Nokia N86 8MP - Tips on taking good photographs

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Tips on taking good photographs

Picture quality

Use the appropriate picture quality. The camera has

several picture quality modes. Use the highest setting

to make sure that the camera produces the best picture

quality available. Note however, that better picture

quality requires more storage space. For multimedia

message (MMS) and e-mail attachments it may be

necessary to use the smallest picture quality mode

optimised for MMS sending. You can define the quality

in the camera settings.

See "Still image camera

settings", p. 40.


Use a simple background. For portraits and other

pictures with people, avoid having your subject in front

of a cluttered, complex background that may distract

attention from the subject. Move the camera, or the

subject, when these conditions cannot be met. Move

the camera closer to the object to take clearer portraits.




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When shooting landscapes and sceneries, add depth to

your pictures by placing objects in the foreground. If

the foreground object is too close to the camera, it may

be blurred.

Lighting conditions

Changing the source, amount, and direction of light

can change photographs dramatically. Here are some

typical lighting conditions:

Light source behind the subject. Avoid placing your

subject in front of a strong light source. If the light

source is behind the subject or visible in the display,

the resulting picture may have weak contrast, may

be too dark, and may contain unwanted light


Sidelit subject. Strong side light gives a dramatic

effect but may be too harsh, resulting in too much


Light source in front of the subject. Harsh sunlight

may cause the subjects to squint their eyes. The

contrast may also be too high.

Optimal lighting is found in situations where there

is plenty of diffused, soft light available, for

example, on a bright, partially cloudy day or on a

sunny day in the shadow of trees.