Last month I was invited by Samsung Mobile to a special event at the Galaxy Studio, a multi-level interactive experience in Soho.
Note: I was invited as media to this event. No other compensation was received. Any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.
During the event I learn how Samsung Galaxy devices can help improve my photography and cooking experiences with the help of guests Ira Block, an internationally-renowned photojournalist for National Geographic, and Chef Justin Warner, winner of the 8th season of the Food Network Series, Food Network Star, and co-owner of Do or Dine restaurant
During Chef Warner workshop, he shared how his Samsung Galaxy Gear kept him connected. Using the Notification & Smart Relay connection between his Galaxy Note 3 and Gear he can keep on top of his phone calls and messages while in the kitchen. He also demonstrated how he uses the S Voice feature to search the internet for information like recipes and finish tasks.
In Ira Block workshop, I learned a lot about photography using the Galaxy S4 zoom. If you remember I reviewed Galaxy S4 Photo Modes a while back and loved the cool things you can do with the phone. But there's much more that you can do with the different photos setting.
I was excited to learn a few tips and tricks on how to take the best photos. I learned a lot and I'm excited to share some tips with you
10 Tips for Better Photos with your Galaxy Phone from Ira Block
- Use the Sports/Action mode when shooting kids or any action photos. It picks a high shutter speed which will stop movement.
- For night shooting use a small tripod and voice command to fire the shutter
- Use a small LED light to enhance your photos. Try to balance the LED light with the existing light in the room.
- Don’t always center your image, especially people. A face in the middle of the frame gives you a photo that is half sky. Use the rule of thirds and position your subjects accordingly. You can then pick your focus point on the back of the screen.
- Use the gridline function on the camera to aid in keeping the horizon and buildings straight.
- Learn how your camera sees, it is different than your eyes and your brain.
- Be careful of wide-angle scenics, everything will get very small. You need to have a large subject in the foreground to give better size perspective.
- Look for layers in your photos. Have something in the foreground, middle and background.
- If you have a good subject shoot it from different angles, and always get in close.
- Don’t look at your photos while shooting, you may miss a moment. Shoot a lot, use the continuous function and check out the images afterwards.