Last Updated on July 2, 2018 by gregor
The all new Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ comes packed with a camera that is said to be faster than your eye. As it is designed to capture each and every moment perfectly. Allowing you to capture each moment without a blink. The sensor and sense combination on the S9 is one you can rely on easily.
As the S9 offers a camera like you have never seen before, and the S9+ offers another lens to match with the first one. This dedicated telephoto lens is a step further when it comes to capturing the perfect moment. However, the s9 without the dedicated telephoto lens offers a perfect picture as well. Keeping in mind that when it comes to photography simply relying on the tool is not ideal, as you have to add your personal touch the mix. Which is why both s9 and s9+ come with a professional mode that allows you to change the setting manually. This enables you to practice with a few modes until you have perfected your technique.
To help you achieve the perfect results, and help you boost your photography skills using the S9 and S9+, we have listed down a few tips and tricks that will change the way you use your smartphone camera. This will enable you to use the advance features with ease and produce even better pictures in the long run.
Keep The Camera Lens Clean
Since the fingerprint senses are now located under the camera, instead of on the side it’s considerably easier to keep the lens clean. However, since there isn’t any barrier between the lens and the scanner it’s easy to smudge the view. If you don’t want to see dirt or blurry images you should keep the lens clean. This simple trick will make a huge difference. As with most camera lenses, you will see a great difference once you just wipe the lens with a clean cotton cloth. If you don’t have a microfiber cloth on you, just use the edge of your shirt. At this point, anything is better than leaving it like it is.
Customize the camera shooting modes
The galaxy s9 and s9+ offers several shooting options. With the help of a new mechanism, you can easily switch between auto, pro, selective focus, food, panorama, Hyper-lapse, AR emoji, and slow-mo. This allows you to customize the mode, along with their placement. You do not have to go throw a few to get to the one you wish to use. Allowing you to keep the ones you want to use closest while keeping the rest on the side. Auto being one of the most used, you can keep them near auto. All you have to do is check out the camera setting, click on “edit camera modes” and get started on the matter.
In addition, here you can completely disable the modes you do not wish to use, such as AR emoji, or any other mode you do not require. Simply leave them unchecked, and as soon as you save the settings they will be active. Furthermore, you can use the arrows on the side to drag each mode around. This will allow you to place the ones you use the most next to auto. Keeping in mind that you cannot change auto, and it’s the default option your camera will open to each time you should develop a system around it. It is an easy swipe left or right. This will ensure that you don’t miss the moment.
Use the Camera Grid Lines
An easy way to help improve your smartphone photography is by turning the viewfinder mode on. These grid lines will act as a guide and help you capture a perfectly aligned image each time. It does not matter if you are capturing vertical or horizontal images, as the grid lines are set in both directions to help you out. This can not only help you with sunset photography but basically any view you wish to capture. In addition, you will be able to set the grid using the viewfinder and set the subject of your image. This way your image will complement the shot perfectly, and help you enjoy a well-positioned image each time.
All you have to do to turn the viewfinder grid lines on is in the camera settings and click on grid lines. While most phones offer only a 3×3 option, Samsung offers a square option as well, that allows you to frame the image perfectly.
Tap to Activate Focus When Shooting at f/1.5
The Galaxy S9 can take amazing low light shots, as the f/1.5 setting allows more light to hit the sensor of your camera. Moreover, the camera uses the setting more than you think. Samsung has set the setting to ensure you get a classic and perfect image both indoors and outdoors.
The only downside of shooting at the f/1.5 aperture is that there isn’t any depth. There will come a time when the camera will focus on something you do not wish to highlight, at that point you can tap on the screen to activate focus on the section you wish to cover.
Shutter Button Zoom
The shutter button zoom is not a common trick, but you will be pleasantly surprised when you stumble across it. If you wish for a more convenient zoom, then you can slide the shutter button left and right. This will allow you to zoom in and zoom out as you please. For instance, when you are using the camera in a landscape mode you can simply slide the shutter button upwards to zoom in, or downwards to zoom out. Similarly, on portrait swipe right to zoom in, and left to zoom out. Once you get the hang of it, you will never use the old zoom technique ever again. As this feature is particularly helpful when using the phone with one hand.
Shooting in 960 fps Slow-mo – Super Hi Frame rate
The S9 offers you a super high frame rate, slow-mo video feature, and while it’s easy to switch to the mode and start filming; there are a few tips and tricks you should keep in mind when using 960 fps slow-mo.
The most important factor when taking a picture is the lighting, and by shooting a video at 1000 fps you can reduce the amount of light hitting the camera sensor. To get the best 960 fps videos you should be shooting outdoors or a well-lit room. If you do not have a great light you will see grains in your videos and photos.
The best way to ensure that you will get a quality image or video is by using the auto mode. It’s quick and easy and doesn’t require any settings. This makes it the best option when shooting fast moving objects, you don’t have any control over. You can do it manually, but the frame is too short, and you might miss the moment.
When it comes to slow-mo videos you have the option to choose between a single take or multiple takes. The single take option is easier to manage and edit. However, the multi-take setting is more helpful. As you do not have to stop and star over for each slow-mo video.
When you are using the auto-capture mode you won’t be able to capture a perfect slow-mo moment. However, that is not an issue; as you can easily use the video clip editor to manage the slow-mo parts and edit the footage.
Don’t be afraid to explore other options. You can drop the fps to 240 and try out a few shots. Yes, 960 fps is the best way to go, but there is no harm in exploring your options. As it allows you to capture various aspects in a different light and theme. Moreover, when you use slow-mo mode at 240 fps you will be able to record for a longer period of time and at a higher resolution. This means you won’t have to bother with blurry or pixilated videos.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ offer an amazing camera experience, but you didn’t need anyone to tell you that. However, the camera is not just for professional and semi-professional photographers. It is designed for everyone, so you can enjoy amazing pictures and videos when you are on the go. As there are no (…only a few) reasons left why you should invest in a professional camera when you can get similar results using a smartphone camera. Go on and start exploring the various tips and tricks we have mentioned above. Soon you will only shoot from your Samsung S9 or S9+ camera.
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