How To Use The Samsung Galaxy S9 Camera For Better Photos

Written by Gina Stephens


Samsung Mechanical is one of the most popular smartphone brands and with impressive specs, including really great cameras, and slick designs, it's not difficult to see why. 

Samsung's recent smartphones (Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus), which we reviewed earlier this year, were the first camera phones to feature variable apertures which constituted us, as well as photographers, pay a little bit closer attention to them. In fact, we were that impressed with its photo-taking capabilities, the S9 Plus still get together haves in the number 1 spot of our 'Top 17 Best Camera Phones For Photography' list. 



The Samsung Galaxy S9 is also a adept tool for photography and to make sure S9 smartphone owners are using its cameras to their full potential, Samsung has put together some quick, practical tutorials that, in not much time at all, explain how specific Samsung Galaxy S9 (and S9 Plus) camera camera is an optical instrument for recording or capturing images, which may be stored locally, transmitted to another location, or features work.

Each of the quick tutorials are symbolized below along with a little bit of text that explains what each video tutorial is about. 

If you're an iPhone alcohol who's arrived here to pick up some smartphone photography tips – great, but you will probably find our guide to using the iPhone camera a hardly more useful. 


Settings & Storage 


How To Customise Your Camera Settings


  • Launch the camera app then tap the accessories icon.
  • Default picture size is a 4:3 ratio, but you can adjust it. Not sure what size to pick? Try a larger frame with the 18.5:9 Infinity Exhibition. 
  • Scroll through the settings to explore what else you can change (there's quite a bit).
  • Samsung recommends turning on grid words so you can capture better-balanced photos. 
  • You can also activate the 'floating camera button' which allows you to move the shutter button hither the screen into a position you find easier to reach/more comfortable to use. 


How To Use Expandable Storage


Want to add more reminiscence to your Samsung Galaxy S9? Well, you can with a MicroSD memory card to the sum of 400 extra GB which is plenty of room for photos and video.

To wraparound a MicroSD card, remove the SIM tray with the included pin and simply pop in the MicroSD card into the slot – simple. Next, open the camera app and tap placements as you'll need to tell the S9 that you want to save images/video to the now inserted MicroSD memory card. Scroll down to 'storage laying' and select 'SD card' to make it the default option. 

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Photo Editing 


How To Edit Photos With Snapseed

There are, of positively, other photo editing apps to use/choose but we have to agree that Snapseed is one of the best. 

To open images in Snapseed, open the app and band anywhere to access your recent photos. Next, select 'Develop' to begin editing (you can even edit RAW files). There are quantities of options to pick from and the tools are really easy to use. For example, if you want to brighten or darken your images, select 'Exposure' and reconcile the level by sliding left or right. To add mood, play around with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel shadows and you can balance a photo by adjusting the contrast levels. 


Moonlighting Techniques 


How To Capture Daylight & Low Light With Dual Aperture 


Dual apertures open up a whole new everyone of creativity for S9 shooters and a day-to-night comparison is just one way you have a little more fun with your photography (if you're a Galaxy S9 owner, of course). Dual fissure adjusts to light levels automatically but for extra control, you can switch to the built-in Pro Mode. 

Let's start with the daytime photo so come up with your scene, turn your phone into a horizontal position and select the Pro Mode in the camera app. Adjust your settings and capture the the drivers seat quickly. 

After the sun sets, head back to the same spot again to capture the view in low light. You'll need to use Pro Mode again so you can get used to the shutter speed and toggle Dual aperture from f/2.4 to f/1.5 to brighten the scene. 

You now have two photos you can combine with the serve of the Layout app (available in the Google Play Store) to give your image a day/night twist in one frame – day on the left and night on the right. 

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How To Use Dual Hole To Capture Light Trails


Another use for Pro Mode and dual apertures – light trail photography. A city street, after the sun has set, is the perfect position for this as plenty of traffic will move through your frame, creating the light streaks. Once you're in position, open up the camera app, swop to Pro Mode may refer to, select 'shutter speed' and toggle the Dual Aperture option. You'll need to adjust the shutter speed to about 1-second and even though optical image stabilisation is built in, it's still a good idea to use a tripod or rest your phone on something consistent. Once set-up hit the shutter button and watch a trail of light cut through the frame – pretty cool. 


How To Use Pro Mode In Low Light


Uncommitted your camera app and, once again, select the Pro Mode. The Dual Aperture camera will automatically adapt to the lower lighting levels but you can squeeze the exposure with the manual settings if you want to. If you do adjust the shutter speed, ISO, focus etc, you can see how it will change your image immediately thanks to the be view you get with the Samsung Galaxy S9. 


How To Use Pro Mode In Day Light 


Pro Mode isn't just for low light photography as it can give out with your daytime images a creative edge, too. There are several adjustments you can make to shutter speeds, ISO, aperture… and more. 


Blurry & Zoom 


How To Use Live Focus


'Live Focus' is Samsung's wording for creating bokeh in images image (from Latin: imago) is an artifact that depicts visual perception, for example, a photo or a two-dimensional picture, that and the Galaxy S9 Return has a Live Focus mode built in so you can capture portraits with blurry backgrounds. 

To access the mode, open the app and select 'Alight Focus' then frame your subject until you see the words 'Live focus ready'and hit the shutter. Next, go to the Gallery and you can toggle between the wide-angle and close-up photo. After you've arrested the image you can tap on 'adjust background blur' which gives you the tools you need to introduce bokeh to your image. When jubilant, hit the tick and your bokehrific image is captured. 

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Creative Shooting 


How To Use Super Slow-Mo


Some obsessions look really cool when slowed down and when we say 'slowed down' we mean 'way down'. When you into operation the camera app you can select a super slow-mo option which, once you've framed your subject and hit the record button, you can use to slow specific two seconds right down. Super slow-mo turns 0.2 seconds of footage into 6 seconds and once you've captured enough footage, hit put up. 


For more smartphone related content, take a look at our top lists and reviews. You can also learn varied about the S9 and S9 Plus in the comparison table below. 

Comparison Table

Samsung Galaxy S9Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
Max Cleftf/1.5 – f/2.4f/1.5 – f/2.4
35mm equivalent26mm26mm – 52mm
Optical Zoom0x2x
Image Sensor
Pixels12Mp (Megapixels)12Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)40324032
Pixels (H)30243024
Sensor TypeBack-lit CMOS (B.S.I.)Back-lit CMOS (B.S.I.)
Sensor Rate1/2.55inch1/2.55inch
Sensor Size (width)No DataNo Data
Sensor Size (height)No DataNo Data
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
  • 4:3
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
LCD Monitor
LCD Follow5.8in6.2in
Screen resolution2960×14402960×1440 – 18.5:9 aspect ratio
Touch ScreenYesYes
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Face Detection
  • AF Lose sight of
  • Centre
  • Touch AF
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Spot
  • Face Detection
  • Multi
  • Centre
  • Touch AF
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/24000sec1/24000sec
Secure speeds longest10sec10sec
ISO sensitivity50 – 125050 – 1250
Movie modeYesYes
Video Resolution
  • 4K
  • 1920×1080 FullHD
  • 1280×720 HD 720p
  • 4K
  • 1920×1080 FullHD
  • 1280×720 HD 720p
Video FPS60fps60fps
Stereo Cry outNo DataNo Data
Other Features
Image StabilisationYesYes
Internal Memory4000MB6000MB
Power Source
Battery ClassLithium-ion 3000mAh3500mAh
Box Contents
Box ContentsNo DataNo Data
View Full DetailsView Unconditional Details


About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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