Photography

Virtual Travel Guide:
Discover the Unseen #withGalaxy

Bring nature’s fleeting moments into focus with these tips from Discovery photographer Michael Block.

A rearview angle of Michael Block, kneeling on a rock, positioning a Galaxy S20 Ultra on a tripod at Grand Teton National Park. In front of him, there is a woman in a canoe on the water in front of tree-lined mountains. A rearview angle of Michael Block, kneeling on a rock, positioning a Galaxy S20 Ultra on a tripod at Grand Teton National Park. In front of him, there is a woman in a canoe on the water in front of tree-lined mountains.

As overseas travel has been largely grounded, your wanderlust may feel like it’s hit an all-time high. But take heart: You don’t have to stray far to experience uncharted territories. Buckle up as we take you on a virtual journey with one of Discovery’s leading photographers to reveal nature’s most unexpected moments #withGalaxy. And learn how you can capture hidden wonders from right where you are. 

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A woman in a white canoe, paddling on the water in Grand Teton National Park. There are mountains in the background covered in a multitude of pine trees that are reflected on the water. A woman in a white canoe, paddling on the water in Grand Teton National Park. There are mountains in the background covered in a multitude of pine trees that are reflected on the water.
A woman and man look on in excitement as a person makes a splash inside of a pool A woman and man look on in excitement as a person makes a splash inside of a pool
How to Use
8K Video Snap

Turn a video into breathtaking stills

Why snap on repeat when you can just hit record? 8K Video Snap turns every frame into a crisp 33MP still, which, Michael says, is “awesome for capturing details and perspectives that would have been otherwise impossible” in landscape photography.

A nighttime sky filled with stars and a view of the Milky Way. There are a bunch of pine trees surrounding the shot. A nighttime sky filled with stars and a view of the Milky Way. There are a bunch of pine trees surrounding the shot.

Discover a galaxy of possibilities

Thanks to the Galaxy S20’s large image sensors and AI, Michael can achieve clearer nighttime shots in the dark without flash. “Astrophotography with a smartphone is something I thought we were years away from,” Michael says. His pro tip? Set your phone up on a tripod and turn on Pro Mode or Night Mode for best results: “The Milky Way was so vibrant when I got the Pro Mode and Night Mode going.”

A small body of water surrounded by pine trees and greenery. There are snow-capped mountains in the distance. A small body of water surrounded by pine trees and greenery. There are snow-capped mountains in the distance.

Shoot, shoot, shoot

So, how can you capture unique, next-level perspectives in the wild like Michael? According to him, practice makes perfect: “You shoot constantly and pull the diamonds from the rough.”

Capture the magic from a distance

See the world through a new lens with phones like the Galaxy S20.

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