Despite having an only 12MP camera, Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus boast superior photo quality compared to the previous S7 model, particularly due to the camera hardware. The options that users have for improving the results of this already amazing camera module are, however, quite impressive. In case you haven’t discovered yet how to make more eye-catching and interesting photos with your smartphone, we’re going to introduce you to its built-in shooting modes.
Whenever you launch the Camera app of Samsung Galaxy S8 or Samsung Galaxy S8+ Plus, you are looking at the default, auto shooting mode. A fine choice for the majority of your snaps, though, not the best you can get and certainly not the way to personalize particular types of photographs.
The top 3 shooting modes you need to look at are:
- The Pro Mode;
- The Selective Focus Mode;
- The HDR Mode.
Do terms like ISO levels, aperture or white balance mean something to you? These are just a few of the settings you can tweak when selecting the Pro Mode, so you’d better try it out right away and see the differences with your own eyes. While a great choice for those who are experts in photography, you might want to test it out as well. You’ll be impressed by the artistic touch that your pictures will enjoy, provided you manage to select the right settings.
The Selective Focus Mode will allow you to correct potential blurry images after you have taken the photo. You will be taking a series of shots, each one with a different focus level, and, in the end, you get to make the right tweak from within the Gallery. It will take a bit more patience to do the work, but the results will be more than satisfying.
As for the HDR mode, it is basically combining several photos taken with different exposure levels. The result will be a perfect picture regardless of the harsh lighting conditions, high contrasts, or whatever else might have affected the final image. Samsung has particularly taken the time to explain to its users the benefits of shooting in the High Dynamic Range mode and its utility is proved by the fact that it can be easily activated by tapping on the HDR label from the Camera view mode.
The extra editing options
Already tried these three modes but you’d like more from your Samsung Galaxy S8 or Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus Camera app? Perhaps you should consider using a different, third-party app like Snapseed, or Photo Editor from Aviary.
The difference between using a shooting mode and an editing tool is pretty obvious. With the latter, you get to operate the changes after the picture was taken. The options are also more various since you can do anything from basic contrast or brightness adjustments to more complicated actions such as creating collages or applying artistic filters.
Do not forget the accessories
What, you thought that, just because it is a built-in camera module on a Samsung Galaxy S8 or Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus, there’s nothing else you can improve on it? Think of:
- 1. Lenses – must try an Olixar 3-in-1 Universal Clip Camera Lens Kit;
- 2. Tripods – must try anything from Arkon Universal Smartphone Holder with Flexi Tripod to the Kenu Stance Compact or our full range from here;
- 3. Selfie sticks – must try the Olixar Pocket Size Selfie Stick with its built-in mirror and the DiCAPac Action Floating Selfie Stick that can even be used in water.
Lenses will help you achieve angles and focus that your built-in camera simply cannot support. Macro, fish-eye and wide angle lenses are some standard options, but there are so many other kits on the market that you can try. You just clip the lens on the back of the phone and you’re ready.
The tripods are specifically conceived for smartphones and will help you get sharper focus, group snaps or self-timed snaps. The selfie sticks are an alternative to tripods that involve more work on your side, but also give you a bit more autonomy than not having a tripod at all.
Check out your options and you’ll be amazed of what your Samsung Galaxy S8 or Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus can shoot from now on!