N79.

  6. October 19, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    i like these images. black-white effect is awesome

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  8. November 20, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    The main problem with the B/W mode on N8 is an annoying “green grid” on pics. You can’t see it on N8 screen, but on large monitors and on printed images it’s there. Anyone got a solution?


    Felipe B

  1. October 28, 2010 at 4:12 am

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