Water Drop Photography with the Nokia Lumia 1020 Smartphone Camera

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  • Water Drop Photography with the Nokia Lumia 1020 Smartphone Camera

  • Introduction The Nokia Lumia 1020 Smartphone includes an advanced

    camera that takes high-resolution photos in a Raw format This demonstration shows how the Lumia 1020 can be used

    to take stop-action shots of water drop collisions

  • Equipment Used Nokia Lumia 1020 smartphone with Nokia Pro Cam app StopShot controller with water-release valve and infrared

    beam sensors, from Cognisys, Inc. Yongnuo YN560 III electronic flash unit Two small tripods, for flash and smartphone One large tripod with horizontal arm to support water valve Glass dish to hold water

  • Equipment Setup

  • Operation of Equipment Button on StopShot is pressed to trigger release of two drops

    of water in rapid succession toward dish of water below When first drop passes beam from infrared sensors, the flash

    is triggered after a specified delay (approx. 300 msec) About same time that StopShot is triggered, shutter on

    camera phone is pressed to trigger one-second exposure During the one-second exposure, in darkened room, the flash

    is triggered as the water drops collide

  • Settings on Camera Phone and Flash Unit App used is Nokia Pro Cam Shutter speed is set to one second Exposure compensation is adjusted automatically by the app Manual focus is used, focusing on a small object in the pan

    of water where the drops will hit; then object is removed ISO is set to 200 Flash on camera phone is turned off Yongnuo flash is set to manual mode, at 1/128 power

  • Screen Shot of Camera Phone This shot shows screen of Nokia Lumia 1020 while set up to

    take a photograph of a water drop collision

  • Screen of StopShot Controller First line indicates that unit is waiting for the press of the Up

    or Down button to trigger the release of the water drops Second line indicates delay of 316.1 msec from time water

    drop passes infrared sensor beam to triggering of flash

  • Water Drop Photo Examples Photo examples shown in next few slides were all taken with the

    Nokia Lumia 1020 using the setup and settings outlined above Camera was set to take DNG (Raw) photos The high-resolution (38-megapixel) images were used Each photo was opened with Adobe Camera Raw and edited in

    Photoshop CC to improve contrast and sharpness slightly The first sample image shows an uncropped version; the other

    images were cropped fairly heavily to focus only on the area of the water drop collisions

    Two images were taken using a setup without the red background beneath the water dish, so they are lacking the red color of the other images

    The delay on the StopShot was varied from shot to shot, to produce images of different stages of water drop collisions

  • Water Drop Photo Example 1 Uncropped Image

  • Water Drop Photo Example 2

  • Water Drop Photo Example 3

  • Water Drop Photo Example 4

  • Water Drop Photo Example 5

  • Water Drop Photo Example 6

  • Water Drop Photo Example 7

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