Note from the editors: Today’s blog post is written by Adonis Stevenson: Winner of Microsoft UK Photographer of the Year, 2013. Adonis works as a VFX artist at Lionhead Studios and has been involved on most of the games in the Fable series. He developed his interest in photography 8 years ago while travelling around South and Central America. He doesn’t specialise any one area of photography and this variety can be seen in his photos, some of which can be found here.
I have been interested in Photography for a few years. I have owned 2 DSLRs in the past and currently have a micro four thirds camera with various lenses as my main photography equipment. The one lens I don’t have, however, is a Macro lens. Macro lenses are very specialised and also tend to be very expensive. The reason I find I no longer need one is that my Nokia Lumia 920 is great for macro photography.
I can’t pretend that I know the science behind it, but if I know that I can put my phone a few centimetres from an object and it will focus with no effort. From a technical point of view, there is nothing more that you need to do. The phone does all the tech for you, leaving you to concentrate on the creative side.
For me, the hardest thing about Macro photography is visualising it. Our eyes and brains don’t normally look at objects from a few centimetres away so the shot you take almost never ends up how you expected. The best way to deal with this is practice. The more you do it, the better you will become at working out what will make a good photo.
The photo above was taken on during a rainy barbecue – hey, we live in the UK so we can’t let a bit of rain stop us. I had just lit the fire as the heavens opened so I covered the flames and ran inside. Twenty minutes later when the sun was shining again, I went out to find the fire in full flow and that rain droplets had settled in the brushed metal side plates of the barbecue that I hadn’t covered. Something about that surface caused the droplets to stay intact rather than form a small puddle and I found that interesting enough to get my phone out. The redness in the picture is the glow from the fire.
The photo was taken with a photo assignment in mind – the subject being ‘Abstract’. I have found that joining a photo club or society that has regular assignments makes you take more photos and makes you think more about how you go about taking an interesting photo.
Finally, even though this has been probably been mentioned to death, it’s still worth pointing out that the other advantage of the Nokia Lumia 920 (as with any mobile phone) over my camera equipment is that I have it with me at all times. This means that I’m always on the lookout for what would make an interesting photo and if I see something I like, I know that I always have a good enough camera with me to take it.