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Drama Shot

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Galaxy s4 Drama Shot

Update 1: FAQs were added at the bottom of this page. PDF version of all these FAQs can be downloaded from this post.

Drama Shot lets you take a series of pictures of any moving subject and puts them together – so you can see the detailed action that’s seamlessly merged into one very dynamic photo. This is what Samsung told us.

Actually, this is almost a standard feature in most DSLRs. But in smartphones, this is quite new and interesting.

Once in Drama shot mode, the camera can take up to 100 photos in 4 seconds of the moving object, then the software automatically pick some locations to forge the final photo. The major criterion for the automatic selection is that object should not overlapping in different locations. You can manually choose locations to be used, of course.

Once the photo is saved, you can edit it in gallery (the stock one) by re-selecting the locations of the object. This is pretty useful.  As I know, you have to edit such photos in Galaxy S4 if you want to change the locations of the moving objects. If you edit it in your PC, it is just a normal photo.

The first photo is always used as background and the starting location of the moving object. You need keep the camera still. The object should move in one direction.

In the user manual, Samsung gives the following tips  to get the best shot:

  • – –Hold the camera steady and remain still while taking photos.
  • – –Take photos of a subject that is moving in one direction.
  • – –Take photos with backgrounds that are free of moving objects.
  • – –Avoid taking photos of a subject and background with similar colors.
  • – –Avoid taking photos of a subject that is too close or too far away to fit within the viewfinder or that is too long such as a bus or a train.

To access Drama shot, you need open Camera app, Tap MODE, and then scroll up or down the screen at the right side of the screen. Select Drama mode.

If you haven’t tried this feature, try it now!

FAQs on Drama Shot

Q1 : When I take a photo using drama mode, the pop-up “Unable to take the picture. Move away from the subject so it takes up less of the screen” is displayed in screen and the camera will not take the picture.
A : You must take a photo at a distance of about 3m from the subject.
If subject moves too fast/slow, the photo may not be taken.
Please check the following points.
Drama: Use this to take a series of photos and combine them to create an image that shows trails of the movement.

To get the best shot, follow these tips. The device may not take photos properly in other shooting conditions.
– – Hold the camera steady and remain still while taking photos.
– – Take photos of a subject that is moving in one direction.
– – Take photos with backgrounds that are free of moving objects.
– – Avoid taking photos of a subject and background with similar colours.
– – Avoid taking photos of a subject that is too close or too far away to fit within the viewfinder or that is too long such as a bus or a train.

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Comments

  1. Daniel Xander says:

    i dont have drama shot in my S4

    • Did you check the camera app carefully? Which country are you from?

    • Some s4 have that problem its an easy fix just go to you
      settings go to go to reset and back up this should reset
      your whole phone it sucks but that’s what I had to
      do now before you reset remember to backup your
      Contacts and info are your will lose everything

  2. Anonymous says:

    I don’t have one either!:( I just got the S4 and I live in the US

  3. you should have it. I just got the S4 and I got it

  4. Anonymous says:

    I have verizon and and my s4 don’t have it either

  5. Winmarie Sanchez says:

    Hello guys! I har the same problem, but it’s all in ur settings. If it doesn’t showbup in you camera MODES, doing a factory setting would certainky help. Thats what I did with my S4.

  6. once you take a photo will it automatically be saved in the gallery, and if I delete the photo right after taking it it will be deleted from the gallery as well? I basically just want to know whether the photo will get saved somewhere else even after deleting it?

    • Once you delete the photo, of course it will be deleted from your phone permanently.

      Actually it is saved in the same location of other normal photos (taken by the camera). Gallery is just an app to view and manage photos.

  7. Anonymous says:

    just go to your camera and then setting and reset. you will have all mode back.

  8. I tried my Drama shot today and it would only take 3 photos. Is there a setting to take the 8 or more like it shows in the commercials?

    • it only take photos for 4 seconds. Maybe the object is moving too slow or too fast, or you are too close or too far from the moving object.

  9. Yep speed the key. I took a drama pictures of my dog chasing a ball and it came out perfect with about 12 frames to work with. I took a picture of someone walking slowly and I got two frames. It is only 4 seconds and the walker only took 2 steps in 4 seconds.

    Have someone jump over something.

  10. Anonymous says:

    why my s4 GT i9500 dont have a dual shot and drama shot.. my unit is from hongkong…please help me..tnx guys..

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