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Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Tutorials, Guides, FAQs, How Tos and Tips [Part 9]

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Good day readers! It’s the 9th part of our Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Tutorials series. It will guide you through various operations you can do with the S6 Edge Camera and Video applications. Since, this post is primarily aimed at helping new users of Android smartphones (particularly the S6 Edge), we made this guide as simple and as detailed as it should. We’ve also managed to integrate some helpful notes and tips for users to remember when using certain features, and when configuring options or settings in the S6 Edge camera and video applications. Read on to learn more.

Check out the following outline of all the topics we’ve covered in this chapter:

Basic Operations with the Galaxy S6 Edge Camera

  • How to Access Camera Settings Menu
  • How to Use Viewfinder Screen Controls
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Camera Modes
  • How to Take Photos and Record Videos
  • How to View Photos and Videos with Gallery
  • How to Edit Photos
  • Edit Photos with Photo Editor
  • How to Create Collage
  • How to Share Pictures from the Gallery
  • How to Share Photos/Videos via Email
  • How to Share Photos/Videos via Bluetooth
  • How to Share Photos/Videos via Social Media Networks
  • How to Upload and Share Videos on YouTube

More Video File Sharing Operations with the Galaxy S6 Edge

  • Adjusting the Video Setting for Sharing
  • Taking a Picture while Recording a Video

More Things you can do with Pictures on the Galaxy S6 Edge

  • Changing the File Size of a Picture
  • Using Selective Focus Mode with the Galaxy S6 Edge Camera
  • Using Virtual Shot Mode with the Galaxy S6 Edge Camera
  • Using Selfie Mode (Front Camera only) with the Galaxy S6 Edge
  • Using Wide-Selfie Mode (Front Camera only) with the Galaxy S6 Edge

Basic Operations with the Galaxy S6 Edge Camera

The new Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are two gorgeous, powerful smartphones designed to impress mobile phone consumers with high-end specs and attractive, brand new design. Given the fact that both the S6 and S6 Edge are tagged among the latest high-end devices, users can expect these devices to deliver substantial updates to the camera. Both the new Galaxy iterations sport a 16-megapixel rear camera with plenty of innovative features that impact photo quality just as much as resolution.

Read on to learn how to make the most of the Galaxy S6 Edge camera features.

Accessing the Galaxy S6 Edge Camera Settings Menu for Help Topics

With the 16-megapizel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front camera, you can take and share sharp and high-quality pictures and videos with your Galaxy S6 Edge camera app.

An overview of your phone’s camera and its features can be viewed by accessing the phone settings menu. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Touch Apps from Home.
  2. Touch Camera.
  3. Touch the Settings icon (wheel-like icon) located on the upper-left corner of the camera screen.
  4. Touch to select Help from the given options.
  5. A list of Help topics will be shown. Simply tap a topic to learn more on it.

Galaxy S6 Edge Viewfinder Screen Controls and their Functions

The Viewfinder screen is where you can view your subject and access camera controls and options to modify photos and videos on your phone. Below are the primary controls you can use on the viewfinder screen.

  • Shortcuts Menu – is where you can access frequently-used camera settings including Effect, HDR (Rich Tone), Timer and Flash.

         – Effect – is used for adding special graphical effects.

         – HDR or Rich tone – is used for saving the picture in HDR or rich tone only.

         – Timer – is used for taking time-delayed photos or videos.

         – Flash – is only used with the rear camera, for you to toggle through different flash options like ON, OFF or AUTO. It can be activated or deactivated as you prefer.

  • Camera Settings – represented by the wheel-like icon. Tapping this icon will give you access to the camera settings menu and wherein you can modify additional camera settings.
  • Gallery – is where you can view photos and videos through the Gallery application.
  • Record Video – tap this icon to start recording a video.
  • Capture Picture – tap this icon to take or capture a photo.
  • Switch Between/Rear Cameras – tap this icon to toggle between the rear and front camera.
  • Shooting Modes – used to select a shooting mode to use.

Galaxy S6 Edge Camera Shooting Modes

There are many shooting modes you can use to enhance photos and videos taken with your phone’s camera. To access these shooting modes, follow these steps:

  1. Touch Apps from Home.
  2. Touch Camera to open the camera viewfinder screen.
  3. From the viewfinder screen, tap the Mode icon to select a shooting mode.
  4. Scroll through available modes and then tap a mode to select it.

Hint: Available modes may vary depending on your phone’s setup and which camera is active.

Here’s a list of frequently used modes and their functions:

  • Auto – used for automatically adjusting the exposure to optimize brightness and color of pictures. You can take single or burst shots when using Auto mode. Hint: To take burst shots, hold the Capture icon, take multiple shots, and then lift your finger when done.
  • Fast Motion – used for recording videos at a low frame rate for fast motion viewing.
  • Interval Shot – used for taking new pictures every few seconds with the front camera.
  • Panorama – used for taking multiple pictures to merge or combine into one expansive picture. Panorama pictures can be created horizontally or vertically.
  • Pro – used to manually adjust the ISO sensitivity, white balance, color tone, exposure value and focal length while taking pictures.
  • Rear-cam Selfie – used for taking a self-portrait with the rear camera.
  • Selective Focus – used to blur items in the distance to make objects stand out from the background.
  • Selfie – used for taking a self-portrait with the front camera.
  • Slow motion – used for recording videos at a high frame rate for slow motion viewing.
  • Virtual shot – used for creating an interactive tour of your surroundings.
  • Wide selfie – used for taking selfie shots in wide angle using the front camera to fit more people into your pictures.
  • Download – used to browse and download more modes compatible with your phone’s Camera.

Taking Photos and Record Videos on the Galaxy S6

Captured photos with your phone’s camera are saved as JPEG images (.jpg file format). Recorded videos on the other hand are saved as MPEG4 (.mp4 file format).

Important Note:

Before you take a picture or record a video, make sure the camera lens are free from dirt, fingerprints or smudges for clear and sharp outputs. Gently wipe lens with a soft cloth beforehand. Also avoid exposing the lens to direct sunlight for long periods as this may discolor filter and affect the overall color of the images.

Follow these steps to take high-resolution photos with the Edge camera:

  1. Touch Apps from Home.
  2. Touch Camera to open the camera viewfinder screen.
  3. Aim the camera at your subject and tap the Capture icon when ready.
  4. Wait for the shutter to click. When it does, the picture is captured and saved to your phone.

Hint: Another way to launch the camera app is by swiping the Capture icon from the lock screen. It will directly open the camera viewfinder screen for you to capture photos.

Recording a Video with the Galaxy S6 Edge Camera

Follow these steps to record high-quality videos with your phone video camera:

  1. Touch Apps from Home.
  2. Touch Camera to launch the camera viewfinder screen.
  3. Set the camera you prefer to use (rear or front) and then aim the camera at your subject.
  4. Once you’re ready, tap the Record icon to begin recording your video. You will know when the video recording starts when the bottom timer (video duration) starts counting. Hint: If you want to pause the recording, tap the Pause icon.
  5. Once you’re done recording your video, tap the Stop icon to stop recording. The video is captured and saved to your phone.

Viewing Photos and Videos with the Galaxy S6 Edge Gallery

Photos and videos taken with your phone’s camera, downloaded, copied, or transferred to your phone’s memory can be viewed using the Gallery application. You can also use the Gallery to view your photos and your friends’ pictures that are uploaded on your social networks.

Photos stored on your phone can be edited using the basic editing tools such as cropping or rotating. You can also set a picture as your contact picture or wallpaper, as well as share photos with your friends.

If you need help, here’s how to access the Gallery and start viewing or sharing pictures and videos on your phone:

  1. Touch Apps from Home.
  2. Touch Gallery, to open the Gallery app screen.
  3. From the Gallery screen, tap Time. Doing so will open a drop-down list containing other views to choose. Simply tap a view you prefer. For example, Albums. Tap on Albums and the list of albums will open.
  4. To view the album’s contents, tap any of the available albums. To return to the Albums screen, tap the Back key and then select another album to view if you want.
  5. To view a picture, tap a thumbnail.

Hint: When you view a picture in full-screen you will be prompted with different controls or options to use. Among these options include the following:

  • Favorite – used for tagging a photo as favorite.
  • Share – used for sharing a photo. Tapping this option (icon) will prompt you with different sharing methods you can use.
  • Edit – used for modifying photos as you desire.
  • Delete – used to erase the current picture.
  • Camera – used to open the camera app by tapping Camera.
  • More – used to view additional options such as Details (for viewing file details), Slideshow (for creating slideshows), Set as contact picture (for setting a picture as a contact’s photo), and Set as wallpaper (for setting a picture as your Home or Lock screen wallpaper).
  1. To view a video, tap to select a video you want to view.

Hint: Viewing the video in full-screen will let you access different options to use, including the following:

  • Play – for playing a video.
  • Favorite – for tagging a video as a favorite.
  • Share – for sharing a video. Tapping this icon prompts you with different methods to share the video.
  • Editor – for editing the video.
  • Delete – used to erase the current video.
  • More – tap to view additional options to use including Details (for viewing video files in details), and Slideshow (for creating a slideshow or your videos).

More Hints:

  • If you want to view the a picture or video in the Review Screen, tap the thumbnail image located at the upper right corner of the camera screen after capturing a picture or video. From there, you can view available options including Save, View, Send, or Delete.
  • To zoom in or out on a picture, tap the screen twice or pinch the screen while viewing a picture/video.
  • To play, pause, or stop the video playback, use the onscreen controls.

Editing Photos with the Galaxy S6 Edge Camera

With your phone’s camera application, you can edit or modify pictures anytime –whether you are browsing for photos in filmstrip or grid view in the Gallery. To open a selection menu, tap a picture and choose any from the editing controls such as delete a picture, rotate, crop it, and more.

Rotate and Save a Picture

Follow these steps to change a picture’s angle and save changes afterwards:

  1. Touch Apps from Home.
  2. Touch Gallery, to open the Gallery app screen.
  3. Tap a picture you want to rotate.
  4. Touch the Edit icon.
  5. Select Rotate.
  6. Rotate the picture to your preferred angle or position.

Crop an Image

Follow these steps to cut or crop the picture according to your preferred size:

  1. Touch Apps from Home.
  2. Touch Gallery to launch the app.
  3. Tap a picture to crop.
  4. Touch the Edit icon.
  5. Select Crop.
  6. When the crop box appears on the picture, you can adjust its size, to adjust the picture. To do so, touch and hold the edge of the box and when you see the directional arrows, drag your finger outward or inward to resize the crop box.
  7. Drag the crop box to the desired size and position to move it to the part of the picture you want to crop.
  8. To apply the changes to the picture, touch Save. The cropped picture will then be saved in the album as a copy while the original picture remains as is.

Advanced Editing with the Galaxy S6 Edge Photo Editor

Aside from basic editing tools, you can also perform advanced edits on your photos such as adjusting the tone, enhancing portraits, straightening and adding visual effects for an even better output.

Here’s how to use Photo Editor on your Galaxy S6 Edge:

  1. Touch Apps from Home.
  2. Touch Gallery to open the app.
  3. Tap the picture you want to edit with Photo Editor.
  4. Touch the Edit icon.
  5. Select Photo Editor from the given options.
  6. Adjust your picture with any of the available enhancements tools like Adjustment, Tone, Effect, and Portrait.
  • Adjustment – a tool used for straightening and freely rotating your picture.
  • Tone – a tool used for adjusting brightness, saturation, temperature, hue, and contrast of the picture.
  • Effect – a tool used for adding color effects to your picture.
  • Portrait – a tool used for enhancing facial features of portraits.

Creating Collage with the Galaxy S6 Edge Gallery App

You can also create a photo collage with your pictures on your phone. Here’s how:

  1. Touch Apps from Home.
  2. Touch Gallery to open the app.
  3. Tap a picture you want to add to your collage.
  4. Touch the Edit icon.
  5. Select Collage from the given options.
  6. To select and add more pictures to your collage, tap the Add (+) icon, and then tap to select pictures to add. When you’re done selecting pictures, tap Done.
  7. Adjust your collage using the tools at the bottom of the screen. Among the available tools include Aspect ratio, Layout, Border, and Background.
  • Aspect ratio – tap this tool to adjust the aspect ratio of the collage.
  • Layout – tap this tool to change the layout of the collage.
  • Border – tap this tool to add a border to the collage.
  • Background – tap this tool to change the background of the collage.
  1. Adjust each picture within the collage by tapping the picture and then use any of the menu options that pop-up. Among these options include Replace, Remove, Effect, and Adjustment.
  • Replace – to replace a selected picture.
  • Remove – to remove a selected picture from the collage.
  • Effect – to apply certain effect to the selected picture.
  • Adjustment – to crop, flip, resize, reverse, or rotate the selected picture.

Hint: You can also reposition a picture by selecting the picture, and then drag it within its place in the collage.

  1. When you’re done creating/editing your collage, touch Save to save it. The collage will be saved in the Photo Editor album.

Sharing Photos and Videos from the Galaxy S6 Edge Gallery

There are different ways for you to share photos and video files from your Galaxy S6 Edge.

With the S6 Edge Gallery app, you can send photos and videos via email or multimedia messages (MMS). Pictures can also be shared on your social networks like Facebook and Google+. You can also share videos on YouTube or send them to another device via Bluetooth.

Sending Photos/Videos via Email or Gmail

Follow these steps to send photos and/or videos by attaching them in your email or Gmail message (file attachments).

  1. Touch Apps from Home.
  2. Touch Gallery to launch the app.
  3. Tap the photos or videos you want to send or attach to your email. Hint: You can also select multiple items to attach by touching and holding an image to turn on multiple select. By then, you can start tapping all the items you want to attach to your email.
  4. When you’re done selecting photos or videos, tap Share.
  5. On the sharing menu, tap to select Email or Gmail.
  6. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete and send the email with the attached photos and videos.

Sending Photos/Videos via MMS or Multimedia Message

With your phone’s messaging application, you can send photos and videos via MMS or Multimedia Messaging.

Hint: If you are trying to send large files, it would be better to send them one at a time for faster sending of the MMS.

If you need help, here’s how to do it:

  1. Touch Apps from Home.
  2. Touch Gallery to open the Gallery app.
  3. Tap the photos or videos you want to send via MMS.
  4. Turn on multiple select, by touching and holding an image. By then, you can start selecting multiple items. Simply tap the items you want to include in your message.
  5. Tap Share when done selecting photos/videos.
  6. Tap Messages on the sharing menu, to send the files via MMS.
  7. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the MMS sending process.

Sending Photos/Videos via Bluetooth

Another way to send or transfer photos and videos from the Galaxy S6 Edge to another device like your computer or a different phone, is through Bluetooth. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Touch Apps from Home.
  2. Touch Gallery to open the app.
  3. Tap the photos or videos to share via Bluetooth.
  4. If you want to send multiple photos/videos, turn on multiple select by touching and holding an image, and then tap all the items you want to send.
  5. Tap Share to display the sharing menu with file sharing options.
  6. Tap to select Bluetooth.
  7. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete sending of files via Bluetooth.

Sharing Photos/Videos via Social Media Networks or Other Apps

You can also use other compatible applications or social media sites like Google+, Facebook, Instagram, and Hangouts to share photos and videos from your Galaxy S6 Edge. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Touch Apps from Home.
  2. Touch Gallery.
  3. Tap the album containing the photos or videos you want to share.
  4. Again, if you want to select multiple items, turn on multiple select first by touching and holding an image, and then tap all the items you want to share.
  5. Tap the screen to continue.
  6. Tap Share, and then tap the app you prefer to use.
  7. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete sharing of photos/videos with the selected application.

Uploading and Sharing Videos on YouTube

If you’re videos are significant and really worth-sharing, then you can upload them to YouTube and share it with the world.

Hint: Be sure to create a YouTube account and sign in to it on your phone before you start uploading your videos.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Touch Apps from Home.
  2. Touch Gallery.
  3. Tap the videos you want to upload to YouTube. Hint: For multiple videos, turn on multiple select by touching and holding an image and then tap all the videos you want to upload.
  4. Proceed by tapping on Share.
  5. Tap to select YouTube from the Sharing Menu options.
  6. When prompted, enter the required information for your video such as description, tags, and then select a privacy option.
  7. After entering necessary information, tap Upload to begin uploading. You can try to view your uploaded video on YouTube when done.

More Video Operations with the Galaxy S6 Edge Camera

In addition to video recording, editing, and sharing, you can also perform the following:

Adjusting the Video Setting for Sharing

Learn how to configure or adjust the video settings on your Galaxy S6 Edge, for easy sharing. Here’s how:

  1. Open the Camera application.
  2. Touch the Settings icon.
  3. Scroll to and touch to select Video Size (rear) to display available sizes to choose from.
  4. Touch to select/mark VGA from the given options.
  5. Tap the Back button to get back to the viewfinder screen.
  6. Now, touch the Video icon to record a video.
  7. When the recording is finished, touch the Stop button.

Hint: Another way to ensure video file is in the correct size and resolution for sending, you can capture or record a new video with the Messaging app.

Taking a Picture while Recording a Video

These quick steps will help you take a picture while recording a video with the S6 Edge camera viewfinder:

  1. Open the Camera app.
  2. From the camera screen (viewfinder), touch the Video icon to start recording a video.
  3. While you’re recording, touch the Capture icon to take a picture. The picture will then be stored in the Gallery along with your videos.
  4. To stop recording, touch the Stop icon.

More Things you can do with Pictures on the Galaxy S6 Edge Camera

There’s more to work with pictures using the S6 Edge Camera applications. Aside from the basic operations — photo-taking, editing, and sharing, you can also do the following:

Changing the File Size of a Picture

To save space on your phone’s memory you can reduce the file size of the pictures. Doing so will also make it easier for you to share photos via messaging and email. However, reducing a picture file size also reduces the image quality and could result to poor printouts of the picture.

In case you really need to do it, here’s how to change the file size of a picture on your phone:

  1. Open the Camera app.
  2. Touch the Settings icon from the Camera screen (viewfinder).
  3. From the Camera settings menu, touch to select Picture size (rear) to view available size options for the picture.
  4. Scroll to and touch to select 2.4M (16:9).
  5. Tap the Back key to go back to the previous screen.

Using Selective Focus Mode with the Galaxy S6 Edge Camera

Selective Focus is a camera mode that is used to make objects stand out and blurs the backround. There are three image-focus options available namely foreground or near focus, background or far focus, and pan focus (focus evenly across the image). Here’s how to use it on your phone:

  1. Touch Apps from Home.
  2. Touch Camera to launch the camera app screen.
  3. On the camera screen (viewfinder), touch the Mode icon.
  4. Touch Selective Focus to continue.
  5. Now take a picture by tapping the Capture icon (camera button). Hint: For best output, adjust distance from the subject preferably less than 2 feet away and the background has to be more than 3 feet away.
  6. Touch the Gallery icon to proceed.
  7. Touch the Selective Focus icon/button.
  8. Touch to icon/button to select a focus.
  9. Touch Save when done.

Please note that the quality of photos in the S6 Edge selective focus mode can be affected by many factors including the phone or subject movements, background light, low levels of light, location when taking photos, as well as when the subject or background has no pattern, or consists of plain colors.

Using Virtual Shot Mode with the Galaxy S6 Edge Camera

With the Virtual Shot mode, you can take a series of photos while circling around a subject to create a view of the subject from multiple angles. It’s a recommended camera mode to use if you want to create multi-directional views for an object or an environment in a single photo.

Here’s how to use Virtual Shot Mode in the S6 Edge:

  1. Open the Camera app.
  2. Touch Mode from the camera screen.
  3. Touch to select Virtual Shot.
  4. Touch the Camera button (Capture icon) to take a picture of an object, and then move your phone around the object. Hint: Be sure to focus on your desired object and that the object is in the center of the preview screen before using Virtual Shot.
  5. Now, touch the Gallery button/icon located on the upper-right edge of the screen.
  6. Touch the Virtual Shot button/icon to continue.
  7. To view your photo, tilt your phone left or right.

Hint: Virtual shots photos can be viewed in the Gallery app. But you can only view the photo on Samsung devices, as it will appear as a normal photo with a single directional view in other non-Samsung devices.

Using Selfie Mode (Front Camera only) with the Galaxy S6 Edge

Selfie mode is the default camera mode for the Galaxy S6 Edge front camera, and is only for the front camera. With this mode, you can take selfie photos and automatically apply some effects to make it look even better.

Here’s how to use Selfie Mode on the Galaxy S6 Edge:

  1. Open the Camera app.
  2. From the camera app, tap the Camera Rotate icon to switch to front camera.
  3. Tap Mode to change to selfie mode, if necessary, and then tap Selfie.
  4. Once your face is ready, tap the Camera or shutter icon to take your picture.

Follow the same steps to take another selfie with your phone.

Using Wide-Selfie Mode (Front Camera only) with the Galaxy S6 Edge

Aside from Selfie Mode, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge also sports a wide selfie mode that lets you take wide-angle selfie photos so that you can fit more people in the picture.

Here’s how to use Wide Selfie Mode on your phone:

  1. Open the Camera app.
  2. Touch the Rotate Camera icon to switch to front camera.
  3. Touch the Mode icon to continue.
  4. Touch to select Wide Selfie.
  5. When your face is ready, press the shutter button (camera icon) to take your picture.
  6. Slowly move your phone from left to right or vice versa to start taking a wide self-portrait.
  7. Follow the onscreen instructions to continue.

Hint: When the white frame moves to each end of the viewfinder screen, additional photos will be taken and merged. If there are no errors, the final wide-selfie picture will be automatically saved.

And that’s everything in the 9th chapter of our series on Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Tutorials, How Tos and Tips. Please keep posted for more relevant contents to populate our Tutorials Index pages in the upcoming days. We will do our best to provide you with more simplified references from basics to more advanced uses of the new Samsung flagship smartphone.

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