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Browse a gallery of inspirational photos and videos and click to get the surprisingly simple steps that allow you to make your own.

  • Learn how to capture a stunning shadow using a detailed glass and Dual Aperture

    The Sun Downer

    Dual Aperture: Bright Light

  • Learn how to get the refraction effect with colourful glasses and Dual Aperture

    The Sundial

    Dual Aperture: Bright Light

  • Learn how to shoot a dramatic still life with your favorite drink and Dual Aperture

    The Refresher

    Dual Aperture: Bright Light

  • Learn how to snap a shot like you’re on a cliff with Scene Optimiser’s Sunset mode

    The Edge of the World

    Scene Optimiser: Sunset

  • Learn how to take a selfie that doesn’t look like one with S Pen’s Bluetooth trigger

    The Sun-Kissed Silhouette

    S Pen: Bluetooth Trigger

  • Learn how to capture the Magic Hour Effect with a tripod and Auto Mode

    The Solstice

    Auto Mode

  • Learn how to point your camera skyward to find beauty between the buildings with Auto Mode

    The Metropolis

    Auto Mode: Focus

  • Learn how to take a shot that makes your city look totally new using Auto Mode

    The Underbelly

    Auto Exposure Lock

  • Learn how to shoot with a new perspective using Auto Mode

    The Upshot

    Auto Mode: Focus

  • Learn how to shoot a stunningly framed selfie with S Pen’s Bluetooth trigger

    The Inception

    S Pen: Bluetooth Trigger

  • Learn how to frame your friend in a new way with Auto Mode

    Tunnel Vision

    Auto Exposure Lock

  • Learn how to turn an interesting structure into a beautiful frame with Auto Mode

    The Structure

    Auto Exposure Lock

  • Learn how to make photos that stand out, even if you’re sitting, with S Pen’s Bluetooth trigger

    The Vertigo

    S Pen: Bluetooth Trigger

  • Learn how to shoot a new kind of mirror selfie with S Pen’s Bluetooth trigger

    The Magic Portal

    S Pen: Bluetooth Trigger

  • Learn how to take a shot that defies gravity with Burst Shot

    The Levitation

    Auto Mode: Burst Shot

  • Learn how to take a photo that emphasizes the beauty of trees with Scene Optimiser’s Tree mode

    The Idyll

    Scene Optimiser: Tree

  • Learn how to make your food photos look truly mouthwatering with Scene Optimiser’s Food mode

    The Feast

    Scene Optimiser: Food

  • Learn how to make the petals pop in your flower photos with Scene Optimiser’s Flower mode

    The Bouquet

    Scene Optimiser: Flower

  • Learn how to turn your body into a canvas for shadows with Auto Mode

    Shadow Stripes

    Dual Aperture: Low Light

  • Learn how to make your shadow the subject of a selfie with S Pen’s Bluetooth trigger

    The Accordion

    S Pen: Bluetooth Trigger

  • Learn how to turn an interesting structure into a beautiful frame with Auto Mode

    The Light Tattoo

    Auto Exposure Lock

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  • A black and white illustration by Mr. Doodle that resembles a face

    Mr.Doodle's design

  • A colored-in version of Mr. Doodle’s face-like design by @SheenaNoelle

    @SheenaNoelle

  • A colored-in version of Mr. Doodle’s face-like design against a blue background, by @jamkkanman100

    @jamkkanman100

  • A black and white illustration by Mr. Doodle that resembles a bunny

    Mr.Doodle's design

  • A colored-in version of Mr. Doodle’s bunny-like design against a blue background, by @Alan

    @Alan

  • A colored-in version of Mr. Doodle’s bunny-like design by @AleeArtist

    @AleeArtist

  • A black and white illustration by Mr. Doodle that resembles a spaceship with things falling out the bottom

    Mr.Doodle's design

  • A colored-in version of Mr. Doodle’s spaceship-like design against a black background, by @MarcoRocha

    @MarcoRocha

  • A colored-in version of Mr. Doodle’s spaceship-like design against a red background, by @Tommy420247

    @Tommy420247

  • A black and white illustration by Mr. Doodle that resembles a person with a hand

    Mr.Doodle's design

  • A colored-in version of Mr. Doodle’s person-like design by @Eric

    @Eric

  • A colored-in version of Mr. Doodle’s person-like design against a black background, by @trigger01

    @trigger01

  • A black and white illustration by Mr. Doodle that resembles a buck-toothed pig

    Mr.Doodle's design

  • A colored-in version of Mr. Doodle’s pig-like design by @BlackUnicorn

    @BlackUnicorn

  • A colored-in version of Mr. Doodle’s pig-like design by @justcallhoward

    @justcallhoward

  • A photo taken by Galaxy Note9 of a cut crystal glass containing a pink liquid, and a hand extended to grab the glass, all casting shadows on a white surface

    The Sun Downer

    Mix your favorite drink and take it to a sunny spot. The more detailed the glass, the better. Tilt your glass to cast an intricate shadow.

    Then set your camera on Pro Mode, tap the aperture icon and make sure it’s on f2.4. Then drag the shutter speed left or right, tap the screen to focus on the glass, and take the shot.

  • A photo taken by Galaxy Note9 of blue glasses surrounded by lemons, casting shadows on the table

    The Sundial

    Pour yourself a drink in a colorful glass and take it outside on a bright day. Then arrange it in the sun so it casts a dramatic shadow.

    In Pro Mode, tap the aperture icon and make sure it’s on f2.4. Then drag the shutter speed left or right, tap the screen to focus on the glass, and take the shot.

  • A photo taken by Galaxy Note9 of blue glasses surrounded by lemons, casting shadows on the table

    The Refresher

    Pour your drink of choice and take it somewhere sunny. Then position the glass so it casts a unique shadow. Switch your camera to Pro Mode, tap the aperture icon, and set it to f2.4. Then drag the shutter speed left or right, and take the shot.

    Play around with the composition by adding more glasses and objects to the setting.

  • A photo taken by Galaxy Note9 of two pairs of feet peeking out from under a blanket in the sunset, appearing to hang off a cliff

    The Edge of the World

    Face a beautiful landscape, sit on the ground, and stretch out your legs. Hold your Galaxy Note9 at a low angle, select Auto Mode, and tap your feet. Then wait for the sunset icon to appear and take the shot.

    To make your photo even more interesting, add some props to the foreground, like a blanket or a book.

  • A photo taken by Galaxy Note9 of two people standing in a field behind a blanket with their shadows illuminated by the sun behind them

    The Sun-Kissed Silhouette

    Have your partner stand in front of the sunset while holding a blanket over their body. As they do, place your Galaxy Note9 on a tripod or stable surface facing them, select Pro Mode, and set the aperture to f2.4. Then join them, pose, and click the Bluetooth Trigger on your S Pen to take a selfie from afar.

  • A photo taken by Galaxy Note9 of trees overlooking a body of water and the sun peeking from behind during sunset

    The Solstice

    Go to your favorite spot at magic hour–the part of dawn or dusk when the sun’s the most red. Use a tripod or a stable surface to prop up your phone, set your camera to Auto Mode, and tap the sun once it hits the trees. Then take your photo.

    Feel free to experiment with your shot by showing more ground or sky.

  • A photo taken by Galaxy Note9 looking skywards between two glass buildings, shown at an extreme angle, with a bird flying by

    The Metropolis

    Stand between two buildings and aim your camera upward. Align your shot by tapping the gear icon at the top right corner and choosing Grid lines > 3x3.

    Then hold your finger on the base of one building to lock the exposure, and take your shot.

  • A photo taken by Galaxy Note9 of city buildings, with the dark underside of a bridge cutting through the center of the photo

    The Underbelly

    Walk under a long bridge and stand facing the other side. Then tilt your camera up so that the bridge feels like it’s connected to the top of the frame.

    Put your camera on Auto Mode, tap the underside of the bridge to expose the detail, and then take your shot.

  • A photo taken by Galaxy Note9 looking upwards, with a colorful ferris wheel against a cloudless blue sky

    The Upshot

    First, go under a structure and look up for a different perspective. A ferris wheel will do. Then put your phone on Auto Mode, use the sky to frame your subject, tap on it to focus, and take the shot.

  • A photo taken by Galaxy Note9 of a woman in a white dress standing out on a balcony, framed by white doors

    The Inception

    Place your Galaxy Note9 on a tripod or stable surface, and point it at a window with a view. Drag the brightness scale left or right to darken or lighten the scene. Then, lock the focus on the railing, walk into the picture, and click the Bluetooth Trigger on your S Pen to take the photo.

  • A photo taken by Galaxy Note9 of a man wearing sunglasses, seen through a round tube

    Tunnel Vision

    Get a friend to stand in front of a large, hollow object. Then line up a shot on the other side so they’re in the middle of the frame. Lock the focus on your subject by holding your finger on the screen for one second, and take the shot.

  • A photo taken by Galaxy Note9 of a woman wearing a long dress, standing in a blue and red gazebo surrounded by greenery

    The Structure

    Find an interesting object or structure somewhere? Try turning it into a frame.

    First, look around to see what you can frame up, and position your subject matter squarely in the middle of your frame. While on Auto Mode, hold your thumb on your subject until the the AF/AE Lock circle appears. Then take your shot.

  • A photo taken by Galaxy Note9 of a woman wearing all black, sitting in a red chair that appears to be standing on the wall

    The Vertigo

    Set up two chairs in a room: one right-side-up, and another with its legs facing a wall. Next, put your Galaxy Note9 on a tripod or stable surface, aim it at the scene, and sit in the upright chair in a pose that looks like you’re falling.

    Then take your photo by clicking the Bluetooth Trigger on your S Pen. In your Gallery, spin the photo 90° by tapping Photo Editor Pro > Transform > Rotate.

  • A photo taken by Galaxy Note9 of a person wearing a black hat, reflected in a mirror that’s sitting on stones

    The Magic Portal

    Bring a mirror outside and place it in the grass. It could be a small travel mirror, or one of any shape or size.

    Then set your Galaxy Note9 down, angle it at the mirror, and stand in the reflected spot. With your hands behind your back, click the Bluetooth Trigger on your S Pen to take the shot.

  • A photo taken by Galaxy Note9 of a man wearing a red shirt, standing against a red wall, throwing a blue paper cup with black lid into the air

    The Levitation

    Grab a friend and a lightweight object, like a tennis ball or an empty cup with a lid.

    Set your camera to Auto Mode and take a Burst Shot while your friend throws the object into the air. Do this by pressing and holding the shoot button. Then pick out the image in your Gallery where the object is at its peak.

  • A photo taken by Galaxy Note9 of a tree against a cloudless blue sky, sprouting out from a green field

    The Idyll

    Find a unique tree worth capturing? Then put your Galaxy Note9 on Auto Mode, frame the tree in the center of your camera, let the tree icon appear, and shoot.

    The Note9 recognizes trees automatically to take nature to a whole new level.

  • A photo taken by Galaxy Note9 of a blue bowl containing a green smoothie and red-toned fruits

    The Feast

    Serve a unique meal in a simple dish. Make sure there’s contrast between the food, the plate, and the table. Then hold your Galaxy Note9 above it, put it on Auto Mode, let the food icon appear, and shoot.

    The Note9 recognizes food automatically and optimizes it to enhance the presentation.

  • A photo taken by Galaxy Note9 of a bouquet of red, white, pink, and blue flowers against a grey surface, with petals scattered around

    The Bouquet

    Arrange a bouquet of flowers on a table so they take up at least ¼ of the frame. Then select Auto Mode, wait until the flower icon appears, and shoot.

    The Galaxy Note9 recognizes flowers automatically and optimizes them for brilliant shots.

  • A photo taken by Galaxy Note9 of a woman wearing a striped shirt and covered in striped shadows

    Shadow Stripes

    At night, go inside a room that’s close to a streetlight. Position a friend in front of the blinds, and open and close them so harsh shadows appear.

    Select Pro Mode, set your aperture to f1.5, and drag the shutter speed to create sharp shadows. Then shoot.

  • A photo taken by Galaxy Note9 of blue stairs with a human shadow cast on them

    The Accordion

    Find a staircase or bleachers on a sunny day, and set your Galaxy Note9 on a stable surface or tripod. Then stand in a way that casts your shadow onto the steps and experiment with different poses. As you do, click the Bluetooth Trigger on your S Pen to take your picture.

  • A photo taken by Galaxy Note9 of a man wearing a white shirt, laying on white sheets, with a lace shadow pattern cast on him

    The Light Tattoo

    Go into a sunny room with lace curtains. Position a friend in front of the sun and move the curtains so a light tattoo forms on them. Then tap the brightest part of the picture to create stark shadows, and take the shot.