10 Smartphone Photo Tips with Samsung Galaxy

By 1/04/2014 06:04:00 PM ,

Last month I was invited by Samsung Mobile to a special event at the Galaxy Studio, a multi-level interactive experience in Soho.

Samsung Galaxy Studio event with Ira Block and Chef Justin Warner

Galaxy Note 3 and Gear

Note: I was invited as media to this event. 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
- 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 Justin 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

  1. Use the Sports/Action mode when shooting kids or any action photos. It picks a high shutter speed which will stop movement.

  2. For night shooting use a small tripod and voice command to fire the shutter

  3. Use a small LED light to enhance your photos. Try to balance the LED light with the existing light in the room.

  4. 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.

  5. Use the gridline function on the camera to aid in keeping the horizon and buildings straight.

  6. Learn how your camera sees, it is different than your eyes and your brain.

  7. 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.
  8. Look for layers in your photos. Have something in the foreground, middle and background.

  9. If you have a good subject shoot it from different angles, and always get in close.

  10. 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.

To learn more, visit - www.samsung.com

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  1. These are really good tips. Sometimes I feel like I take lousy pictures, but I always blame it on the kids not sitting still LOL. I do like the one about continuous shots, though - that is an awesome idea. I'd be bound to get a good one. Hopefully :)

  2. I have Samsung Note II, and I mostly love it, but I find it nearly impossible to take a picture with it. It's so awkward to hold and snap a shot, and the pictures never look good. If I'm taking pictures with my camera, I'm on the go and don't have time to stop and think and look for settings. Kids don't wait for such things. :) I'll look more closely at these tips and see how they might apply to my phone. Thanks!

  3. I like the tip of shooting a lot so you don't miss something. I take a lot of pics and pick my favorite from the bunch.

  4. I have heard a lot of good things about Samsung Galaxy. People seem to have a lot of them and most are quite happy with them.

  5. All three of us have Samsung Galaxies in our home. We love them! I bet this was a fun event. :)

  6. I really like the tip about looking at the photos when you are completely finished! There are so many times you want the perfect shot and you look to see if you got it.. when you didn't but then the moment is over! Great tips!

  7. I just made the switch from Apple to Samsung over the summer and I love my Samsung products. They are sleek and I love how you can customize them to your needs.

  8. My daughter has a Samsung Galaxy she bought with her Christmas money. I am going to share these tips with her!

  9. This year im going to upgrade my phone because mines is a piece of crap lol

  10. Thanks for this article, I use my Samsung Galaxy phone at times when I don't have my camera with me.

  11. For some reason, their cameras are way too good - love the quality, like seriously!

  12. Now I want one! I love taking pictures and hate taking pictures from my iPhone and really hate carrying my camera around. I will have to look into this more to choose the right one.

  13. Thanks for the great article. My mom have the Galaxay. The features are so much better than Apple. I'm hooked to my iPhone. When they came out with the watch I was convinced I need to make the switch.


  14. Thanks for the useful tips. I always find hard to focus at night

  15. Thanks for the tips Onica. I like to take pictures too and I always tend to abuse the continuous feature LOL :)

  16. Great tips! I have the Samsung Galaxy S4 and I still haven't figured out how to use all the features that they have. I will have to really get indepth. Thanks for sharing.