If you’re going away on a holiday this Christmas or New Year (or anytime for that matter), you might want to make sure that you follow these top tips to get the very best out of your phone. (N.B, the phone we are using currently is the Samsung Galaxy).
Make sure you phone camera is great
Tap to Focus
As obvious as this may seem, not everyone uses this feature correctly – how many times have you seen your photos underexposed and/or out of focus? This is usually due to the fact that the snapper hasn’t tapped to focus.
Ensure that your pictures are fully focused and exposed by making sure that you tap on the actual subject of the photograph, this will let your camera know what you are looking at.
Turn on gridlines
What happens when you are attempting to capture those beautiful vistas and views and you look at them later only to find that they are misaligned or skewed? 9 times out of 10, it is due to uneven ground, but on occasion, it can be down to the position of the camera.
Turning on gridlines for those landscape shots can give you a quick and easy guide to keeping your phone at an optimum angle; (Samsung S8 users can find this in the advanced camera options).
Try Pro Mode
Pro mode is a real headache for some people and most of us just want the simplest option available to us. Do not be foolish with those holiday memories – turning on Pro Mode gives you access to your camera’s finest features.
Users who little or no experience with this mode can try it out pre-holiday; you will get used to it and once you go Pro, the results in your pictures will show.
As with tap to focus, selective focus also has it’s added benefits – ever have it where there are more than one subjects at different distances in your picture and you just can’t seem to get the right focus or exposure? – well, this is where selective focus comes into its own.
Phone cameras are renowned for being difficult with this problem and the Samsung Galaxy s8 is no different. Enable this feature in the advanced options and you will notice a massive difference in the quality of your photos.
Slightly different than selective focus, manual focus allows you to completely take control and produces you with a drag-slider to focus in on any subject you please. This is a feature that will allow you to get super close to your subject (or far away) and still have control of your cameras focusing.
Scene modes open up a whole host of different modes for you to toy with – for taking pictures of those beaches, you have the option to switch to panoramic mode.
Panoramic mode is for those scenes that seem to need a wide angled lens. From here we can also select 360, food shots and also hyper-lapse for video.
This may seem like a no-brainer – but with the Samsung Galaxy s8‘s massive storage capacity, it is sometimes easy to forget that this powerhouse of a phone has the ability to take an extra SD card.
With SD cards getting cheaper and cheaper, you can pick a 32gb upgrade for a little under £10 – beware, however – eBay will have cheaper and slower SD cards; ensure that you purchase a well-known brand (like Samsung for example).
If the out-of-the-box options just aren’t cutting the mustard on your Samsung Galaxy s8, then you might want to try this fantastic little free camera app. The developer has had multiple offers from mobile phone manufacturers and camera app developers to buy his company out, but we at AsWeTravel thank him for holding out. Open Camera is exactly as it sounds, it will open your camera’s features to the point where you can even use voice commands to take pictures.
One of best features of your camera is you – whatever setting you change, whatever feature you employ, the biggest factor that will make a difference is you. Don’t be afraid to experiment a little and you will find your own way of getting the best bang for your megapixel.
Above all, be smart, be safe and keep snapping.