Photography Tips and Samsung Galaxy Studio #TheNextBigThing

by superexhausted on December 12, 2013

photo Tips Photography Tips:   Yesterday I attended the Samsung TheNextBigThing event at Samsung Galaxy Studio Soho NYC Pop up shop.  It was a great event we were able to check out the new products that Samsung has available this holiday season.   Check out the video at the end of my post for Samsung PopUp Shop experience. During the event we got to listen to National Geographic Photographer Ira Block.  Ira has been using and taking some amazing photography with the Samsung S4 Zoom, which he used during his presentation.  He was also gracious enough to share his tips for getting those amazing pictures.   Ira said it is all about the “moments” you capture that make the shot beautiful.   I really want to focus on this more in my own photography so I am taking many of his tips to heart.

Ira block

Ira Block’s  Photography  Tips for getting that Great Photography:


 General Photo Tips :

  • Have a camera.. a Phone /Camera like the S4 is a great option
  • Don’t look at pictures while taking photos .. just shoot.. if you look you might miss the moment  missing moments.
  • Many angles
  • Don’t point and shoot .. think about the  shot and decide where to shoot
  • Choosing Moment capture
  • Composition
  • Really Interesting light
  • Take Many photos do not look while you are shooting.. dont be afraid to take 20-30 shots  (my tip if camera is set up correctly.. make sure exposure is not messed up prior to shooting )

Travel Photography Tips:


  • Fore ground to give dimension.. so remember to focus on one point.. if you have no fore ground the picture will no have the details you want.
  • Put people in your architecture shots,  it add an interest and a moment in time reference.
  • Do buy a flexible small tripod that you can throw in a bag to stead a shot when needed

Portraits Photography Tips:


  • Don’t take a direct sun
  • Do backlight-  turn on a light behind the subject
  • Look at background.. make sure it does not distract from photo
  • Think background first and then the person
  • Shadows are good they make people look 3 dimensional and less flat,  so avoid direct light shots and take from angles
  • Consider an Portable LED Light.. to add extra light to a portrait. Get one that is in the $100 range
  • Props are great for kids because it keeps them focused .. not every shot requires direct eye contact.
  • When taking large groups.. take many shots.. hen you can choose the best

Holiday Light Photography:


  • Turn on the lights do not take pictures in complete darkness

Get the kids involved in Photography:


  • Give ten kids a project.. like go take pictures of  mailboxes.. for fall leaves
  • Do give your old kids a camera and start to teach them about composition and what make a good picture.

Thanks to Ira for teaching us his basics.  Check Out Ira Block’s instagram account and Ira Block’s website.

While at the Pop Shop we also heard Chef  Justin Warner,  that is he and I below.   You might recognize him from The Next Food Networks Star..  he won his season and  he has great hair.  Justin talked about the Galaxy Note and how it makes life easier as a chef.   I loved learning about the new products at Samsung. Sherry Aikens and Justin Warner   They seem like a great option for a photo and camera combo. I was able to take a few moments to experience the Samsung S4 Zoom .   I cant speak to a full review on the quality but I found it easy to find the functions and it has some cool features.  Like a voice activated picture function.

S4zoom Features

  • 16 megapixel
  • Real 10x zoom
  • Manual mode
  • Creative smart modes like:  kid mode galaxy note

Galaxy note

  • 13 pixel
  • touch focus

Samsung Galaxy Studio The Samsung Galaxy Studio is really fun place to  visit and experience the Samsung  Galaxy Products.  When you enter, the shop pick up a card from the Conceriage desk.  Then have it scanned at each station for points .. then when you leave redeem the points for a gift from Samsung.  Stations Include:

  • Coffee and Sprinkles cupcake station you order on tablets and they make it for you.
  • Cafe : They also have different custom food experiences every day.  Justin Warner was Making Gourmet French fries the day I visited, yummy truffle fries.
  • Design Station: Also you can create in the Design Studio area.. I made an ornament,  but I could have made a tee shirt.
  • Entertainment Area.. was a chill out lounge,  where visitors learned about controlling your TV from a Samsung Phone,  which I thought was cool because my daughter always looses the remote.
  • Accessory station/lounge where they would show you how to style jewelry and accessory so they look great with the Samsung – Galaxy Gear Smart Watch for Galaxy Note . The accessory were from

Watch my video for a view on inside the Samsung Galaxy Studio.

The Shop is only open til Dec 31, 2013 and is located on 130 Prince Street Soho NYC samsung galaxy studio

 Disclosure:  I received a very nice lunch during the event and I made an ornament.  The opinions in this post are my own.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Stephanie December 12, 2013 at 9:57 am

I have had my S4 for about a month now… LOVE it! Still figuring out the camera but it’s been great!


Heather December 12, 2013 at 10:47 am

Great tips!!! I need more help with my portraits!


superexhausted December 12, 2013 at 9:48 pm

Thanks for stopping by and have a great time improving those pictures.


Carrie @ Chockababy December 12, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Thanks so much for the tips! I want to be better at photographing my family!


superexhausted December 12, 2013 at 9:43 pm

Carrie- Have a great time taking those pictures this holiday season


Alison Shaffer December 12, 2013 at 2:48 pm

great tips for taking photos. I am not good at taking photos. they always seem dull. interesting that shadows are ok and to use a light behind you.
looks like a fun day in NYC and great time of the year to visit there.


superexhausted December 12, 2013 at 9:41 pm

Ira Block was so enlightening, really thanks for stopping by.


Lauryn December 13, 2013 at 3:04 pm

Love these tips! It sounds like it was a wonderful event. I would have loved to hear Ira present!!


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