Photography

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Sky Photography

Inspiration for how to shoot skies and sunset pictures your own unique way.

Sky photography of a ferris wheel, a view from below of skylight, and a girl meditating outside of a temple in Indonesia at sunset Sky photography of a ferris wheel, a view from below of skylight, and a girl meditating outside of a temple in Indonesia at sunset

We all live under the same sky, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at all the different ways you can photograph it. For our City Skies #withGalaxy challenge, we want to see your city sky, your way. Here’s some inspiration and tips for how to take pictures of the sky, from how to photograph sunsets to using architecture to your advantage.

New York City skyline is superb for sunset pictures New York City skyline is superb for sunset pictures
Back of a prism white Galaxy S10 phone showing its 5 lenses, with a black Galaxy S10 phone on top Back of a prism white Galaxy S10 phone showing its 5 lenses, with a black Galaxy S10 phone on top
Go Wide
To capture more sky in your sunset, use the Ultra Wide Camera on the Galaxy S10+—just one of its five lenses.
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Sunset pictures that stand out

The sun might get all the glory, but clouds are the real stars in an epic sunset shot. You can predict a good sunset by paying attention to cloud conditions during the day. If the clouds look promising and wind is light, chances are those same cloud patterns will stick around to make way for Instagram-worthy pink and red hues. Come sundown, find a high vantage point and take your best shot, then play with white balance in Pro Mode to get the exact colors you want.

Sharp lines help accent sky photography in London & New York City Sharp lines help accent sky photography in London & New York City
TIP
Go low (lay down if you have to) to turn the world upside down and get a sky shot that stands out.
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The advantage of architecture

Buildings can become playful design elements in sky photography. They not only provide a subject for you to focus on, but they also add interesting shapes and textures, especially against boring (but beautiful!) clear blue skies. Courtyards can frame the sky in an unusual way, and the edge of a skyscraper against the sky can create a graphic pattern that jumps off the screen.

Creating dimension with reflections in unique surfaces in Orlando, Florida and Seoul, Korea Creating dimension with reflections in unique surfaces in Orlando, Florida and Seoul, Korea
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Reflections and dimensions

Sometimes the sky isn’t just above us — it’s all around us. Reflective surfaces add more dimension to otherwise straightforward sky pics, so keep your eyes open while scouting your city. The surface could be water, windows, a sculpture, the side mirror on a car, or even a puddle.

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The secret to pro-level sky pics

You don’t need special gear to take great shots. With truly intelligent multi-lens cameras, the Galaxy S10 series will make your hidden talents shine.*

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