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Mastering Modern Mobile Photography with your Smartphone #withGalaxy


Your Samsung Phone can achieve this natural bokeh visuals for real #withGalaxy Watch the video at the end of this post to find out
Your Samsung Phone can achieve this natural bokeh visuals for real #withGalaxy
Watch the video at the end of this post to find out

Hi there, this is TianChad here. Long time no see!! Decided to share some thoughts about modern photography with photos and videos taken solely using the smartphone that accompany us 24/7. Do you swipe your Instagram and this is the first thing that you do in the morning? And also did you do the same right before you sleep? To be honest, I do!! Still trying to limit myself from spending too much time on social media but creating more content instead.


Smartphone nowadays are so advance that not only they provide great convenience to us people, it has multiple camera lens in one same body (eg. Nowadays phone has at least 3 lens - Ultra Wide, Wide lens, Zoom lens, Macro lens) that allow us to shoot different angle and focal length using one same device. Best of all? It is now water resistant (IP68) that you can take photos under rain (PS: Your phone are water resistant but not water proof ya, so please kindly check your phone specification before undergo underwater photography in a pool)


Basically below article is a good start of sharing about mobilegraphy. The difference between mobile phone photography and DSLR/Mirrorless professional camera is getting smaller but there's still a distance before they can be compared 1 on 1. Let's read the article below and let me know what do you think all right?



Mastering Modern Photography with your Smartphone

Photographs are the mighty connectors of the world today. You may not master any other language aside from your native tongue, but you know this much is true – a picture is worth a thousand words and having the right devices to capture these special moments are essential. 


Picture this: you’re exploring new views on hikes and the sun is just rising over the horizon. You scramble for your phone to capture the moment, but the image simply does not translate on your screen as pristinely as it is in real life. (Usually this will depends on your phone HDR mode that helps you capture the sunlight and shadow)


In the nascent days of mobile phone photography, this was a common scenario. However, today’s smartphone cameras can capture professional-level images in any number of difficult lighting conditions. (I totally agree with this, so many AI mode that our phone can detect the scenery and suitable shooting mode already)


You no longer need to be a wizard with a camera to take high-quality photographs. Furthermore, these cameras even fit right in your pocket, enabling you to preserve memories in remarkable detail without the need to have a full camera set. Over the years, mobile camera technology has progressed more drastically than any other single feature in our smartphones. Learning to make use of the camera tech that comes with your phone can help you up your photography game.



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Nice HDR photo of sunset and couple taken at Dewakan Kuala Lumpur. Taken #withGalaxy #GalaxyNote20Ultra
Nice HDR photo of sunset and couple taken at Dewakan Kuala Lumpur. (Cindy and Kit Mah)
Taken #withGalaxy #GalaxyNote20Ultra

Just like above photo, usually when we shoot against the light (sunrise/sunset), our model friends will look very dark. But thanks to the HDR (High Dynamic Range) feature it helps retain the details in highlight and recover details in shadow. Which is why it looks great instantly with just one click on your smartphone.


If I use my bigger mirrorless camera, the photo size will be very huge and you need to do proper adjustment before being able to share immediately to your social media. That's one of the benefits I was mentioning about when talking about modern mobile photography.

Taken at #PadangPasirKlebang in Melaka during sunset hour

With creativity and precise handling using the Galaxy Note20 S-Pen, we can be more creative by create colorful arts like this #withGalaxy



Utilizing the  SMART AI (Artificial inteligence) in your Smartphone to Capture the Best Moments

We have come a long way from the early, grainy photos taken on flip phones. Today’s smartphone cameras are capable of shooting in formats like wide-angle or telephoto, with crisp images boosted by high megapixels counts, and includes features like low-light functionality, fast autofocus capabilities, and optical image stabilisation for steady captures. Different exposure modes also allow photographers to now manipulate everything from the background of a scene to camera functionalities like shutter speed, white balance, focus, and ISO. (Usually these setting were only available on a professional camera like DSLR)


Once reserved strictly for DSLRs, these functionalities are now widely available, and sit comfortably in your hand and in your pocket. For many of us, taking the perfect photo now – whether it is for the books
or for social media – is simply cranking up the camera settings to the highest-resolutions to capture quality and detailed images. For some devices, artificial intelligence can even now further assist our manual inputs to provide us with the sharpest photographs available at the push of a button.


While investing time in learning the full range of your smartphone camera’s features and functionality can help, getting the right setting for the perfect shot each time may require more time. In those instances, some phones come with powerful cameras that will save you the time and hassle of getting the ideal image. 


For example, the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra’s camera comes with a complex AI system – its Advanced Single Take feature will capture the best picture AND clips behind the shutter, and you’ll have access to up to 10 photos and 4 videos in just one shot for your viewing and saving needs. (I find this very suitable when you shoot photo/video of your baby or cute pet)




Photo captured at #RiverofLifeKL Kuala Lumpur edited and doodle solely using the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra

Photo captured at #RiverofLifeKL Kuala Lumpur edited and doodle solely using the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra


Making the Best of Manual Photography Apps and Other Features

For seasoned photographers looking to seize more control over how their photos look, they can also look towards their smartphones for access to finer capturing and editing needs. For some smartphones, the camera may have a manual mode feature built in to enable a greater range of options for the user.


Whether you have experience with photography or simply exploring the possibilities available to you, making use of the manual photography mode on your smartphone like the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra’s Pro Mode can help give you the extra perfect shot, with options to change your shutter speed, aperture, ISO, focus, and more, giving you more leeway and control in your shots. (I wish Samsung Pro mode is allowing us to control the Telephoto and UltraWide lens very soon)


Also, with basic settings available across nearly all devices – such as turning on the gridlines when taking photos to help you better compose your shots – wider shots can prove to be more challenging. 


Generally, the ultrawide sensor on any phone can be more difficult to work with. However, on the Galaxy Note20Ultra, the dynamic range allows you  to take better landscape shots. With the telephoto, its periscope system enables you to extend its optical zoom range to 5x, and with its “Space Zoom”, the combination of the optical and digital zooms lets you get into an impressive 50x for those ultra-distant shots.



Editing your Photos Digitally Through Your Phone

While you can throw on a preset filter onto your photos, sometimes you need to go the extra mile to create a photograph that is truly memorable, and uniquely yours. Learning the art of editing will help take your photography skills a step higher. A camera can take you only so far, after all. Some basic skills on photo editing, even ones you can pick up by reading or watching tutorials online can go a long way,
forming the basis of the new skills you can pick up on your journey to improving your photography skills. (Yeap, mobile editing using Snapseed, Lightroom or VSCO will help you create a better personal style.)


With the range of apps currently available on your smartphone, editing on the go has never been easier. Whether it is adjusting the exposure, saturation or touching up minor blemishes to make that photo picture perfect, the right smartphone can assist you with capturing the pixel perfect image that only requires enhancements to be professional and polished. Sometimes, a simple auto adjust will be sufficient in modifying the images contrast, brightness, and saturation. Other times, you will need to rely
on your own eyes and build on your own experience to know if the image is good enough for your needs.


Either way, modern smartphones can ensure you have good shots as you hone your skills further. Get creative with adjusting lighting and saturation and play around with editing to gain new perspectives
otherwise unavailable on your device.


Ultimately, the first thing viewers see when looking at your images are what is in it, not how it was edited. With editing, less is often more – moderate adjustments combined with minimal use of filters can be used to beautify the photo. Finding the right device with a camera you are comfortable working with should take priority, with editing skills only used to further amplify areas of the image you want your viewers focusing on.

Close up photo of water droplet on my water-plant taken using Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra with @moment macro lens


Smartphone Cameras and the Evolution of Modern Photography

Today's smartphone camera technology makes it possible to capture practically any scene with the simple swipe of a finger. However, having the right tool can still impact your photo-taking journey, and the Galaxy Note20 Ultra is on par with the best phones out there, with additional tools still deeply imbued within its hardware and software to enable the perfect picture taking experience. With a good eye and a powerful camera you can use anywhere, you’ll be capturing the best memorable photos without missing a good moment.


To end this article, let's watch two 4K/8K High Definition video that I shoot and edit solely on Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra. Feel free to comment on the YouTube video and share with your friend! Tag a friend that you think might benefit them =)




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