Galaxy S21 Ultra: Take higher photos with these cool digicam tips

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The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra has an incredible camera that is among the many greatest you will discover on any of immediately’s top-end telephones. (It could also be topped by the rumored Galaxy S22 Ultra, however solely time will inform.) It’s able to taking wonderful zoomed-in photographs and rivaling the iPhone 12 Pro Max and probably the iPhone 13 in its general picture high quality. It’s stuffed with nice options to assist each novices and execs alike take good photographs when out and about. While it might 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 phones), there are some new tips to learn about. 

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Let’s dive in to see what options are new and methods to use them.


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Single Take 

Single Take is a perform that enables the telephone to seize a number of pictures and video clips — every with a distinct impact utilized — simply by urgent the shutter button as soon as. Its purpose is to assist you to seize a complete number of attention-grabbing photographs and movies of, say, your little one unwrapping a birthday current, with out having to determine upfront on a specific type, zoom lens or filter. 

It was a function launched on the Galaxy S20, however it’s been expanded to supply much more results. It sounds advanced, however utilizing it is rather simple. To begin, faucet into the Single Take digicam mode within the mode dial subsequent to the shutter button. Then, all it’s essential do is faucet the shutter button and await the ten seconds it takes to seize the whole lot. The concept is that you will transfer round, possibly pan the digicam 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 executed, you may head into the gallery and discover your Single Take file and swipe as much as see the completely different gadgets it is produced. There’ll be nonetheless pictures, completely different cuts of movies, GIFs — all of which could 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 pictures as much as a whopping 30x and 100x. Using them is lifeless straightforward. In the usual digicam 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 broad lens (i.e. capturing extra leaves in a single shot). Tapping the icons will take you shortly to 3x or 10x zooms, however you too can 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 will be irritating to seek out if you happen to’re new to the telephone and you might not even know it is there at first. The telephone can take nice low-light pictures in its commonplace digicam mode, however when issues get actually darkish, scroll to More on the mode panel subsequent to the shutter button and you may see a complete number of completely different taking pictures choices. 

One of them is named 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 the intention to seize extra gentle. While it makes use of picture stabilization to maintain the shot as sharp as attainable, you may assist it additional by preserving as regular a hand as attainable, and even higher by stabilizing your arms on a close-by wall or different object to attenuate hand shake. 


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Director’s View

A brand new function for the S21, Director’s View is a video function that exhibits you thumbnails of what the scene you are taking pictures will appear 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 an extra function, nevertheless, that lets you report video with the entrance and rear cameras concurrently. The concept is you can 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 it will assist 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 type, the place you seem as a small window overlaid onto the principle view. 


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Tapping both of those will carry your face into the image and hitting report will allow you to seize video with either side without delay. Remember although that the telephone completely bakes each movies right into a single file, so do not shoot with the back and front cameras without delay hoping to separate them into particular person movies later. 


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108-megapixel pictures

The 108-megapixel decision of the principle digicam 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 trying out if you have not already. To activate it, begin off in the usual digicam mode and you may see some icons alongside the highest of the display screen (or the left, if you happen to’re holding it in panorama mode), one in every of which will likely be for the side ratio and will likely be indicated with numbers reminiscent of 3:4, 1:1 or Full

Tap it and you may see the 3:4 108MP choice. Tapping that can activate the excessive decision mode, however take into account that with that energetic you will not be capable to use any of the zoom lenses because it depends solely on the principle digicam’s picture sensor.


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12-bit uncooked  

Samsung has apparently given the S21 Ultra a lift in its uncooked taking pictures abilities with help for 12-bit uncooked information. Raw information are basically “digital negatives” that do not save info like white steadiness or digital sharpening, giving a greater base picture for modifying the shot later. Raw information are sometimes utilized by professional photographers who need the utmost management and high quality from their pictures. 


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12-bit uncooked information, in idea, seize extra dynamic vary which means extra element within the highlights and shadows. It’s a professional function maybe, so it is no shock that you will want to enter More after which activate the Pro mode. This will carry up all of the guide settings for publicity, white steadiness and auto focus, so it is solely value experimenting with if you happen to’re assured together with your pictures information. Activating uncooked mode takes an extra 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 information take up much more area than JPEG pictures, so if you happen to’re working low on area, ensure you’ve not left this mode switched on and are by accident filling up your gallery with high-resolution uncooked pictures of your pet. Unless that is what you are into.

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