How to Take a Picture with Your Galaxy S 4 - dummies

How to Take a Picture with Your Galaxy S 4

By Bill Hughes

Before you can take a picture with the , you have to open the Camera app. The easiest way is to simply access the Camera application from the Application list. Just tap the Camera icon to launch the app.

A closely related application on your phone is the Gallery, which is where your phone stores your images. The icons for these two apps are shown in the following figure.


With the Camera app open, you’re ready to take a picture within a few seconds. The screen becomes your viewfinder. You’ll see a screen like the one shown.


And how do you snap the picture? Just tap the big Camera icon on the right: the camera within the oval. The image that’s in your viewfinder turns into a digital image that you can set to either JPG or PNG format.

After you take a picture, you have a choice. The image is automatically stored in another application: Gallery. This allows you to keep on snapping away and come back to the Gallery when you have time.

However, if you want to send that image right away, here’s what you do:

  1. From the viewfinder screen, tap the Last Image icon.

    The viewfinder shows a thumbnail of the most recent image you took. This image is at the bottom right corner of the viewfinder. When you tap it, it brings up the Gallery application.

    This brings up the current image along with the four most recent photos. It also brings up some options. Right now, you’re interested in the highlighted Sharing button.


  2. Tap the Share button.

    This brings up the options you can use to forward the image. These options include any of the following (although your phone might not support all the options listed here).

    1. Messaging: Attach the image to a text message to someone’s phone as an MMS message.

    2. Picasa: Picasa is a website owned by Google, created to help its subscribers organize and share photos. The main advantage for subscribers is that they can send links to friends or family for them to see a thumbnail of images, rather than sending a large number of high resolution files. Read more on Picasa in the next section.

    3. Email: Send the image as an attachment with your primary e-mail account.

    4. Bluetooth: Send images to devices, such as a laptop or phone, linked with a Bluetooth connection.

    5. Group Play: This is an application that allows you to share with DLNA and Wi-Fi devices.

      DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) is a trade group of several consumer electronics firms to create an in-home network among compatible devices. The goal is to make it easier to share music, videos, and photos. Your Galaxy S 4 is DLNA-compliant. If you have other DLNA devices, such as a TV, you can easily share your photos by using the AllShare app.

    6. Gmail: If your main e-mail is with Gmail, this option and the Email option are the same.

    7. Facebook: You can take a picture and post it on your Facebook account with this option. This option appears as an option only after you download the Facebook app and register.

    8. Wi-Fi Direct: Talk about slick! This option turns your phone into a Wi-Fi access point so that your Wi-Fi–enabled PC or another smartphone can establish a connection with you.

    9. Dropbox: Dropbox is the same service that was offered when you first turned on your phone. It’s in the cloud that everyone is talking about. It works like a hard drive or memory card as far as other apps are concerned, but it’s really data storage space on the Internet. A limited amount of space is free for the taking. If you want more space, you can pay a monthly fee.

    10. Flipboard: This is another service that comes as an app pre-installed on your Galaxy S 4. It aggregates your different social networks.

    11. S-Memo: This works along with S-Voice.

Of course, an account with Gmail (that is, an e-mail address that ends in is entirely optional. However, there are advantages to having a Gmail account with your Android-based Galaxy S 4 phone: for example, you automatically become a subscriber to Picasa and other Google-owned services.

When you select one of these options, the image is automatically attached or uploaded, depending upon the nature of the service you selected. If one of these options doesn’t suit your needs to share your pictures, perhaps you’re being too picky!