Samsung Galaxy Event with Ira Block, Chef Warner & 10 Smartphone Photography Tips

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. 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
  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.
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