Get the most out of the Samsung GS5's camera
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Get the most out of the Samsung GS5's camera

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Hello everybody I'm Lynn La from CNet and if you're anything like me you probably use your smartphone to take tons of photos. Hello everybody I'm Lynn La from CNet and if you're anything like me you probably use your smartphone to take tons of photos. From hanging out with your friends, to your lunch, to selfies, our handsets have become the main way to take pictures. From hanging out with your friends, to your lunch, to selfies, our handsets have become the main way to take pictures. So today I'm going to walk you through some simple steps to get the most out of your camera on the powerful GS5 Samsung's current flagship device. So today I'm going to walk you through some simple steps to get the most out of your camera on the powerful GS5 Samsung's current flagship device. First, be sure to check that your default settings are tailored to your exact preferences. First, be sure to check that your default settings are tailored to your exact preferences. To adjust them, tap the little gear icon in the corner and scroll through each of these items. To adjust them, tap the little gear icon in the corner and scroll through each of these items. Personally, I always turn my composition over in mine to help me frame and straighten out my pictures. Personally, I always turn my composition over in mine to help me frame and straighten out my pictures. I also check to make sure that set off instead of auto so it doesn't surprise me. I also check to make sure that set off instead of auto so it doesn't surprise me. And I turn my shutter sound off because it's just kind of annoying. And I turn my shutter sound off because it's just kind of annoying. For frequently changed settings you can have three short cuts directly accessible on the view finders dash. For frequently changed settings you can have three short cuts directly accessible on the view finders dash. Just long tap any of these settings and drag them over. Just long tap any of these settings and drag them over. Some settings that Samsung turns off by default that you might want to know are recording ultra HD video and video stabilization. Some settings that Samsung turns off by default that you might want to know are recording ultra HD video and video stabilization. Now there's one particular settting here that brings me to my second tip. Now there's one particular settting here that brings me to my second tip. You've probably seen HDR, or high dynamic range imaging, before. You've probably seen HDR, or high dynamic range imaging, before. But the GS5 now has the option to toggle real time feedback of what your HDR image would look like before you take a picture. But the GS5 now has the option to toggle real time feedback of what your HDR image would look like before you take a picture. Make this toggle your friend. Make this toggle your friend. HDR combines several shots taken at varying levels of exposure And composites it into one image. HDR combines several shots taken at varying levels of exposure And composites it into one image. This can result into really striking, almost surreal photos that have great contrast. This can result into really striking, almost surreal photos that have great contrast. Sometimes, though, it can also create unnatural images that you might not like, so be sure to check by tapping on and off the ACR icon which is represented by this little zen diagram looking icon here. Sometimes, though, it can also create unnatural images that you might not like, so be sure to check by tapping on and off the ACR icon which is represented by this little zen diagram looking icon here. Once you like what you see, click the shutter. Once you like what you see, click the shutter. Third, familiarize yourself with photo effects. Third, familiarize yourself with photo effects. You can access some of them directly on the camera through the settings menu here. You can access some of them directly on the camera through the settings menu here. It's indicated by the magic wand icon, and displays the filters in real time. It's indicated by the magic wand icon, and displays the filters in real time. If you know you'll never use some of these effects, scroll all the way to the bottom. If you know you'll never use some of these effects, scroll all the way to the bottom. Tap on manage effects and hide it my unchecking it here. Tap on manage effects and hide it my unchecking it here. Other effects can be applied after you take the picture. Other effects can be applied after you take the picture. These are accessible through the photo manager. These are accessible through the photo manager. Just go to your gallery, tap on this polaroid with a pencil icon. Just go to your gallery, tap on this polaroid with a pencil icon. And several options will appear. And several options will appear. If you tap on the wand icon that we saw before, you'll see even more. If you tap on the wand icon that we saw before, you'll see even more. Like pop art, impressionist and light flair. Like pop art, impressionist and light flair. Which turns your picture into a low budget JJ Abrams movie. Which turns your picture into a low budget JJ Abrams movie. Fourth, get to know selective focus. Fourth, get to know selective focus. This is new GS5 feature that let's you change the focal point of your picture. This is new GS5 feature that let's you change the focal point of your picture. By manipulating the depths of field, pictures can look more professional and even dramatic. By manipulating the depths of field, pictures can look more professional and even dramatic. You have to turn this option on before taking a photo so it's good to have an idea about it while you're shooting. You have to turn this option on before taking a photo so it's good to have an idea about it while you're shooting. To turn it on tap the icon with the two human heads in camera dash. To turn it on tap the icon with the two human heads in camera dash. The device will tell you that for best results stand at most a foot and a half away from the closest object. The device will tell you that for best results stand at most a foot and a half away from the closest object. The object itself should also be at least four and a half feet away from the background. The object itself should also be at least four and a half feet away from the background. Tap on the object you want in your foreground and click the shutter. Tap on the object you want in your foreground and click the shutter. It'll take a few moments for your handset to process. It'll take a few moments for your handset to process. But, afterwards, go into your gallery by tapping on the bottom right square. But, afterwards, go into your gallery by tapping on the bottom right square. To initiate selective focus, click on the icon here with the two little heads. To initiate selective focus, click on the icon here with the two little heads. Three options will emerge: near, far and pan focus. Three options will emerge: near, far and pan focus. Near will bring your closest object into focus and blur out everything behind it. Near will bring your closest object into focus and blur out everything behind it. Far sharpens only the background and pan gets everything in focus. Far sharpens only the background and pan gets everything in focus. When you are finished tap done to save your changes, and there you have it. When you are finished tap done to save your changes, and there you have it. Four basic steps to get the most out of your GS5 camera. Four basic steps to get the most out of your GS5 camera. Remember there are tons more editing features packed into this little guy. Remember there are tons more editing features packed into this little guy. But this should get you started on the right foot. But this should get you started on the right foot. For more gs five tips and for the written tutorial, head on over to howto.cnet.com and if you have any questions or comments, hit me up on twitter. For more gs five tips and for the written tutorial, head on over to howto.cnet.com and if you have any questions or comments, hit me up on twitter. I'm Lynn and happy shooting. I'm Lynn and happy shooting. [MUSIC] [MUSIC] Hello everybody I'm Lynn La from CNet and if you're anything like me you probably use your smartphone to take tons of photos. Hello everybody I'm Lynn La from CNet and if you're anything like me you probably use your smartphone to take tons of photos. From hanging out with your friends, to your lunch, to selfies, our handsets have become the main way to take pictures. From hanging out with your friends, to your lunch, to selfies, our handsets have become the main way to take pictures. So today I'm going to walk you through some simple steps to get the most out of your camera on the powerful GS5 Samsung's current flagship device. So today I'm going to walk you through some simple steps to get the most out of your camera on the powerful GS5 Samsung's current flagship device. First, be sure to check that your default settings are tailored to your exact preferences. First, be sure to check that your default settings are tailored to your exact preferences. To adjust them, tap the little gear icon in the corner and scroll through each of these items. To adjust them, tap the little gear icon in the corner and scroll through each of these items. Personally, I always turn my composition over in mine to help me frame and straighten out my pictures. Personally, I always turn my composition over in mine to help me frame and straighten out my pictures. I also check to make sure that set off instead of auto so it doesn't surprise me. I also check to make sure that set off instead of auto so it doesn't surprise me. And I turn my shutter sound off because it's just kind of annoying. And I turn my shutter sound off because it's just kind of annoying. For frequently changed settings you can have three short cuts directly accessible on the view finders dash. For frequently changed settings you can have three short cuts directly accessible on the view finders dash. Just long tap any of these settings and drag them over. Just long tap any of these settings and drag them over. Some settings that Samsung turns off by default that you might want to know are recording ultra HD video and video stabilization. Some settings that Samsung turns off by default that you might want to know are recording ultra HD video and video stabilization. Now there's one particular settting here that brings me to my second tip. Now there's one particular settting here that brings me to my second tip. You've probably seen HDR, or high dynamic range imaging, before. You've probably seen HDR, or high dynamic range imaging, before. But the GS5 now has the option to toggle real time feedback of what your HDR image would look like before you take a picture. But the GS5 now has the option to toggle real time feedback of what your HDR image would look like before you take a picture. Make this toggle your friend. Make this toggle your friend. HDR combines several shots taken at varying levels of exposure And composites it into one image. HDR combines several shots taken at varying levels of exposure And composites it into one image. This can result into really striking, almost surreal photos that have great contrast. This can result into really striking, almost surreal photos that have great contrast. Sometimes, though, it can also create unnatural images that you might not like, so be sure to check by tapping on and off the ACR icon which is represented by this little zen diagram looking icon here. Sometimes, though, it can also create unnatural images that you might not like, so be sure to check by tapping on and off the ACR icon which is represented by this little zen diagram looking icon here. Once you like what you see, click the shutter. Once you like what you see, click the shutter. Third, familiarize yourself with photo effects. Third, familiarize yourself with photo effects. You can access some of them directly on the camera through the settings menu here. You can access some of them directly on the camera through the settings menu here. It's indicated by the magic wand icon, and displays the filters in real time. It's indicated by the magic wand icon, and displays the filters in real time. If you know you'll never use some of these effects, scroll all the way to the bottom. If you know you'll never use some of these effects, scroll all the way to the bottom. Tap on manage effects and hide it my unchecking it here. Tap on manage effects and hide it my unchecking it here. Other effects can be applied after you take the picture. Other effects can be applied after you take the picture. These are accessible through the photo manager. These are accessible through the photo manager. Just go to your gallery, tap on this polaroid with a pencil icon. Just go to your gallery, tap on this polaroid with a pencil icon. And several options will appear. And several options will appear. If you tap on the wand icon that we saw before, you'll see even more. If you tap on the wand icon that we saw before, you'll see even more. Like pop art, impressionist and light flair. Like pop art, impressionist and light flair. Which turns your picture into a low budget JJ Abrams movie. Which turns your picture into a low budget JJ Abrams movie. Fourth, get to know selective focus. Fourth, get to know selective focus. This is new GS5 feature that let's you change the focal point of your picture. This is new GS5 feature that let's you change the focal point of your picture. By manipulating the depths of field, pictures can look more professional and even dramatic. By manipulating the depths of field, pictures can look more professional and even dramatic. You have to turn this option on before taking a photo so it's good to have an idea about it while you're shooting. You have to turn this option on before taking a photo so it's good to have an idea about it while you're shooting. To turn it on tap the icon with the two human heads in camera dash. To turn it on tap the icon with the two human heads in camera dash. The device will tell you that for best results stand at most a foot and a half away from the closest object. The device will tell you that for best results stand at most a foot and a half away from the closest object. The object itself should also be at least four and a half feet away from the background. The object itself should also be at least four and a half feet away from the background. Tap on the object you want in your foreground and click the shutter. Tap on the object you want in your foreground and click the shutter. It'll take a few moments for your handset to process. It'll take a few moments for your handset to process. But, afterwards, go into your gallery by tapping on the bottom right square. But, afterwards, go into your gallery by tapping on the bottom right square. To initiate selective focus, click on the icon here with the two little heads. To initiate selective focus, click on the icon here with the two little heads. Three options will emerge: near, far and pan focus. Three options will emerge: near, far and pan focus. Near will bring your closest object into focus and blur out everything behind it. Near will bring your closest object into focus and blur out everything behind it. Far sharpens only the background and pan gets everything in focus. Far sharpens only the background and pan gets everything in focus. When you are finished tap done to save your changes, and there you have it. When you are finished tap done to save your changes, and there you have it. Four basic steps to get the most out of your GS5 camera. Four basic steps to get the most out of your GS5 camera. Remember there are tons more editing features packed into this little guy. Remember there are tons more editing features packed into this little guy. But this should get you started on the right foot. But this should get you started on the right foot. For more gs five tips and for the written tutorial, head on over to howto.cnet.com and if you have any questions or comments, hit me up on twitter. For more gs five tips and for the written tutorial, head on over to howto.cnet.com and if you have any questions or comments, hit me up on twitter. I'm Lynn and happy shooting. I'm Lynn and happy shooting. [MUSIC] [MUSIC]

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