How to Take Pictures on Your Galaxy S7 - dummies

How to Take Pictures on Your Galaxy S7

Before you can take a picture on your Samsung Galaxy S7, you have to open the Camera app. The traditional way is to simply access the Camera application from the Application list. Just tap the Camera icon to launch the app.

Because the camera is so important, here are a few more ways to get to the Camera app. First, press the Home button twice. Boom. There it is.

Next, unless you have turned off the capability for security purposes, there is a camera icon on your lock screen. If you swipe the icon across the screen, the Camera app bypasses the security setting. You can snap away, but you can’t access the photo gallery or any other files.

Here is a suggestion. If you see something suspicious, but are not ready to call 911, go ahead and start taking photos of what concerns you. If you need to, you can go back to the lock screen and slide the phone icon to the right to call 911, again without needing to unlock.

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 margin.

With the Camera app open, you’re ready to take a picture within a second or two. The screen becomes your viewfinder. You see a screen like the one shown here.

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The screen is the viewfinder for the Camera app.

And how do you snap the picture? Just tap the big Camera icon on the right — the camera within the oval. The image in your viewfinder turns into a digital image.

This screen still uses a significant share of battery life, but less than with earlier technologies. With Super AMOLED, you even save more power if you use darker backgrounds where possible. A few picture-taking options are right there on the viewfinder. Going clockwise from the upper-right corner, the options include

  • Gallery: Tap this icon to take you to see the pictures you have just taken.
  • Camera/Video camera switch: This icon takes you from the camera to the video camera.
  • Shutter control: This icon takes the picture.
  • Rear facing camera to front-facing camera switch: This icon takes you from the 12 megapixel (MP) rear-facing camera to the not-too-shabby 5 MP front-facing camera. This is a good option for selfies as you can see what the shot will look like before you snap it.
  • Mode: This icon gives you some fancy options that are not for the faint-of-heart.
  • Settings: Settings also gives some fancy options.
  • Image Resolution: This lets you select the number of pixels for the image. The options are seen in the following figure.
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Resolution options.
  • Flash options: Even if you want to keep it simple, you will want to know how to control your flash. Sometimes you need a flash for your photo. Sometimes you need a flash for your photo, but it’s not allowed, as when you’re taking images of fish in an aquarium, newborns, or some animals. (Remember what happened to King Kong?) Regardless of the situation, your phone gives you control of the flash. Tap the Settings icon at the top of the viewfinder. You have the options of Off, On, or Auto Flash, which lets the light meter within the camera decide whether a flash is necessary.
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Flash options.
  • Self-timer: This lets you set a delay between the instant you tap the shutter and when the camera takes the picture. This is primarily for selfies to avoid having your hand in the way of the camera.
  • HDR switch: Your phone can automatically compensate when the light sources add a blue or red tint. You do this by having the HDR in Auto mode. You can also remove this capability, but why?
  • Effects: More fancy options.
  • Maximize/minimize options: Tap this arrow to make the options on the left go away.
  • The viewfinder: The viewfinder shows what will be in the picture. Okay. This is obvious, but this is also how you control the magnification. From within the viewfinder, you can zoom in and out by pinching or stretching the screen.
    • Stretch the screen to zoom in.
    • Pinch the screen to zoom out.

The viewfinder tells you how much you have zoomed into the shot, as shown here.

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The Viewfinder when zooming.

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 S7. This can create a problem where there can be a buildup of oil and dirt on your high-resolution lens. You should clean the lens of your camera from time to time with a microfiber cloth to get the most out of your camera. Otherwise, your high-resolution images might look like you live in a perpetual fog bank.