LG’s latest flagship device, the LG G5 gives users, according to the firm, the opportunity to fully experience the joy of photography.
While LG has provided 13 Ways to take better photos with the LG G5 Smartphone, below… IT News Africa’s Online Editor, Darryl Linington, decided to take the LG G5 on his travel’s in order to showcase the quality of the images produced by the device.
Darryl Linington explains that: “The LG G5, for a smartphone, has a phenomenal camera. Whether you are a novice photographer, or an expert who has invested in a DSLR, you will find that the LG G5 is a breeze to use as well as packs in some powerful features.”
He adds that: “While travelling, I tend to pack everything… especially when it comes to photography equipment. With the LG G5 being the size that it is, I found it easier to slide it in my pocket, rather than carrying my entire photography kit around… just to do a bit of travel photography. What’s great about the device is it is not an overly large device, which means you won’t feel it weighing down your pants via your pocket, or placing tremendous amounts of strain on your back… especially if your kit resides in a backpack like mine does.”
He adds that: “While using the device, I was able to pull off some rather creative, funky, and inspiring photographs whilst visiting New York, Arizona, The Hoover Dam, The Grand Canyon, and Las Vegas.”
These photographs, along with the rather useful set of tips below from LG, can be found below.
1. Accessing the manual mode: One of the best ways to start capturing those significant moments with the LG G5 is by accessing the manual mode. To access the manual mode, you’ll have to tap the 3-dot icon at the top-left of the screen, which brings up the three main modes: Simple, Auto and Manual.
The manual mode allows you to control the white balance, focus, exposure, ISO, shutter speed and AE-L. The white balance allows you as the user to alter the colour tone, compensating for unnatural lighting or to create skewed colour effects.
The purpose of the ISO is that it determines the sensitivity of the sensor. When choosing darker environments to take pictures, you will need to use a higher setting. The AE-L, locks the exposure, letting you use the light level as a creative effect, making shots either much brighter or darker than the G5 would normally use.
2. How to use manual mode to get noise free shots
All you’ll have to do is set the ISO to 200 (it goes down to ISO 50), then use the shutter speed control to see how slow you need to go for low-noise results. The benefit of using the G5 is that it has optical image stabilisation (OIS), you can make the shutter go fairly slow and still get sharp photos.
3. Shooting RAWs
RAW files are what you get when you take the ‘raw’ information from a camera sensor, before reducing the noise level and smoothing things out. Using RAWs allows you to do your own processing, often ending up with a finer detailed image.
The G5 allows you to shoot RAWs by simply accessing the manual mode and tapping the second icon from the bottom of the screen, over on the left column. This will allow for the shooting of RAW and JPEG files, rather than just JPEGs. RAWs come out as a file known as DNG (Digital NeGative file).
4. Using the second camera as “zoom out”
The G5 has dual cameras (16 MP f1.8 main camera has 78-degree angle view and the 8MP additional camera captures a 135-degree super wide-angle image) to take your digital photograph to the next level. It has a new, unique feature like pop – out photo, capturing more with the zoom out.
In the camera app, you can switch between lenses via a button, and when using the digital zoom the camera switches seamlessly between the two modules. The autofocus is assisted by a laser that measures the subject distance.
5. Use the main camera for the best image quality
The 16MP wide-angle camera of the LG G5 gives users a fish-eye effect in every shot. What it means for the users is that the camera allows you to fit much more of the scene into a single photo. Much like Darryl Linington’s photography on Downtown Las Vegas featured above.
6. Changing photo and video resolution
Should users want to play with different size images for that perfect selfie, they can switch to 4:3 or 1:1 images by tapping on the cog icon at the bottom-left of the screen and selecting the top option in the menu that pops up.
As well as changing the shape of photos, they can also alter the video resolution. The G5 normally shoots 1080p video users can level-up to UHD (the exact resolution of ‘4K video’).
7. Video stabilisation
For that perfect steady shot, users can find the option for video stabilization near the bottom of the camera settings menu, which you access by tapping the cog icon. Tapping on this flicks between SteadyShot stabilisation and OIS, if you’re using the standard camera lens in Auto mode.
The former is what most phones use, a digital enhancer that uses the edges of the frame as a buffer to smooth-out any movements. This leaves you with a slightly more ‘zoomed-in’ view than you get when taking photos. That’s one reason why you might use OIS instead, which uses the little camera stabilisation motor to keep your footage smooth.
8. Simple mode is great for simple photography
Simple mode is found by tapping the 3-dot icon at the top-left of the camera app. Simple mode takes away almost all custom features you get with the other options. All you do is tap on the object on which you want to focus and the LG G5 camera app both focuses and takes a shot as quickly as possible.
9. Shortcut key for instant photos
In the main phone Settings menu, go to the General tab and then select Shortcut key. In here you’ll see a flick switch for Quick Shot. Make sure it’s switched on. This lets you press the volume down button twice quickly when the phone is off to fire-up the camera and take a photo.
10. Timelapse + wide-angle camera = cool movies
The G5 has several ‘creative’ modes in its camera app and Time Lapse is one of the more interesting ones. This shoots video, but at 1/15 the normal speed. That means it takes two frames a second rather than the usual 30.
Use this with the wide-angle camera and you’ll get footage that resembles some of the stuff GoPros are used for in action sport footage.
11. Use the grid display for landscape photography
The G5 has a grid option to stop those uneven photos and help you align or center pictures properly. What it means for the user is that you get another reference point of where to line-up the horizon, as well as helping you work out what you want the focus of the picture/image/photo to be.
You’ll find Grid at the very bottom of the camera app Settings menu, accessed by tapping on the cog icon.
12. Use 30sec exposure to make something special
The G5 can keep its shutter open for up to 30 seconds. What it means for the user is that it merges all the light information from that half-minute stint into a single image.
What one can do while using the 30sec long-exposure photography is shoot a road where car lights turn into streaming neon lines, and create noise-free night shots that almost look like daylight photos.
13. 360 Cam
The G5 is the only Android smartphone on the market that comes with a series of module accessories (Friends)… One of the more notable devices, in particular, is the 360 Cam.
The LG 360 CAM provides 2K video and 5.1 surround channel recording on three microphones to help users effortlessly create high-quality 360-degree contents. Having secured a partnership with Google, images taken with the 360 CAM can be uploaded to Google Street View and YouTube360, adding the fun of sharing creative content with others.