Interview: Richard Dorman (aka @Sheridan01): amateur mobile photographer
In what might become a new series as well, this is the first interview I'll publish here at the PureViewClub - wonder what took me so long in fact.
Being a great admirer of his work, I asked if Richard Dorman (known as Sheridan01 on Twitter, Flickr and 500px) to answer a few of the questions I had how he experienced working with the Nokia Lumia 1020 in comparison with the Nokia 808 PureView.
But first, I'll show you some of his work, so you'll get an idea why I'm interested in his thoughts about these two Nokia PureView devices. Have a look at all of his sets on Flickr for instance, with more than 3000 shots in total, from which I'll share just one that has become very popular, called "Azure Window" (click on the shot for the original on Flickr).
Of course, you'll see more of his shots in this interview. Not being a professional he insisted that I'd describe him as an "amateur mobile photographer".
- Mr. Dorman, a few owners of the 808 PureView noticed some important differences with the Lumia 1020: it has more noise and more saturation. What's your experience with the 1020 in that respect?
I feel the 808 owners are correct in these statements. There is fractionally more noise in 1020 images, but it is not masses. As regards saturation, yes there is more saturation. But then in my opinion the 808's images were under-saturated. I always had my 808 set to vivid and quite often increased saturation too. I suggest they have a look at the top images on 500px and Flickr, all the top landscape images on there have their saturation increased on editing. More saturation is more pleasing to the eye and I find the images created by the 1020 to be stunning. Not that I am saying the 808's images are not stunning too. I have two 808s and absolutely love the camera.
- You've already published so many astonishing shots on Flickr. Do you notice any difference in appreciation between the result of these two smartphone cameras?
I was amazed when I got my 808 in June 2012, I got my record two days on Flickr with photos from it, 19000 and 18000 views. The 1020 has not only surpassed that but quite frankly blown it away. I got 65000 views in one day - and in the 3 weeks up to writing this, I have had 230000 views, over 600 favourites and 133 comments. The 808 never came close to that. I don't feel this is necessarily a measure of quality, it is just that I feel more people are interested in the device.
- After working with the Lumia 1020 myself, my own conclusions were: 1. Nokia is looking for a more pleasing result and 2. Nokia is only interested in the "high res" result to edit the shot. Not for "pixel peeping", that is. How do you feel about that?
I feel that is a fair assessment, you can still pixel peep if you want by getting the full resolution images off the device. But the vast majority of people do not need this and if Nokia wants to bring 41Mp Pureviews to the masses then producing more pleasing and shareable images is the way to go.
- In howfar do you think it's an important feature to be able to edit the shot on the phone itself ("Zoom Reinvented")?
I think it is vastly important, not only because it shows innovation from Nokia, but it is fun and for those occasions when you don't have enough time to frame your pictures, then it is incredibly useful.
- Do you use the option to edit the shot on the phone itself a lot? Or only on special occasions?
I use it occasionally, probably about 4 times, mostly for fun, but also because sometimes it is almost impossible to get the right frame when you are on a photo shoot. Having the ability to re-frame the image at home, where you have more time to experiment is a great tool.
- In your experience, working with the 1020 - is it easier to get the result you want (compared to the 808)? What are the important differences to you?
I would actually say yes, this could simply be down to the larger screen. Or I am getting better at taking images. But one thing I do like is the "Rule of Thirds grid" I find it much more user friendly than the grid on the 808. One final comment regarding the 808 PureView vs the Lumia 1020. The fact is the 808 can be a pain, especially the keyboard. It was never my main device, I only ever used it for the camera, whereas the 1020, when I get my European variant, will be my main device without question.
I'd like to thank Richard Dorman for his time. If you are interested in what he has realized with the Nokia Lumia 1020, here is the full set of 1020 images, but I urge you to check out his other shots on Flickr as well. And a "recommended read": his blog post about what he has been doing with the Lumia 1020 up untill now. You'll find it on his blog OnlyFoolsAndMobiles.