How To Take Better Pictures With The Samsung Galaxy S3 (Part 2)

Lemon Honey Soda Can Be Sublime

Lemon Soda Can Be Sublime. Back-lit with single ML240 light panel from bottom.
Samsung Galaxy S III, ISO 100, f 2.6, 1/465 sec with -1.5 stop compensation

In Part 2 of this series, we’ll cover food, glorious food. Since your Galaxy S III will be next to you most of the time, you will probably use it when you come across an interesting dish or drink. Whether you a blogger, foodie or a compulsive Facebook poster, here are some alternative methods to get better pics out of your phone cam.

Secret Recipe's Moist Choclate Mud Cake

Secret Recipe’s Chocolate Mud Cake. Using the GS3′s built-in LED light as fill light.
Samsung Galaxy S III, ISO 100, f 2.6, 1/100 sec with +0.5 stop compensation

The best light is natural light. If you can, find a table near the window during the day. Directional light always makes food look good. If you are dining out at night, the Galaxy S 3 has a sufficiently bright LED ‘flash’. The LED light is also good for fill light against a brighter background in the day. But the biggest limitation of a built-in flash is that it is always positioned near the lens. This makes the lighted scene look flat. Since I can’t move or remove it, I carry a couple of tiny external LED lights in my bag.

Lammeya's Chee Cheong Fun with Sesame Seeds

Lammeya’s Chee Cheong Fun with Sesame Seeds lit from side with LitePanel’s Micro.
The ML-240 was used to rim the back of the plate very subtly with its level control.
Samsung Galaxy S III, ISO 100, f 2.6, 1/17 sec

With the pair, I can shape and style the dish without touching the food. The lights, when properly angled, can make the food “pop” visually. The idea is to create a window light source, even when there is none or where the restaurant is very dark. Whichever method you choose, remember you are at a restaurant. You are not in a studio, so avoid styling the food itself. Style the light instead. Get it done fast and do not hold up your dining partners for too long. Bon Appétit!

Edible Contradiction: Lameeya's Healthy Fried Tofu

Edible Contradiction: Lameeya’s Healthy Fried Tofu. ML240 used as angled top light to bring out the texture of the fried bean curd.
Samsung Galaxy S III, ISO 100, f 2.6, 1/15 sec with -1 stop compensation 

Dashing Duo: Litepanel LP-Micro and Manfrotto Mini-24 (ML240)

Dashing Duo: American Litepanel LP-Micro and Italian Manfrotto Mini-24 (ML240). You can see how tiny both these self-contained lights are. Both have variable output and have precision calibrated colour temperature, handy for video or stills tabletop work on any location.
Olympus OM-D EM-5, ISO 200, f 1.4, 1/160 sec

See also Part 1. Look out for PART 3.

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5 thoughts on “How To Take Better Pictures With The Samsung Galaxy S3 (Part 2)

  1. hey there, i tried what you said but it doesn’t seems to work especially indoor, i think my house’s light is really bright but when i set the ISO to 100 it looks overly dull… and the pictures taken are often with lots of noise and looks greyish compare to galaxy note, how do you set the shutter speed or apperture? i dont see any option there

  2. Hi,
    I have a problem with flash photos taken with the S3, they are often much too blue. Why is this and how could I best correct it.

    • change the white balance. Auto makes it very blue when using flash.. daylight and cloudy are good choices. try it! youll be pleased.

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