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How to use Pro mode on the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge to take amazing photos

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Samsung’s smartphones sport some of the best cameras in the industry, and the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge take incredible photos — even in auto mode. However, for shutterbugs, the Pro mode is a must-have. It takes an already excellent camera and pushes it further, bringing DSLR-style manual controls to your smartphone

The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge sport a wider f/1.7 aperture in the lens, larger micron pixels in the image sensor, fast focusing Dual Pixel technology, and optical image stabilization (OIS). As such, you can do even more with the Pro mode on the S7 and S7 Edge than ever before.

Although it may take some getting used to, using the Pro mode is well worth it. Here are some cool ways you can stir your creative juices and shoot some great images when going manual with either phone.

See the difference in real time

An interface with a lot of options may seem overwhelming off the bat, and Samsung peppered Pro with a myriad of settings that could understandably cause some confusion. The main controls within the interface are along the right-hand side. From top to bottom, you have settings for filters, focusing, white balance, ISO, shutter speed, and exposure control. Selecting any one of these options shows another vertical slider to adjust each setting on the fly.

The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge menu with Pro mode selected.

The adjustments you make appear on screen in real time, so you have an idea of what the effect looks like.

Here’s a breakdown of the features:

  • The filters are pretty self-explanatory.
  • Focusing takes greater control over zeroing in a subject, which may be more useful when shooting macro close-ups.
  • White balance adjusts color to look more natural, and a handful of different presets along the vertical line help guide you.
  • ISO dictates the level of sensitivity to available light.
  • Shutter speed determines how fast or how long the sensor takes in light.
  • Exposure adjusts the brightness and contrast.
The camera interface on the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.

To the left, the interface offers other controls that are more basic in principle. Again, from top to bottom, you have automatic focus, focus metering, timer, flash, photo quality, and settings. Most of these are pretty academic, but the top two offer adjustments in how the focusing bracket works, be it a tighter focus or a wider one, similar to how metering works on a DSLR. You can tinker with this if you want to be a little more artistic, but if not, stick to the default settings.

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