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Old Cemetery Photo Walk with the Nokia Lumia 1020 PureView Camera Smartphone

If you read about my previous Nokia Lumia 1020 review, you should know by now that Im a huge fan of this new powerful camera smartphone gadget from Nokia. I think it’s great that a smartphone maker finally put a bit of oomph behind their camera and I’m a big fan of keeping things simple. If I can take one gadget instead of two, I’ll do it.

Tayabas Cemetery Chapel
Tayabas Cemetery Chapel – While Im trying to find the graves of my relatives, I decided to visit the chapel first to offer prayers and to light a set of candles. This old chapel is probably one of the most beautiful cemetery chapels in the country.

While some of my photos were published in local and international publications, I still don’t claim that I’m a professional photographer, I just want to take photographs for my work. And I like to go on photo walks so that someone with local knowledge can show me around and give me the chance to capture what I’m seeing. Last November 1, 2013, I visited an Old Cemetery located in Tayabas Quezon – my beloved hometown.

Candle Merchants outside Tayabas Catholic Cemetery. This image was Created with Nokia Smart Cam
Candle Merchant outside Tayabas Catholic Cemetery. This image was Created with Nokia Smart Cam

I’m going to go into a bit more detail about the Lumia 1020 in this post, and explain why I like this camera smartphone especially for photo walks.

Facade of Tayabas Cemetery Chapel
Facade of Tayabas Cemetery Chapel – An almost 400 hundred year old cemetery chapel made from Adobe stone.

Specs and Benefits

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There are a few things you cannot control when you go out to take photos in real life. You can’t control how much light will be on your subject and you won’t be able to always ensure that you’ll hold perfectly still for each picture. Most DSLR cameras account for these kinds of situations, and more. Having the option to control your settings manually is a huge part of learning to take great photos. No matter how smart a camera is, the most important part is still the brain behind it. So there are things about DSLR cameras that I miss when I only have the Lumia 1020. But that said, the camera on the Nokia smartphone is the best alternative out there.

Teachers Grave
Teachers Grave – The grave with a replica of a lady sitting on top of the grave belongs to a public school teacher who died in the 60’s.

Key Features

The Nokia Lumia 1020 has options. Besides the optical view stabilization, which ensures that that bit of blur is nonexistent when you see the photos, the Lumia 1020 also performs great in low light settings. The combination means that if I’m on a photo walk on small cobble stone streets where the light isn’t optimal, I’ll still get a great shot. Same goes for a photo walk to see wildlife, where you know the animal or bird is not going to hold still for you and is probably hanging out in the shadows.

Tayabas Catholic Cemetery Entrance
Tayabas Catholic Cemetery Entrance

In addition, the Lumia 1020 camera can be adjusted manually. The settings can be dialed in just how you want them to be. Which means that I am learning a lot about photography while I take photos. Experimenting with the various options has lead to some not-so-great shots, but it’s also taught me a lot about what the camera can do if I learn a bit more.

To top it off, the white balance accuracy of the Lumia 1020 is good. The zoom allows you to get closer without losing quality. The lens is a 41-megapixel Carl Zeiss Tessar Lens. And there’s a backside-illuminated image sensor which adds a bit of flash when you’ve got to much sunshine behind a subject.

On top of Multi-colored Mausoleum
On top of Multi-colored Mausoleum with Mount Banahaw as a backdrop.

Editing Apps

You know what else is cool? There are already a whole range of fantastic apps that allow you to make edits to the photos. Check out Cinemagraph lens, Nokia Glam Me, Photobeamer, or Nokia Smart Camera, among others.

Capturing Made Easy

Now, I’m interested in learning about what the camera offers. But I know not everyone wants to be a camera buff, they just want a camera that takes great photos. You don’t have to read the entire manual and learn about each and every setting to take good pictures with the Lumia 1020. In fact, you really can just point and shoot. You’ll get good photos even in bad conditions, whether you adjust the settings manually or not.

Photo Walks with the PureView Camera

The bottom line? This is a camera that works well when you’re on the move and trying to capture moments that don’t last long. You’ve got options that allow you to get better at taking pictures, but you’ve also got a compact and lightweight single gadget option instead of bringing along an expensive camera and a smartphone.

The best thing about the combination is the fact that you can quickly upload images to your blog or social networks. My ability to capture the photo walks and update everyone right away has gone through the roof with this great piece of equipment.

Written by Melo Villareal

Melo Villareal is the Online Publisher of He is an Accountant by profession who left the corporate world at the age of 23 to explore his beautiful country and the rest of the world. Today, Melo works as a part-time Social Media Manager for local and international clients. His full-time work focuses on discovering interesting culture, explore different cuisines and take memorable photos from local and international destinations he's visiting.

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