Take great pics at sporting events

Updated December 31, 9999

The football gliding through the goalposts, the penalty kick, the spike, the set, the game-winning run—that’s the action you want to remember, and yet, it’s been tough to catch in the past. Not anymore. The Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge help you easily capture action shots and videos so you can see instant replays to your heart’s content. Here’s how.

Try quick launch

Whether it’s your favorite player stealing second, or your kid dribbling through defenders on her first breakaway, the moment tends to pass before you have time to take a photo. But with the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, you can open the camera app in less than a second by double tapping the home button, even if the screen is off or locked. Good news: this setting is enabled by default. But just in case it’s not working, make sure that the feature is enabled: Camera App > Settings > Turn On Quick Launch.

Use tracking auto focus

Unlike the action shots you’ve taken in the past, which may have been blurry and out of focus, the ones you’ll take with Tracking Auto Focus will come out clear. How does it work? First, open the camera app, then tap settings and slide the Tracking AF button to the On position. In the preview window, tap the object on which you’d like to focus, then tap the shutter button to take a photo, or tap the recording button to take a video. Your Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge will automatically track motion and adjust the focus.

Play with pro mode

For more control over your shot—be it ISO or the amount of light the sensor captures, Pro Mode makes it simple and easy. Once your Camera app is open, all you need to do is tap Mode and the Pro Mode icon. Play around with the different levels and you’ll be able to see adjustments to your photo in real time. After a bit of fine-tuning, you’ll probably surprise yourself—maybe Pro Mode will inspire you to start up a side gig as a pro sports photographer. Dream big.

Shoot in burst mode

Burst Mode can take up to 100 rapid-fire images, which means: by the end of the game, you could end up with a flip book of photos. And since every split second is captured, you can also choose the best shot in the bunch. To use it, open the camera app like you’re going to take a photo, then, instead of tapping the shutter button, press and hold it for as long as you please.

Check out motion photo

What do you get when you cross a video with a photo? A cool, stylized take on a goalie’s big save. See for yourself by opening your camera app, tapping Settings, then sliding the Motion Photo button to the On position.

Use the volume key

How do you take a ballpark selfie when one hand’s holding the camera and the other is balancing two soft pretzels and a cotton candy? Simple. Once the camera app is open, you can use the volume key on the Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge to take pictures. And here’s a lesser-known fact, those same keys can be programmed in two other ways: one to record video, and the other to zoom in and out. To reconfigure the default setting, go to Camera App > Settings > Volume keys function. From there, make your choice and rev up that sporty-selfie game.

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