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Samsung Galaxy S6 Tutorials, Guides, How Tos and Tips [Part 3]

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Welcome to the third part of our Samsung Galaxy S6 Tutorials, How Tos and Tips. In this post we are going to help you learn the basics on the Galaxy S6 camera app from launching to using different camera modes and option settings available in this new Samsung flagship smartphone.

To give you an overview of what’s all in this post, here’s a list of topics we’ve covered:

  1. Galaxy S6 Camera Preview Screens and Option Settings FAQs – Answered
  2. Galaxy S6 Rear and Front Camera Option Settings
  3. How to Launch the Camera App quickly
  4. How to use Tracking AF option
  5. Different Camera Modes: Rear Camera and Front Camera Preloaded Modes
  6. How to take photos with Slow Motion Mode
  7. How to take photos with Virtual Shot Mode
  8. How to take photos with Fast Motion Mode
  9. How to take photos with Interval Shot mode
  10. How to use Selfie Mode/Wide Selfie Mode
  11. Taking selfies with Galaxy S6 Voice Control Feature

Let’s get started.

1. Galaxy S6 Camera Preview Screens and Option Settings FAQs – Answered

Q: What options can we access on the Galaxy S6 camera preview screen?

A: The new Samsung Galaxy S6 device comes with a simplified yet intuitive camera preview screen. Among the available options on the preview screen would include settings, flash, timer, HDR (on/off) and effect. To make it more user-friendly, the camera settings have also been simplified.

Under Camera settings, you can change or resize photos and videos as well as enable/disable basic camera options like Tracking AF, Grid lines, Location tags, Review pictures and Quick launch.

Q: How to access Camera settings, flash, timer HDR on/off, and effect options?

A: You can use the preview screen to access camera settings, flash, timer HDR on/off, and effect options.

Q: What are the specific functions of the preview screen options?

A: Settings is where you can set various options for using the camera. Flash is the option to activate or deactivate flash when taking photos or videos. Timer is the option used to select the length of the delay before the camera automatically takes a photo. The HDR option is used to take photos with rich colors and reproduce detains even in a dark and bright areas. Like Flash, HDR mode can also be activated or deactivated, by simply tapping HDR until you reach the desired option. Lastly, the Effect option is used to directly check a filter effect to use when taking pictures or recording videos on the preview mode.

Q: How to access shooting modes on the Galaxy S6 camera preview screen?

A: To access the list of shooting modes, you can swipe your finger to the right on the preview screen. To view photos and videos you have captured, swipe your finger to the left. Please note that the preview screen may vary depending on which camera is being used as well as on the shooting mode.

2. Galaxy S6 Rear/Front Camera Option Settings

The Galaxy S6 comes with various setting options for the rear and front cameras along with specific functions. Let’s get to know more of these options prior to use:

  1. Picture size – this option is used to select a resolution for photos. For higher quality photos, you can select a higher resolution, but please note that this would take up more memory.
  2. Video size – this option is used for videos. Selecting a higher resolution will result to higher quality videos but again this will take up more memory.
  3. Tracking AF – this option is used to allow the phone to track and automatically focus on a selected subject, even when the camera or subject moves.
  4. Video stabilization – this option lets you activate anti-shake feature, to lessen or eliminate blurriness due to camera shake while recording a video.
  5. Grid lines – this option lets you display view finger guides to help in composition.
  6. Location tags – this option lets you attach a GPS location tag to a photo.
  7. Review pictures – this option is used to set the phone to show photos right after capturing them.
  8. Quick launch – this option is used to set the phone to quickly launch the camera by pressing the Home key twice. You can also set the phone to take a photo after quick launching the camera application.
  9. Voice control – this option is used to set the phone to take photos or record videos using voice commands. To take a photo, you can say “Smile,” “Cheese,” “Capture,” or “Shoot.” To record a video, just say “Record video.”
  10. Volume keys – this option is used to set the phone to control the shutter or zoom function using the Volume key.
  11. Reset settings – this option is used to reset the camera settings.

3. How to Launch the Camera App quickly

There are two ways for you to launch the Camera app and take photos or record videos in an instant. Either you launch it on the lock screen or open the application from the Apps menu itself. The faster way though is through the lock screen.

To launch the Camera on the lock screen, just press the Home key twice when the screen is turned off or locked. To make this possible, you need to set this option through the Quick Launch menu in the Camera settings.

Please note though that while the security features are activated, some camera features will not be available when you launch the Camera app from the lock screen or when the screen is turned off.

4. How to use Tracking AF option

Again, activating the Tracking AF option on the Galaxy S6 camera allows your device to track and automatically focus on a selected subject. With this option, you will be able to easily take photos of moving subjects.

Here’s a quick guide on how to use tracking AF option on your S6 device:

  1. Tap on the Camera icon from the Home screen.
  2. Tap on the Camera Settings icon located on the upper-left most corner of the preview screen.
  3. From the Camera settings screen, scroll to and tap the Tracking AF switch to activate the feature.
  4. Tap the Back icon on the upper-left next to Camera settings, to go back to the preview screen.
  5. On the preview screen, tap the subject you want to track. Doing so will let the device focus on and track the selected subject.
  6. To take a photo, tap the Photo icon or tap the Video icon to record a video.

Follow the same procedure when using the Tracking AF option the next time you take photos or videos.

5. Different Camera Modes: Rear Camera and Front Camera Preloaded Modes

Q: What are the pre-loaded camera modes on the Galaxy S6?

A: There are various camera modes built-in or pre-installed on the Galaxy S6 device.

In the rear camera state, you can find seven preloaded modes including Auto, Pro, Selective Focus, Panorama, Slow motion, Fast motion, and Virtual Shot Camera mode.

  • Auto – is used to take the best possible pictures by setting the device to adjust the exposure and color of pictures automatically.
  • Pro – is used to adjust the ISO sensitivity exposure value, focal length, white balance and color tone manually while taking photos.
  • Selective focus – is used to change the focus of photos after they have been taken or captured. You may opt to focus on subjects near to the camera, far away from the camera, or both.
  • Panorama – is used to create a linear panorama by taking consecutive pictures in either a horizontal or vertical direction.
  • Slow motion – is used to record videos at a high frame rate for slow motion viewing. With this option, you can play a specific section of each video in slow motion after recording it.
  • Fast motion – is used to record videos in fast motion. With this option, you can play a specific section of each video in fast motion after recording it.
  • Virtual shot – is used to create multi-directional views of objects.

You can also download more rear camera modes by tapping the Download icon.

In the front camera preview, you can find four preloaded modes including Selfie, Wide selfie, Virtual Shot, and Interval shot.

  • Selfie – is used to take shots and apply different effects like an airbrushed.
  • Wide selfie – is used to take a wide-angle selfie shot to fit more people into your pictures.
  • Virtual shot – is used to create multi-directional views of objects.
  • Interval shot – is used to select the best pictures from a series of continuous shots take at set intervals.

If you want to have more, you can download more camera modes according to your preference. To download more camera modes, tap on the Download icon.

6. How to take photos with Slow Motion Mode

Follow these steps to take photos with Slow Motion Mode on the Galaxy S6:

  1. Tap Camera from the Home screen to get started.
  2. Next, tap Mode for you to take a picture using the Slow motion mode. Or, you can also tap Slow Motion to record a video using slow motion mode and specify which sections of your videos are to be played in slow motion.
  3. To start recording, tap the Record button.
  4. Tap the Stop button to stop when you’re done recording.
  5. To view or edit photos taken using the Slow motion mode directly, tap the preview thumbnail on the preview screen.
  6. To start playing the video with a randomly set slow motion section, tap the Slow motion icon.
  7. Tap Pause, to pause playback and edit the slow motion sections to your preference.
  8. To trim segments of a video, drag the start bracket and the end bracket to the desired point.
  9. To select the area of the video to be played in slow motion, drag the white circle. To set a more precise slow motion section, tap and hold the up arrow and the drag your finger to the left or right to move through the section frame by frame.
  10. When you tap the Slow motion section, options like speed, split and delete will become available for you to use.

Speed option is used to change the playback speed of the selected section. Split option is used to split the section into two parts, and Delete option is used to delete or remove a section.

Once you’ve finished editing your video, tap on Export (located on the upper-right next to Mute) to save the video.

7. How to take photos with Virtual Shot Mode

Follow these steps to take photos with Virtual Shot mode on the Galaxy S6:

  1. Tap Camera from the Home screen.
  2. Tap Mode to continue.
  3. Tap Virtual Shot. With the Virtual Shot mode, you can take a series of photos while circling a subject to create a photo of the subject from multiple angles. You can also view the subject from different angles by dragging your finger left or right on the photo.
  4. On the preview screen, place a subject in the center and tap the Camera button.
  5. To take more photos, move the device around the subject slowly in one direction. The picture is automatically saved once completed.
  6. Tap the Preview thumbnail to view virtual shot photos on the preview screen.
  7. Tap the Virtual shot mode icon to continue.
  8. To view the subject from different angles, drag your finger left or right on the screen. Alternately, you can just slowly swivel the device left or right.

8. How to take photos with Fast Motion Mode

Follow these steps to take photos with Fast Motion mode on the Galaxy S6:

  1. Tap Camera from the Home screen.
  2. Tap Mode.
  3. Tap Fast motion. Note: With the Fast motion mode, you can record a video and view it in fast motion. You can also specify sections of your video to be played in fast motion.
  4. To start, recording, tap the Record button.
  5. To stop recording when done, tap the Stop button.
  6. To view or edit photos you’ve taken using the Fast motion mode; tap the Preview thumbnail on the preview screen.
  7. Now tap the Fast motion icon to start playing the video with a randomly set fast motion section.
  8. Tap Pause to pause playback and edit the fast motion sections to your preference.
  9. To trim segments of a video, drag the start bracket and the end bracket to the desired point.
  10. To select the area of the video to be played in fast motion, drag the white circle. To set a fast motion section more precisely, tap and hold the Up Arrow, and then drag your finger to the left or right to move through the section frame by frame. Note: When you tap the fast motion section, you will be able to select options like speed, split and delete.
  11. Tap Export to save the video when finished.

9. How to take photos with Interval Shot mode

Here’s how to take photos with Interval Shot mode on the Galaxy S6:

  1. Tap Camera from the Home screen.
  2. Tap the icon to Switch to the Front camera on the preview screen, for self-portraits.
  3. Tap the Mode icon to change modes. You can select any from the preloaded modes like Selfie, Wide selfie, Virtual shot and Interval shot, or download more modes if you want.
  4. You can use the Wide Selfie mode to take series of self-portraits at an interval and save the photos that you want. To do so, tap Interval shot.
  5. To take a photo of yourself, tap the sensor on the back of the phone or simply tap the screen to take a picture. Generally, the device will take four photos at two-second intervals.
  6. You can also take a photo using your palm. To do so, tap the Settings icon.
  7. To activate the feature, tap the Gesture control switch.
  8. Once enabled, you can now show your palm to the front camera. Wait for the device to recognize your palm and when recognized, it will take a photo after two seconds. Note: The device will take four photos at two-second intervals.
  9. Check the pictures you want to save and then tap Save on the upper-right of the screen.

10. How to use Selfie Mode/Wide Selfie Mode

Follow these steps to use Selfie mode on your Galaxy S6:

  1. Tap Camera from the Home screen.
  2. Tap the icon to Switch to the front camera for self-portraits on the preview screen to take self-portraits with the front camera using the Selfie mode.
  3. Now face the front camera lens. By default, the front camera mode is set to Selfie.
  4. When you’re ready to take a photo of yourself, tap the sensor on the back of the device or simply tap the screen.

You can also take a photo using your palm. To do so, tap the Settings icon and then tap the Gesture control switch to enable or activate the feature. Once Gesture control is already activated, you can now show your palm to the front camera. Once your palm is recognized, the device will take a photo after two seconds.

Here’s how to take pictures using Wide Selfie mode on your Galaxy S6:

  1. Tap Camera from the Home screen.
  2. Next, tap the icon to change to the front camera on the preview screen.
  3. Tap the Mode icon to change modes.
  4. To fit more people into your pictures, tap to use the Wide Selfie mode.
  5. To take a photo of yourself, tap the sensor on the back of the device or tap the screen whenever you’re ready. You can also take a photo using your palm. To do so, tap the Settings icon, then tap the Gesture control switch to activate the feature. Once activated, show your palm to the front camera for it to be recognized. Once recognized, the device will take a photo after two seconds.
  6. To take a wide selfie, slowly swivel the device left and then right or vice versa. When the white frame moves to each end of the view finder window, the device is ready to take more photos.

The image will be saved automatically when processing is completed.

Hints to get a better wide selfie output:

  • Be sure to keep the white frame inside the viewfinder window.
  • The subjects should remain still.
  • Adjust appropriate lightning for photo resolution.

Also note that the top and bottom parts of the picture shown on the preview screen may be cut out of the photo.

11. Taking selfies with Galaxy S6 Voice Control Feature

Q: Is there a way for me to take a selfie in a more convenient manner aside from using my palm? How?

A: Another more convenient way of taking a selfie besides using your palm is through voice commands. This means you can set your device to take photos or record videos with your voice.

To use your voice commands, you need to activate or enable the Voice control feature. Just tap the Settings icon on the front camera preview screen, and then tap Voice control to enable or activate the feature. Once enabled or activated, you can now start saying “Smile,” “Cheese,” “Capture,” or “Shoot,” to take a photo. Or if you want to record a video, just say “Record video.”

And that covers everything in this post. Stay tuned for more Samsung Galaxy S6 tutorials, how tos and tips in our next posts. Or, you may also drop us an email for further relevant questions and concerns on the use of your new Samsung Galaxy smartphone and we’ll be glad to address them in the following posts.