Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Photography #VZWMidwest

FTC Disclosure: I received a Samsung Note 3 to use and review from Verizon Wireless. The device is on loan and will be return to Verizon Wireless when my reviews and work is complete. All views and opinions with regard to the products or company itself are my own and were not influenced, nor reviewed, by the company prior to posting.

Note 3 PhotographyI take A LOT of photos. A LOT! I always take way more photos then I need. I have found that more and more I am using my smartphone for photos. Unless we are doing something that is new or that I want to have the best possible photos, I often leave my DSLR camera behind. It’s summer. I don’t want to lug around the camera bag and I wouldn’t feel comfortable, with the temperatures that get boiling, leaving the camera bag in the car. With newer phones like the Note 3 I truly don’t worry. The Note 3 takes AMAZING photos! Just the camera specs alone will tell you ahead of time you are walking into a great camera within the phone.

Just a Dandelion

Just a Dandelion

Note 3 Camera Specs

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 camera comes loaded with quality! With it’s fast focusing and virtually zero shutter lag, this is a very enjoyable camera to shoot with. Here’s the fancy specs:

  • 13-megapixel camera
  • single-LED flash
  • F2.2 lens
  • 1/3.06 inch sensor
  • 2 megapixels front facing camera
  • autofocus and touch to focus
  • digital image stabilization
  • face and smile detection detection
  • exposure compensation
  • ISO control
  • white balance presets
  • burst mode
  • digital zoom
  • geo tagging
  • High Dynamic Range (HDR), Panorama and Scenes mode
  • effects
  • self-timer
  • designed to be operated with just on thumb
A Lovely Gazebo at the Park

A Lovely Gazebo at the Park

That’s quite the bang for your buck! The camera is loaded with features. Since I am a bit of a photo hoarder (okay A LOT of a photo hoarder) I couldn’t be sold just on the numbers and features alone. I had to compare these photos with that of the photos from my iPhone 5S, my Nikon DSLR and of course the Note 3. I wanted a TRUE comparison. Was it worth a few trips to the park, pool, zoo and more without taking my DSLR? Would there be moments I might miss out on a GREAT photo by using my smartphone camera? Of course the true test would be a comparison of all three. So I decided to take all three with me and capture some various photos from some various times, places and activities.

An Aged Log Cabin

An Aged Log Cabin

Tips For Taking Great Photos With The Note 3

Whenever you are using a new camera, whether that is a smartphone or otherwise, it’s always great to take a quick lesson in Camera 101. Learning some quick tips and tricks can help you hit it off great with your new Note 3. You will be able to take great photos in no time at all! I’ve been using the Note 3 for the past few weeks and I am really loving the camera and the picture quality. Here are some of my favorite tips and tricks when it comes to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 camera:

  • There are 12 photo modes. Before getting set into “auto”, take some time to play with all 12 of them. Making yourself familiar with each of them will make it easy to switch back and forth and use different modes that will help you take the best photo of your subject.
  • Play around with depth of field and macro. Get close up to things, like flowers. Tap the screen for maximum focus and take your photo. Learn how far and how close you can be away from your subject or object. The Note 3 does appear much closer then you are!
  • Change the default resolution from 9.6MP with an aspect ratio of 16:9 to 13MP with an aspect ratio of 4:3. Having a 16:9 photo is really nothing more then a crop. Use the high megapixel for a better quality photo.
  • Download MORE filters. When you slide through the filters, on the very end, you will see download. Be armed with your favorites for less editing time later!
  • Enabled your guidelines. If you take photography seriously or have heard of the rule of thirds with photography, this will help you tremdiously!
  • Change the camera shutter. By default there is a camera key on the screen, which is used to take the photo. This makes using the camera one handed a bit tricky. You can select the volume key to be your camera shutter. This works GREAT for one handed use, but also works great for holding more steady when snapping your picture.
  • Set your focus. You can lock the focus and exposure by simply holding down the shutter button and compose your shot. Once you are satisfied with your composition, just lift your finger of the shutter to take your photo.
An Old Military Tank

An Old Military Tank

With all the information on the Note 3 camera in your hands, get into your settings and set up your preferences. Play for a bit and get used to the modes and features. I know that my smartphone will never replace my DSLR when it comes to photography, but I am comforted in knowing that I can leave my DSLR at home and not miss a moment on camera. When I printed my photos taken with my Note 3 they were every bit as crisp, clean and vibrant as they appeared on the screen of my phone.

The Gazebo Roof

The Gazebo Roof

What are your thoughts on the Note 3 camera? Would this camera work for you? Have you found a tip I didn’t? Share your thoughts! I’d love to know what your thoughts are!


71 Responses to “Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Photography #VZWMidwest”

  1. June 28, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    That does look like it takes great pictures. I have heard so many wonderful things about this phone!

    • Bobbie
      June 28, 2014 at 9:31 pm

      Thanks Lauren!! This phone truly is a beast! I cannot believe the features, battery and the camera!

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