Galaxy S6 Edge & Galaxy S6 Go 360: When to Use Virtual Shot

The new Virtual Shot mode on the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge and S6 is a fascinating way to capture a whole series of moments in 360 degrees.

To get started, tap the Camera's "Mode" button and select "Virtual Shot." Frame any object in the middle of the screen, like a chair, a houseplant or a dog who has learned to sit, and tap the "Camera" icon. Walk around the object while keeping it centered on the screen.

When the camera reports that it's finished processing, tap the image "Thumbnail" and tap the "Virtual Shot" icon. When you tilt the camera left or right, the virtual shot rotates all around the image.

Seriously, how cool is that? When you're ready to try again, here are some suggestions to use Virtual Shot instead of taking a flat picture.

When Your Work Isn't Flat

Anything with more than one surface is probably a good candidate for a Virtual Shot. Think of it this way:

Oil paintings, macaroni art, or anything that can be hung on a fridge door can be captured with a flat shot.

Sculptures, wedding cakes, bonsai trees, figurines and freshly washed cars that are perfectly parallel-parked may be better captured for posterity with a virtual shot.

When the World Isn't Flat

Instead of rotating around an object, try using Virtual Shot while you take a selfie and rotate yourself and the camera 360 degrees. Virtual shot is great for recording everything around you, like when you've ascended Mount Washington, or climbed to the top of that really tall play structure at your kid's park.

When Your Party Isn't Flat

When you find yourself in the middle of a happy crowd, like at a party or a stadium event, try using Virtual Shot to capture all the excitement. Rotate around yourself as a selfie, or have a friend pose as you rotate around him. When you play back the shot, you'll see everyone who was around by tilting the phone.*

  • Don't be too surprised if most of them have stopped what they're doing to gawk at your super-cool phone.

When Your Hair Isn't Flat

Whenever you're looking your best—not that "Monday morning" best, but a "going to the ball" kind of best—you'll notice that people want you to turn around so they can get the whole picture. When this happens, launch the camera on your Galaxy S6 edge or Galaxy S6 and ask that person to take a virtual shot of you.

Feel free to move and even stick out your tongue while your virtual shot is being captured.

When your Enthusiasm Is, Well, Just a Little Flat

Virtual Shot is useful for documenting nearly anything in three dimensions. So what, if the kids woke up early and made their own pancakes—all over the kitchen floor. Maybe your friends don't believe that you literally have a two-foot stack of paper on your desk to process before you can go home.

Try to find some humor in the situation and express your lack of enthusiasm with a Virtual Shot. Maybe by the time you go full-circle, your mood may have gone full-circle as well. Okay, maybe not, but at least your friends will get a laugh.

Photo Credits: John Chapple/Demand Media

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