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22nd Dec 2018

Finally! The new Samsung Galaxy A9 is here and the pics it takes are class

Louise Carroll

Brought to you by Samsung Galaxy A9.

If you’re camera obsessed, well, this might just be the perfect gift for you this Christmas ladies.

Whether you’re thinking selfies, landscape images, candid pics, fashion shoots, taking to the streets to find an array of subject matter or capturing life as it happens — you need to consider the Samsung Galaxy A9.

It’s the world’s first quad-camera smartphone and it’s creating LOTS of hype. So, to see if it’s worthy of all this fanfare, we got a super experienced photographer to head out and test it for us.

With an ultra wide, a telephoto, a 24MP and a depth camera (yep, an entire FOUR cameras!) we think anyone who gets their mitts on this incredible smartphone will be spoiled for choice when it comes to the kind of image they want to create. There’s also the Scene Optimiser and Flaw Detection (Oh yes!) so you can start capturing the most enhanced and stunning images, starting now.

Take the most glorious selfies or show off you artistic skills!

Here’s what our photographer shot:

Samuel Beckett Bridge and The Convention Centre, processed with VSCO with a6 preset

Brown Thomas, Dublin, processed with VSCO with a6 preset

St Stephens Green Shopping Centre, processed with VSCO with c3 preset

The whole aim of the Samsung Galaxy A9 is to provide infinite viewing pleasure and help budding photographers (and Insta huns) create a flawless shot.

After a few months, you’ll have endless amounts of images you can be proud of and don’t forget — practise makes perfect. In case you’re looking, here are a few little tips from Kymann our photographer.

1. Composition (Get low, get low, get low,)

“There are lots of elements to photography that need to be taken in to account. However, composition is one of the most important when starting out. Try different angles when shooting your subject. Get low to the ground or find a high vantage point. The more angles you try the easier it will be for you to identify that perfect shot.”

2. Improvise With Your Surroundings

“As you can see in the photo below, I made use of the puddle reflection in this shot. Scout your environment and see what might come in useful. It’s good to experiment. Don’t worry if it doesn’t work out, it’s all about figuring out what does and doesn’t work.”

Anne’s Lane, Dublin, processed with VSCO with c3 preset

3. Explore and Use Different Features

“With the Samsung Galaxy A9 there are four different cameras so test each one out in different scenarios. As you can see in the photo below I made use of the Live Focus behind a Christmas tree with the main focus on the subject in the back. This created a nice blur on the branch of the tree highlighting the depth between the two objects.”

4. A Note on Editing

“So, you’ve taken your photos and caught the right angle. Now it’s time to get editing. Two of my favourite apps to use are Snapseed and VSCO. They offer a variety of different filters and you can also adjust more specific aspects of your photos. I always use the less is more approach but the more you edit the better you will become.”

5. Be Patient and Keep Shooting

“By no means will you become a professional photographer overnight. Like any craft, it takes time to develop your skills. The most important tip of all is to keep shooting and editing. Repeat the process over and over. In time you will get stronger and stronger. Using the Samsung Galaxy A9 is a brilliant way to start learning and I would highly recommend it to anyone who has an interest in photography.”

Well, well… we can only guess what you’ll be hoping to find under the tree this year.

Feature Image – Bank of Ireland, College Green, Dublin

Brought to you by Samsung A9.