By Joel Willians
An astounding figure by any measure, but perhaps not so surprising when you discover that 27,800 photos are uploaded to Instagram every minute! And with Instagram Beta now available for Nokia Lumia users that figure can only get higher. One man contributing to the digital photography revolution is this week’s Nokia Lumia Instagramer, Editor of BlogJack, Malaysian Victor Ng Wai Loon. Based in Kuala Lumpar, the stunning capital city of Malaysia, Victor’s photos give us an amazing insight into this vibrant multi-cultural city of 1.6 million and the surrounding region. Before checking them out though, we asked Victor to share some of his thoughts about his passion for photography and love of Lumias.
Which Nokia Lumia do you have and what do you like most about it?
I am a huge Nokia fan. The first Lumia I owned was the Lumia 800, which I queued for for 10 hours to be one of the first 100 people in Singapore to purchase this beauty. Currently, I am using the ‘Giant’ Lumia 1520 and up to date I have numbers of Lumia including Lumia 800, Lumia 520, Lumia 920, Lumia 925 and Lumia 1020 in my Lumia Collection.
Personally I love the beautiful design and colourful body of Lumia phones. Undoubtedly the gorgeous Full HD Screen, superb camera and amazing battery life are the reasons that I choose Lumia 1520 as my main phone.
Where do you shoot most of your photos and what sort of photos do you like to take best?
Apart from taking photo in the Kuala Lumpur where I live, I take a lot of photos travelling. Natural landscapes and city view photos are always my preference. Recently I have decided to put my DSLR aside and brought only Nokia Lumia as the main camera while travelling to Hong Kong, Macau, GuangZhou, Singapore and Vietnam. I was surprised by how good the photos produced. It really meet my expectations.
What are your top tips for taking Instagram photos on your Nokia Lumia?
The various camera controls offered in Nokia Camera really make the experience of mobile photography a lot more professional and a lot mor fun. Before taking photo, I always manually control the camera settings such as ‘Shutter Speed’ ‘Exposure Value’ and ‘ISO’ depending on the light condition. To taking advantage of Optical Image Stabilization in Lumia, I always use slow shutter speed and lower ISO to ensure my low light photos are sharp and have less noise.
In my opinion, natural landscape and city view photos always look better in full size. So I insist on sharing them to Instagtam without too much cropping. By using a third party instagram app in Windows Phone Store called 6tag, I am allowed to upload full size photos to instagram. This app is fantastic!
Which five Nokia Lumia instagramers do you recommend everyone to follow?
Here are five Instagramers who constantly inspire and impress me
A building that every Malaysian is proud of – Kuala Lumpur Twin Towers.
Another angle showing how gorgeous the Kuala Lumpur Twin Towers really is.
A beautiful and colourful water fountain dancing in Kuala Lumpur City.
A long exposure photo taken at Macau without a tripod showing how amazingly the Lumia 1020 OIS works.
Would you believe a camera smartphone could capture such sharp and beautiful low light shot? Yes, the Nokia Lumia 1020 has proven its capability.
Capturing the ‘Speed of Light’ with 4s shutter speed with Lumia 1520 in the Singapore MRT train.
Lucky to snap this precious moment when the turtle ‘kisses’ its own reflection.
Beautiful and colourful low light shot taken at a cave in Ha Long Bay Vietnam.
The ship looks like a toy in front of the nature rock mountains.
This is beautiful Ha Long Bay taken from the top of a hill.
We’re so loved up Victor’s photos it’s tough to choose a favourite, but what about you? Is there one of his selected ten that jumps out? If so, we’d love to know which one in the comments below. To see more of Victor’s work be sure to follow him on Instagram. And if you’d like to be featured as Nokia Lumia Instagrammer of the Week, make sure youfollow us on and/or hashtag your photos Lumia. We look forward to checking out more of your work!