How to Take a Picture with Your Samsung Galaxy S 5 - dummies

How to Take a Picture with Your Samsung Galaxy S 5

By Bill Hughes

Before you can take a picture, you have to open the Camera app on the Samsung Galaxy S 5. 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.

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


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.

Also on the left side of the viewfinder are some nice, simple options for basic photography:

  • Front Facing/Back Facing Camera Switch: The traditional mode for cameraphones is to have the camera on the back. That is why the high-resolution camera is on that side. However, in order to facilitate “selfies” — photographs taken of oneself, usually for the purpose of sharing on social media — the S 5 allows users to switch the camera to the front.

  • Selective Focus: This feature automatically blurs the background to highlight the item in the center of the picture. This is cool, but it is not immediately apparent why this feature is so important to be on the default viewfinder.

  • HDR: HDR automatically enhances the color in the photo. Usually, this is great, but in some cases, as when shooting in low light, it’s a waste of time. In general, keep in on.

You probably know that it’s not a good idea to touch the lens of a camera. At the same time, it’s practically impossible to avoid touching the lenses on your Galaxy S 5. This can create a problem where there can be a build-up of oil and dirt on your high-resolution lens.

You should clean up the lens of your camera from time to time to get the most out of your camera. Otherwise your high-resolution images look like you live in a perpetual fog bank.