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We handed over the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom to award-winning mobile photographer and Instagram sensation Ollie Lang for a two week test run. We asked him to simply get adventurous on the streets of London and do what he is good at using with the new hybrid device, which has both smartphone and lens camera living side by side. Discover his thoughts on new features like the 10x optical zoom lens and the enhanced sharing capabilities, and also find out why he felt liberated by his Zoom experience.
But first, who is Ollie?
Ollie Lang is an Australian-born, London-based mobile photographer. Since becoming one of Instagramâ€™s Suggested Users, Ollie has with amassed roughly 220,000 followers, a huge achievement for someone without any formal training.
â€śI always enjoyed using mobile phones for photography and then in 2008 I started to take it more seriously,â€ť Ollie said. â€śI did this by getting involved with the online mobile photography communities.â€ť
He has now set up the Mobile Photo Network, which is an online launch pad for mobile photography.
â€śThanks to my followers, I have been able to start up this online community. As well as this, I have been able to partner up with festivals and professionals around the world, like the Head On Photo Festival in Sydney and the FORMAT festival in Derby.â€ť
Ollieâ€™s reach into the emerging world of mobile photography is now widespread. He recently lectured at the V&A in London on tablet photography and is cementing himself as one of the worldâ€™s leading mobile photographers.
Ollie's Top 5 Tips
1. Take control
â€śI use a lot of mobile devices, and the Zoomâ€™s full manual controls is something that I really enjoyed. Normally you canâ€™t play around with photography settings like the ISO, shutter speed and aperture, but Zoom lets you take full control of these and, with regards to your creative side, itâ€™s very liberating.â€ť
2. Made to move
â€śOne of the main parts of being a mobile photographer is being out and about. So, the Zooms compact size is a definite plus. Especially considering it has a 10x optical zoom, normally to get his kind of lens you are looking at a bigger piece of equipment.â€ť
Have we captured your attention?
If youâ€™re impressed by the Galaxy S4 Zoom and feel that it is the device for you, simply click below to buy online, or visit the product page and discover its full potential.
If you would like to find out more about Ollie Lang, also known as Oggsie, simply visit his website and discover more of his amazing mobile photography.