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How to take advantage of the Samsung Galaxy S9 + camera

These tips are for everyone, from very basic tips to start improving your photos to more advanced tips, and they are all for the rear camera, so you can bring out the artist in you.

Photographic features of the Galaxy S9 +

Let’s review a little the photographic characteristics of this Samsung Galaxy S9 +, we have a dual camera. The main camera has 12MP, with optical stabilization, Dual Pixel Autofocus and a variable aperture from f / 1.5-2.4, something that we only see on this phone, in addition to being especially bright with this f / 1.5. It has a focal length with an equivalent of 26mm if we compare it with a Full Frame camera.

In the secondary camera we have 12MP too, with a less bright aperture of f / 2.4 that allows us to have a “telephoto lens”, which would have a focal length equivalent to 52mm.

As extra features we can add that the camera has a 960fps slow motion, something really amazing.

We can see that the characteristics of this S9 + are not far behind, and we can still get a lot out of it. We show you how.

Use the grid

The first step is vital and it is the first thing you have to do when opening the camera of any phone: put the 3 Γ— 3 grid to be able to visualize the use of the rule of thirds.

Wait wait. Grid? Rule of thirds? Don’t worry, if you are new to photography, we will tell you a little about it. The rule of thirds says that in a 3 Γ— 3 grid, the objects or subjects that are at the intersection points will have much more force and will attract more attention to the viewer, it will also be useful if you want to center the subject or to frame the image in a straight and correct way, how you see a simple grid is all-rounder when it comes to taking the photo.

To activate it, you will simply have to go to the camera options and activate the 3 Γ— 3 grid. Useful right?

samsung galaxy s9 + camera rule of thirds

Clean the lens

Ok, this is very basic, but you would be surprised to see how many people I have seen that go with dirty lenses, especially on the Samsung Galaxy S8 + and S9 +, which have the fingerprint reader very close to the camera and you can always commit some mistake.

So Before shooting, please clean your mobile phone camera. Although it seems simple, it will improve the quality of the photos, and it only takes a cloth, a paper or even wipe it with the shirt, it does not have to be a deep cleaning, just a minimum.

Use the default camera zooms

We have talked about the dual camera of the phone, and that the main one has a focal length equivalent to 26mm, which is quite angular, and the other is 52mm, which is a fairly standard focal length in reflex cameras (or mirrorless), and which is the telephoto lens of this phone.

Well, in the camera app you have a 2x automatic zoom button. Use the x2 zoom instead of doing it manually. In this way the zoom is in charge of the second sensor, and although the quality is not bad in smaller amounts of zoom less than x2, you make sure you have a quality zoom.

Hold to shoot multiple photos

This is a rarely used option but one of the most interesting, you just have to hold down the shutter button to be able to shoot multiple photos very quickly, up to 20 photos in a second you can shoot in this way. This way you make sure you capture a movement or an expression in complete safety.

Also as a curiosity with those 15 or 20 photos that you take, you can create a gif automatically by going to the three points in the upper right part of the gallery and selecting “Create a gif”.

Nail the focus point and its luminosity

Another interesting trick is give a touch to the place where you want to nail the focus point, and from there play with its brightness with the light bulb icon. But due to the size of the phone’s sensor, which is very small, it is very possible that you will not have focusing problems, so play with those focus points to modify the brightness and not burn the sky, or brighten the subject more in case of make it a portrait. Use it to modify the light of what you need.

samsung galaxy s9 + camera focus and brightness

Use portrait mode

One of the most interesting options in recent years is to use the phone’s portrait mode, which focuses on a subject and blurs the background, to use it you will have to go to the section of Dynamic Focus from the camera app. There you can use this mode and also choose the amount of blur you want, so that it adapts perfectly to the photo that you have in your head.

samsung galaxy s9 + dynamic focus camera

Use the camera in manual mode

Did you think you were going to get rid of this? You will have heard a lot, but the best thing you can do to get the most out of a camera, whatever it is, is to use it in manual mode. Maybe you don’t have as many options as with a reflex or mirrorless camera, but you already have some options to be able to modify the ISO, shutter speed, white balance and on the Samsung Galaxy S9 + even the opening of the main camera. So use that mode and get the most out of it, yes, you will need a little knowledge about how a camera works and its options.

samsung galaxy s9 + camera manual mode

These are some tricks so you can get the most out of your camera. Have more? Leave it in comments!