If you’re interested in camera phone artwork and are in London at the end of October or early November you might want to see an exhibition at the Royal Albert Hall. Camera phone photographer Henry Reichhold is exhibiting at the “Nokia N95 Connected Worlds” exhibition from October 24 to November 6, 2007 as well as in Nokia’s island in the Second Life virtual reality Web site (see below).
As the advertising materials say, the photos represent nine cities on five continents.
Photographer Reichhold has been taking camera phone images for years and has done a variety of work for Nokia. An article in PhotoReview says the Nokia N95 images are “huge panoramic pictures each created from a collage of many files,” according to Reichhold.
He integrates up to 20 different photos with Realviz Stitcher Unlimited to create a single image up to eight meters long, the article notes. Reichhold typically doesn’t use a tripod for daylight shots and uses the N95’s burst mode to automatically take six images in succession, he says.
When Reichhold’s shooting this way he’ll often overlap each image by one-third. He notes that the N95, that takes five megapixel images, offers manual white balance.
Also, the N95 can lock in the focus by pressing the shutter half-way so he’ll pan along a scene until he see the exposure he likes and then shoot in burst mode.
“Ghost City” techniques
Describing Reichhold’s “Ghost City” photo of Hong Kong (see above), PhotoReview says “a series of shots was first taken to capture all the mid-tones (approximately 15 shots). This is then repeated twice to shoot the shadow and highlight areas, making for a total of about 45 shots.
“The best images are then combined in Stitcher Unlimited to create the final picture. Stitcher Unlimited is excellent at blending the tones, and any other problems can be resolved by using Photoshop to tackle issues such as colour noise and those occasions where manual stitching is the only solution.”
More N95 photos
I like the N95 and have used it for months as part of Nokia’s blogger program. You really can take excellent photos, although I do miss not having an optical zoom as well as more advanced manual controls.
I have established a moblog of N95 photos I’ve taken (that can’t hold a candle to the quality of Reichhold’s images) as well as creating a musical slide show of photos I took around the Vietnam Veterans Memorial during Memorial Day 2007.