Galaxy S21 Ultra: These camera tricks will up your photography game

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    Samsung’s Galaxy S21 Ultra has an unbelievable digital camera that is up there alongside these of the iPhone 13 Pro and Pixel 6 Pro as probably the greatest cameras discovered on a telephone. (It could also be topped by the rumored Galaxy S22 Ultra, however solely time will inform.) Its zoom abilities are excellent, with crisp particulars to be seen even at 10x zoom. It’s stuffed with nice options to assist each novices and execs alike take good photographs when out and about. While it will not be a dramatic overhaul from the Galaxy S20 Ultra (with headline specs such because the 108-megapixel sensor and 100x zoom being frequent throughout each telephones), there are some new tips to find out about. Read extra: Samsung’s Galaxy S21 is the no-brainer improve phoneLet’s dive in to see what options are new and easy methods to use them.
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    Single Take Single Take is a operate that enables the telephone to seize a number of photos and video clips — every with a distinct impact utilized — simply by urgent the shutter button as soon as. Its purpose is to permit you to seize a complete number of fascinating images and movies of, say, your baby unwrapping a birthday current, with out having to resolve upfront on a specific fashion, zoom lens or filter. It was a characteristic launched on the Galaxy S20, but it surely’s been expanded to provide much more results. It sounds advanced, however utilizing it is extremely simple. To begin, faucet into the Single Take digital camera mode within the mode dial subsequent to the shutter button. Then, all it’s good to do is faucet the shutter button and look forward to the 10 seconds it takes to seize the whole lot. The concept is that you’re going to transfer round, perhaps pan the digital camera between faces, in order that the telephone has extra materials to work with to create all of the completely different choices for you. 
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    Once carried out, you’ll be able to head into the gallery and discover your Single Take file and swipe as much as see the completely different objects it is produced. There’ll be nonetheless photos, completely different cuts of movies, GIFs — all of which can have results utilized. You can save all of them or choose your favorites to share with family and friends.
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    Using the zoom The S21 Ultra has a 3x optical zoom, a 10x optical zoom and might take digitally zoomed photos as much as a whopping 30x and 100x. Using them is useless straightforward. In the usual digital camera mode you will see small leaf icons subsequent to the shutter button. A single leaf means zooming in (i.e. getting nearer to the leaf); the icon with three leaves means utilizing the tremendous vast lens (i.e. capturing extra leaves in a single shot). Tapping the icons will take you shortly to 3x or 10x zooms, however you may also faucet on the numbers that pop up subsequent to them as effectively. 
    It works simply the identical whether or not you are zooming in when taking a nonetheless picture or whether or not you are recording video. 
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    Night mode The correct Night mode on the S21 Ultra might be irritating to seek out in the event you’re new to the telephone and you could not even know it is there at first. The telephone can take nice low-light photos in its normal digital camera mode, however when issues get actually darkish, scroll to More on the mode panel subsequent to the shutter button and you will see a complete number of completely different taking pictures choices. One of them known as Night and is represented by a picture of a moon. In this mode the telephone will take a picture over a number of seconds with a view to seize extra gentle. While it makes use of picture stabilization to maintain the shot as sharp as attainable, you’ll be able to assist it additional by holding as regular a hand as attainable, and even higher by stabilizing your palms on a close-by wall or different object to attenuate hand shake. 
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    Director’s ViewA brand new characteristic for the S21, Director’s View is a video characteristic that reveals you thumbnails of what the scene you are taking pictures will seem like utilizing the completely different zoom lenses. You’ll discover it in the identical menu display screen as Night mode (faucet More on the mode choice wheel). Once there, you will immediately see the completely different thumbnails and might faucet on them to start out recording video in every zoom size. Director’s View has a further characteristic, nevertheless, that lets you document video with the entrance and rear cameras concurrently. The concept is that you may movie a scene in entrance of you, whereas additionally capturing your personal response to it. When in Director’s View you will see a sq. field on the high proper of the display screen (when held in portrait orientation, or on the high left if held in panorama). Tapping this may permit you to choose the way you need your front-facing video to be displayed; as a split-screen view the place your face takes up half the display screen, or as a smaller picture-in-picture fashion, the place you seem as a small window overlaid onto the principle view. 
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    Tapping both of those will deliver your face into the image and hitting document will allow you to seize video with each side directly. Remember although that the telephone completely bakes each movies right into a single file, so do not shoot with the back and front cameras directly hoping to separate them into particular person movies later. 
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    108-megapixel photosThe 108-megapixel decision of the principle digital camera sensor is big and whereas it is the identical decision because the S20 Ultra, it has been given some software program tweaks to enhance it, so it is value testing if you have not already. To activate it, begin off in the usual digital camera mode and you will see some icons alongside the highest of the display screen (or the left, in the event you’re holding it in panorama mode), considered one of which might be for the facet ratio and might be indicated with numbers resembling 3:4, 1:1 or Full. Tap it and you will see the 3:4 108MP possibility. Tapping that may activate the excessive decision mode, however remember that with that lively you will not have the ability to use any of the zoom lenses because it depends solely on the principle digital camera’s picture sensor.
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    12-bit rawSamsung has apparently given the S21 Ultra a lift in its uncooked taking pictures abilities with assist for 12-bit uncooked recordsdata. Raw recordsdata are primarily “digital negatives” that do not save info like white steadiness or digital sharpening, giving a greater base picture for enhancing the shot later. Raw recordsdata are sometimes utilized by professional photographers who need the utmost management and high quality from their photos. 
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    12-bit uncooked recordsdata, in concept, seize extra dynamic vary that means extra element within the highlights and shadows. It’s a professional characteristic maybe, so it is no shock that you’re going to want to enter More after which activate the Pro mode. This will deliver up all of the guide settings for publicity, white steadiness and auto focus, so it is solely value experimenting with in the event you’re assured along with your images data. Activating uncooked mode takes a further step although; faucet the settings cog, go into Format and superior choices and activate RAW copies, which can permit the telephone to take a uncooked picture in addition to a normal JPEG. Keep in thoughts, although, that uncooked recordsdata take up much more area than JPEG photos, so in the event you’re operating low on area, ensure you’ve not left this mode switched on and are by accident filling up your gallery with high-resolution uncooked photos of your pet. Unless that is what you are into.

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