Home > Nokia, Nseries > Gallery: Nokia N8 by Nokia N8: White Background Macro Photography (and using Photo Editor’s Highlights and Shadows)

Gallery: Nokia N8 by Nokia N8: White Background Macro Photography (and using Photo Editor’s Highlights and Shadows)

Prior to the Nokia N8 I relied on the N82 for product shots. Yes, I could have used a digicam but I just like the simplicity of sending a bunch of photos over bluetooth. No looking for wires, removing any memory cards, just click and send.

Anyway, I was checking out the N8 to see how it would fare and thought I’d share some of the raw unedited photos as well as on board photo editing. You can see full sized pics by clicking at the gallery at the end of this post.

The selection here are of the black and white shots of another Nokia N8. Being already black there’s not really that much of a drastic change.

Camera Settings:

  • Macro
  • Exposure (+1)
  • Contrast (+2)
  • Black and White

Increasing the exposure makes the white background truly white. This would require little editing if you wanted to achieve those photo styles where they just have the device on a white background and nothing else. The set up is as simple as a piece of plain paper and some good lighting.

At +2 Exposure things start to look a little alien. Ooh the bright lights! Works in some situations, but here makes the image washed out. The white surrounding it is definitely now just completely white.

Now with the wide-angle lens we can’t get the same close up macros as the N82, HOWEVER: Tip: Just use the digital zoom.


Here’s the original unedited photo as seen in the first picture of this post. Note that it isn’t completely white behind the N8.

Now to get rid of those darker patches, it’s VERY easy. You don’t even need to go to Photoshop (or whatever photo editor on your PC).

Just edit the image with your Nokia N8. You can edit the image as soon as you’ve taken the photo (pencil icon) or edit from the gallery (or photo editor app). Either way…

Choose Edit and then hit “Tuning” (Row 4, column 4)

Now click on the bulb icon (fourth one)

Now gradually increase Highlights and keep shadows down until you’re satisfied. (Note, colour change not really noticeable since photos are black and white).

Click OK and then save your image.

And voilà. N8 with completely white background. There are of course other methods to remove the blemishes to make a completely white background but this one is super quick and all straight from the Nokia N8. Now this shot is ready to add text to (as seen in first image, also done on N8).

It always helps though to give the photo editor a hand and reduce the amount of shadows/dark areas during the photo taking stage. When you get the hang of it, most of the time you won’t need to edit as the original photo is just right.

Here’s the full gallery of unedited pics (first 24. WordPress has decided to attach the N8 screenshots too).

As seen, a quick removal of certain darker patches/shadows or a crop here or there would sort them out but I’ve left them as is.

[Site note: I’m going to try using more page breaks as mynokiablog.com takes an awfully long time to load with oodles of pics and videos. Not noticeable on desktop with unlimited broadband but slower connections and limited mobile bandwidth, not to mention intensive for some browsers trying to load full site – it’s quite unfriendly. What do you guys think? Of course, folks might not read the full article due to not clicking the “Read More” link]

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  1. Mendax
    November 22, 2010 at 4:15 am

    Easily the sexiest phone I’ve ever owned. Easily.

    • Mendax
      November 22, 2010 at 4:19 am

      In addition, I think the page breaks are a good idea, not only because of consideration for low-bandwidth users, but also because it allows your posts to be laid out a little more concisely for viewers. When you’re scrolling through a bunch of pictures and videos quickly, it’s harder to notice when one story ends.

      • November 22, 2010 at 9:00 am

        Thanks for that Mendax.

        Hopefully posts will now appear cleaner with consistent and concise post lay outs.

  2. gordonH
    November 22, 2010 at 5:49 am

    Page breaks would be easier to view your website. Don’t worry about the click thru… people will click thru to read the article of their interest.

    • November 22, 2010 at 9:03 am

      Fingers crossed. That was one of the concerns of making people unnecessarily click when loading once worked. But if that’s how you guys prefer it, plus it helps with the concerns posted (bandwidth, mobile browsing, etc).

  3. JFH
    November 22, 2010 at 6:13 am

    those clicks will potentially double your visitor stats. awesome.

    • November 22, 2010 at 9:07 am

      Possibly – that’s a good upside if that’s how it turns out.

      Also it really shows what the readers are willing to click on. I have no idea why people clicked on articles before when they were originally immediately available. (Other than referrals/modified browser version)

  4. jaydee_9804
    November 22, 2010 at 7:46 am

    Pheww… Finally.. Page breaks r the way to go Jay.. I’ve been wanting to tell u that since the N8 vs the rest of the phone line-ups u came across in one of those phone shops article but decided against it thinking/hoping someone else would have already feedback the difficulty of loading the page on their mobile device to u…
    Alas… U’ve come to ur senses.. Page breaks it is… Btw good article, this one.. Looking forward to more photography tips on the N8..

    • November 22, 2010 at 8:41 am

      Thanks. We had page breaks before but was concerned that some people prefer reading the site as is without clicking.

      But then I’ve received feedback about the low bandwidth issue and the difficulty viewing from mobile.

      If you have got suggestions in future, go ahead and email us. We will have a renovation of the site soon and will be asking for our readers’ input in how the site should look when the themes/layout changes.

  5. November 22, 2010 at 9:50 am

    Just noticed RSS pages aren’t getting full article (which was one setting I have been asked). Will see what I can do here.

  6. Roger
    November 22, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    PLEASE could you not use the phrase “after the jump…” as in “Read on after the jump…”. It is a horrible, horrible Americanism and makes me cringe everytime I read it. It is totally meaningless too – there is no “jump”, or page break, or anything else, on most of the sites that use this crap phrase. It’s just hideously naff on every level.

    • November 22, 2010 at 12:33 pm

      Cheers Roger. The Jump/Break thing is only from the main site. They don’t appear in the main post (and should damn disappear when viewing from the actual post).

      They confused me too when I first started seeing them. But I do get how they could be annoying.

      Before I could edit “Read more” to be “Click to read more of this post”
      But now I can’t seem to to make it obvious that there’s more to the post.

      Do you have suggestions on a better, less annoying/naff phrase?

      • Antonio
        November 22, 2010 at 3:56 pm

        I’d rather have “after the break” than “after the jump”. It’s more commonly used, and makes more sense to me.

        You could also use “Click through to read the full story” or something like that.

  7. November 25, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    Thank you for the masterclass. Always looking for more of these for the n8.

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