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Exclusive Nokia Lumia Imaging Technology Brings Light Painting to Smartphones and the Masses

The evolution of digital photography has driven a fresh rise in the art of light painting, with the tools to capture and share these unique images becoming increasingly accessible. That goes one step further today with the latest work from leading light artists Ian Hobson of Newcastle, UK and Jeremy Jackson from Virginia, USA demonstrating how people can make stunning light art using a Nokia Lumia smartphone.

Armed with a Nokia Lumia 1020 smartphone, the artists have created a series of images and guide which are intended to inspire a new generation of smartphone light painters. All made possible by the exclusive 4 second shutter delay and superior low light photography capabilities of the Nokia Lumia smartphone cameras with PureView technology.

Ian, who builds his own LED instruments to create images, says: “light painting can be difficult for some even with 30 seconds, so the fact anyone can now produce quality photos during a 4 second shutter speed on a smartphone is great for the art of light painting.  He continued, ‘The Nokia Lumia 1020 is the first smartphone I’ve ever seen that has the capability to capture quality light paintings due to its 4 second shutter speed and its 41mp camera. With the advances of cameras in mobiles, it allows anyone on the go, to try out light painting.’

The surreal and beautiful compositions of luminous and vibrant graffiti have an added dimension with instant upload to social networks like Instagram and Facebook on the move with Nokia Lumia smartphones. Jeremy, who trialled the Nokia Lumia to create wool spins around pictured projections for the Nokia Instagram says: “The 1020 is the best camera phone on the market.  It performs excellently in low light and gives you more control over the camera than any other phone.”

Nokia followed Ian Hobson on a night of capturing light painting photos using a Nokia 1020, giving helpful hints in this video about how to light paint. Check out the video below:


Tips on creating light paintings using your Nokia Lumia smartphones:


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·         Set the Nokia Lumia on a steady surface or tripod

·         Access the camera control panel by swiping the camera icon left for adjustable settings

·         Set the ISO at a low level – 100 – 200

·         Set the shutter speed to 4seconds

·         Set the white balance to the setting with the light bulb

·         Set focus to infinite

·         Set the self timer to 10 seconds

·         Experiment with different light sources for stunning effects

·         To make the most of the 4seconds, get your friends to join in to create more light trails in a single shot.

Editing: Nokia Creative Studio or Instagram lets users crop and rotate as well as adjust brightness

Video – Amazing Light Painting with a Nokia 1020 Smartphone


Joanne Carter, creator of the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website— TheAppWhisperer.com— TheAppWhisperer platform has been a pivotal cyberspace for mobile artists of all abilities to learn about, to explore, to celebrate and to share mobile artworks. Joanne’s compassion, inclusivity, and humility are hallmarks in all that she does, and is particularly evident in the platform she has built. In her words, “We all have the potential to remove ourselves from the centre of any circle and to expand a sphere of compassion outward; to include everyone interested in mobile art, ensuring every artist is within reach”, she has said. Promotion of mobile artists and the art form as a primary medium in today’s art world, has become her life’s focus. She has presented lectures bolstering mobile artists and their art from as far away as the Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea to closer to her home in the UK at Focus on Imaging. Her experience as a jurist for mobile art competitions includes: Portugal, Canada, US, S Korea, UK and Italy. And her travels pioneering the breadth of mobile art includes key events in: Frankfurt, Naples, Amalfi Coast, Paris, Brazil, London. Pioneering the world’s first mobile art online gallery - TheAppWhispererPrintSales.com has extended her reach even further, shipping from London, UK to clients in the US, Europe and The Far East to a global group of collectors looking for exclusive art to hang in their homes and offices. The online gallery specialises in prints for discerning collectors of unique, previously unseen signed limited edition art. Her journey towards becoming The App Whisperer, includes (but is not limited to) working for a paparazzi photo agency for several years and as a deputy editor for a photo print magazine. Her own freelance photographic journalistic work is also widely acclaimed. She has been published extensively both within the UK and the US in national and international titles. These include The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Popular Photography & Imaging, dpreview, NikonPro, Which? and more recently with the BBC as a Contributor, Columnist at Vogue Italia and Contributing Editor at LensCulture. Her professional photography has also been widely exhibited throughout Europe, including Italy, Portugal and the UK. She is currently writing several books, all related to mobile art and is always open to requests for new commissions for either writing or photography projects or a combination of both. Please contact her at: [email protected]