Capturing Victoria Falls with National Geographic and a Lumia 830
What happens when you take a National Geographic photographer and send him to Africa with a Nokia Lumia 830, a Microsoft Surface Pro 3, and not his DSLR? You still get fantastic photos and video, as evidenced in the above video partnership between photographer Alvarez and Microsoft's #MakeItHappen campaign. The video itself was even shot with Lumia phones (pictures of people taking pictures of people taking pictures...)
Combining the Lumia's camera, OneNote on the Surface, and Bing Maps gave Alvarez greater flexibility and productivity than his old methods of a bulky camera and a paper notepad. But more importantly, they didn't hold him back — he was still able to capture amazing photos of one of the world's greatest natural wonders.
This isn't the first time Microsoft's sent a National Geographic photographer out with a Lumia smartphone to capture the world. Previous jaunts with Alvarez included Rio de Janeiro and the American Southwest. Just goes to show what a powerful cameras in talented hands can do.
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Derek Kessler is Special Projects Manager for Mobile Nations. He's been writing about tech since 2009, has far more phones than is considered humane, still carries a torch for Palm, and got a Tesla because it was the biggest gadget he could find. You can follow him on Twitter at @derekakessler.
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