Pro photographer smartphone shoot-out

Windows Phone 8: Carly Marin

Carly Marin

The artist: Carly Marin is a graduate of California College of the Arts, where she received her BFA in photography. She is also the owner and operator of Carly Jean Photography, specializing in wedding photography and portraits. Her interest in photography emerged at the age of 10, and she has since dedicated herself entirely to it. Her work combines different elements of journalistic, traditional, and fashion-based photography. When she's not photographing, you can find her enjoying coffee shops, doing experimental baking, or relaxing at home obsessing over cats! Although Carly uses mainly a digital SLR for her business, she loves using traditional 35mm film cameras for more-personal work. Apart from building up her commercial photography business, she is also working on fine-art personal projects that she hopes to share with the art world.

The smartphone: Nokia Lumia 920, 8.7-megapixel camera with an f/2.0 autofocus Carl Zeiss lens

A Portrait of Kasi

Carly Marin
A Portrait of Kasi

I took this photo at a park in Pleasanton, California, on a styled shoot with one of my favorite models to work with. Kasi recently got her cosmetology license, so we wanted to highlight her amazing hair and makeup skills with this shoot, as well as her unique sense of style. I used the Lumia’s auto settings, with an ISO of 400, the default exposure value and auto white balance, and aspect ratio 16:9.

Looking Up

Carly Marin
Looking Up

This photo was taken at dusk in Danville, California. I came across this tree, and wanted to get a different perspective on it rather than what one sees as they walk by it. I simply placed the Lumia against the trunk and snapped the shutter, unaware of what the image would look like until it was captured. What resulted was this shot—a nice surprise when I looked back at the image. I love that the Lumia’s depth of field focused on the texture of the trunk and then faded out to the branches. I used the Lumia’s auto settings, with an ISO of 1600, the default exposure value and auto white balance, and aspect ratio 16:9.

San Francisco Pier

Carly Marin
San Francisco Pier

Obviously the appeal of this photograph is the effect that I used to capture it, the Lumia’s panoramic setting. San Francisco’s Pier 39 was the perfect place to use this app, as it highlights many of the city’s signature qualities. This image illustrates the cityscape; its architectural qualities, its beauty and busyness. Not only did the Lumia flawlessly stitch together this combination of photos but it also did so while maintaining a sense of clarity and color. I took this image with an ISO of 200, with the default exposure value and auto white balance, and aspect ratio 16:9.

Out to Lunch

Carly Marin
Out to Lunch

This simple photograph was taken as I was out to lunch at Pier 39 in San Francisco. I wanted to take a lifestyle image of what sat before me on the table before the food arrived, highlighting the contrasting colors of the navy napkin and wooden table. I love how well the Lumia captured the different textural qualities of the subjects in this image with such depth and clarity! I used the Lumia’s auto settings, with an ISO of 400, the default exposure value and auto white balance, and aspect ratio 16:9.

Daisy Daze

Carly Marin
Daisy Daze

I took this photo specifically to use the Lumia’s macro setting, and was pleased with the result. This lone daisy was hidden in the grass on the side of the street in San Francisco, and I wanted to see how well the Lumia could capture its small yet beautiful details. I was not disappointed! I used the Lumia’s macro settings, with an ISO of 800, and the default exposure value and auto white balance.

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