Nature Photography with the Galaxy S5

If you own the Galaxy S5 you’re holding a great camera phone for photography.

In this blog post, I’m going to show you some cool tips and tricks and some Android apps that will help you capture and edit your photos like the pros.


First, let me tell you why I chose the Galaxy S5’s camera as my main shooter for nature photography. If you’ve followed me on Facebook, you might have heard I was shot back in February. It left me with severe nerve damage in my left arm, making it nearly impossible to use my DSLR anymore. So, with only one hand to work with, I needed something light and decent enough to continue taking photos. That’s where the Galaxy S5’s 16 megapixel camera seemed like a good choice, even though I rarely shoot at that resolution. It allows me to touch the screen with one hand to focus and take photographs.


The Galaxy S5 does come with its short comings. For starters, forget about capturing anything with great detail, from a distance. A decent DSLR would have little issues. Zooming into objects distorts photos greatly. Capturing photographs of birds can be quite a challenge, since one must be far enough from it to avoid it from flying away. Taking pictures of dangerous animals can be hazardous at the distance needed for a decent shot.

Moving objects can be challenging but surprisingly the GS5 does quite well at it, but again, moving objects at a distance don’t do as well as those closer.

The bottom line, if you need a decent shooter to replace your DSLR for something light and versatile, then the Galaxy S5 is a great choice. Also, when you need to capture photos with great detail and resolutions, like a DSLR.

One thing you need to master as a nature photographer with this phone is moving slowly toward your subjects. Wild animals can be startled easily. So, moving in a non-threatening manner is a must. Learn to move like a ninja, with great silence.

The default camera app is great but lacks many options that you would find on your traditional DSLR, like exposure compensation. That can be easily fixed by downloading apps like DSLR Camera Pro, Camera FV-5, Camera Zoom FX. Some apps may be free but most require purchase, but if you’re serious about your photography like I am, it’s a must purchase. For the functionality, the prices are quite reasonable.

Every app has an auto mode for things like exposure, but if you want the best detail in certain environments, it’s best to go manual. So, don’t forget to go into the camera app’s settings and change those important options to your liking. Remember, there’s no one settings setup that will get you great results. Spend some time working with your settings to get the best picture possible.


The better the lighting environment, the less editing will be required before uploading to your audience. You can always adjust your ISO, Tempature, Shutter Speed settings, but natural light is the way to go.



I love my Galaxy S5 for nature photography and I believe so will you. I’m Rafael DeArmas/Nature Photographer, don’t forget to follow me on Facebook.

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