Galaxy S21 Ultra: These Camera Tricks Will Improve Your Photography Game


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that of Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra To an amazing camera it’s up there alongside those of the iPhone 13 Pro and Pixel 6 Pro as one of the best cameras found on a phone. (It can be overcome by rumored Galaxy S22 Ultra, but only time will tell.) Its zoom capabilities are superb, with crisp detail visible even at 10x zoom. It’s packed with cool features to help both novices and professionals take brilliant photos on the go. While this may not be a radical overhaul of the Galaxy S20 Ultra (With major features like 108 megapixel sensor and 100x zoom being common to both phones), there are some new tips you should be aware of.

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Let’s see what the new features are and how to use them.


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Single take

Single Take is a feature that allows the phone to capture multiple images and video clips – each with a different effect applied – just by pressing the shutter button once. Its purpose is to allow you to capture a variety of interesting photos and videos of, say, your child unwrapping a birthday present, without having to decide in advance on a style, zoom or size. ‘a particular filter.

It was a feature launched on the Galaxy s20, but it has been extended to produce even more effects. It sounds complex, but it is very easy to use. To get started, tap the Single shot camera mode in the mode dial next to the shutter button. Then all you have to do is press the shutter button and wait the 10 seconds it takes to capture everything. The idea is that you move, maybe you move the camera between faces, so that the phone has more material to work with to create all the different options for you.


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Once done, you can go to the gallery and find your Single Take file and swipe up to see the different items it has produced. There will be still images, different cuts of videos, GIFs – all of which will have effects applied. You can save them all or choose your favorites to share them with your friends and family.


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Using the zoom

The S21 Ultra has 3x optical zoom, 10x optical zoom and can take digitally zoomed images up to 30x and 100x. Their use is extremely easy. In standard camera mode, you’ll see small leaf icons next to the shutter button. A single sheet means to zoom in (that is, to get closer to the sheet); the icon with three leaves means to use the super wide lens (i.e. capture more leaves in one shot). Tapping on the icons will quickly take you to 3x or 10x zooms, but you can also tap the numbers that appear next to them.

It works exactly the same whether you’re zooming in while taking a still image or recording a video.


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Night mode

The correct Night Mode on the S21 Ultra can be frustrating to find if you’re new to the phone and you might not even know it’s there at first. The phone can take great low-light images in its standard camera mode, but when things get really dark, scroll down to Following on the mode panel next to the shutter button and you’ll see a whole variety of different shooting options.

One of them is called Night and is represented by the image of a moon. In this mode, the phone will take an image over several seconds in order to capture more light. Although it uses image stabilization to keep the photo as sharp as possible, you can help it more by keeping a hand as steady as possible, or even better by stabilizing your hands on a wall or other nearby object. to minimize hand tremors.


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The director’s point of view

A new feature for the S21, Director’s View is a video feature that shows you thumbnails of what the scene you are shooting will look like using the various zoom lenses. You will find it in the same menu screen as Night mode (press Following on the mode dial). Once there, you will instantly see the different thumbnails and can tap on them to start recording video in each zoom length.

Director’s View, however, has an additional feature that allows you to record video simultaneously with the front and rear cameras. The idea is that you can film a scene in front of you, while still capturing your own reaction. In Director’s View mode, you will see a square box at the top right of the screen (in portrait mode or top left in landscape mode). By pressing it, you will be able to select the display mode of your front-facing video; like a split-screen view where your face takes up half the screen, or like a smaller Picture-in-Picture Style, where you appear as a small window overlaid on the main view.


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By tapping either one, your face will appear in the image and tapping record, you can capture video from both sides at once. Remember though, the phone constantly bakes both videos into one file, so don’t shoot with the front and rear cameras at the same time hoping to split them into individual videos later.


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108 megapixel images

The 108-megapixel resolution of the camera’s main sensor is huge and although it’s the same resolution as the S20 Ultra, it has received a few software changes to improve it, so it’s worth checking out. if you haven’t already. To enable it, start in standard camera mode and you will see icons at the top of the screen (or to the left, if you are holding it in landscape mode), one of which will be for the aspect ratio and will be shown. by numbers such as 3: 4, 1: 1 Where Full.

Tap on it and you will see the 3: 4 108MP option. Tap that to enable high-res mode, but keep in mind that with this asset you won’t be able to use any of the zoom lenses as it relies solely on the main camera’s image sensor.


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12 bit raw

Samsung has apparently given the S21 Ultra a boost in its raw shooting skills with support for 12-bit raw files. Raw files are basically “digital negatives” that do not record information such as white balance or digital sharpness, resulting in a better baseline image for editing the shot later. Raw files are typically used by professional photographers who want optimum control and quality of their images.


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12-bit raw files, in theory, capture a more dynamic range, which means more detail in highlights and shadows. This might be a professional feature, so it’s no surprise that you need to get started with Following then activate the Pro fashion. This will show all of the manual settings for exposure, white balance, and autofocus, so it’s only worth experimenting if you’re confident in your photography knowledge. However, activating raw mode takes an additional step; press the settings cog, go to Format and advanced options and light up RAW copies, which will allow the phone to take a raw image as well as a standard JPEG.

Keep in mind, however, that raw files take up much more space than JPEG images, so if you are running out of space, make sure you haven’t left this mode on and accidentally fill your gallery with raw resolution images of your pet. Unless that’s what you like.

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