15 February 2017

Blogger 101: Kodak Ektra

You know when you learn something and then years later you realise there's a completely different way to do it? That's how I feel about android phones. Slowly but surely I've been learning how to use Kodak's latest tech offering, the Kodak Ektra phone.

The thing about the Kodak Ektra that sets it apart from everything else? It's a camera with a built-in phone, not a smart phone with a decent camera.

From disposable to film to digital, we've all owned a Kodak camera at some point; there's a certain nostalgia to Kodak's Ektra, the phone set to spur Kodak back to being a big player in tech world now as we know it.

To go super tech, the Kodak Ektra's main camera has a 21MP Sony sensor with F2.0 aperture and the front-facing camera comes in at 13MP. To put it in laymen's terms, the iPhone's camera is 12MP and a 7MP front-facing camera.

There are modes akin to that found on a DSLR, all easy to find and easy to adjust - the mode wheel can be found on-screen when taking a photo. Once you've got your image, there's then the option to edit it in Snapseed (because honestly, what else), which is installed in the phone.

Tech stuff aside, I decided to take the Kodak Ektra for the ultimate blogger test because quite frankly, if it doesn't take a good selfie or breakfast pic, then who cares right? Just kidding.

'The #Selfie'

Ah, the #selfie. Probably one of the most important shots in the blogging world and the thing that makes me feel least comfortable about the internet. Selfies are fascinating; in 2017, with the amount of effort and editing put into some, they're essentially the equivalent of a self-portrait oil painting.

Be it in a bathroom, a gym changing room or my horribly dusty hallway, a mirror #selfie is mine and a million other blogger's go-to for showcasing outfits. Using the Kodak Ektra for this one was no hard feat. I set it to auto, clicked to focus on my face and that was that. Good selfies are all down to great lighting anyway, aren't they.

'The Architecture Shot'

We're lucky enough to have some incredibly designed buildings in London and it'd be a waste not to shoot and share them, wouldn't it.

I struggled with getting the lighting right for this shot but the silhouettes created looked pretty cool anyway. Next time I'd make sure to shoot in the manual setting when the light is low.

'The Flatlay/Product Shot'

Crisp product shots and interesting flat lays are another standard blogger go-to.

With so many potential focal points, it was hard to pick a focus point but that's not out of the ordinary with a flat lay or shot including a vast array of products. A little editing on Snapseed brightened and saturated the white table that came out a little dark and made for a cleaner image.

'The Trainer Shot'

There's no doubt that this shot came out better than any trainer pic I've ever taken on my DSLR.

Because of difficulty with angles, getting a good and crisp trainer shot can be a challenge but what with the Kodak Ektra being so light, the shot was a breeze.

'The Brunch Shot'

If you don't document it, did you even eat? Had I of not been in a place where photos are forbidden and had to steal a shot before being told off ( - yeah, really), I think this image would have come out better. So, it seems, I've yet to determine the full potential of the Kodak Ektra when concerning the brunch shot. Watch this space. Lol.

Word is the Kodka Ektra is now available on a monthly contract from Carphone Warehouse and comes with a free stunning leather retro camera case worth £59.99. 

Except for the first image, all images were taken on the Kodak Ektra. I was given the Kodak Ektra from Kodak.
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