Galaxy S5 Camera: How to Adjust Focus After Taking a Photo

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The Galaxy S5’s Selective Focus feature lets you choose what parts of your picture to keep clear and which to blur out. This lets you create an artistic depth of field effect to give your pictures a dreamy quality. Here’s how to adjust the focal point after taking a photo. 

1. Open the Camera app.

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2. Turn on Selective Focus by tapping the icon with two heads on the left. When the feature is activated, the words “Selective Focus” will show appear at top of the screen.

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3. Focus on a subject within 1.5 feet of you. To choose a different focal point, tap it on the viewfinder. You’ll need to pick a subject that stands out from the background.

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4. Hit the shutter button and hold still. If your S5 was able to detect the subject, a Processing dialog window will pop up.

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5.  Tap the photo thumbnail at the bottom right (when device is in landscape) or bottom left (portrait mode). This brings you into the picture gallery.

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6. Pick the image you want to edit from the carousel. Pictures that you can adjust Selective Focus on have a two-person icon on them.

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7. Choose the type of focus you want. Near Focus sharpens the subject closer to you, while far focus blurs out things in the foreground. Pan focus keeps everything sharp.

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8. Hit Done at the top right when you’re pleased with your picture.

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 Your image will be saved to the Gallery.

Cherlynn Low
Cherlynn Low
Cherlynn joined the Laptopmag team in June 2013 and has since been writing about all things tech and digital with a focus on mobile and Internet software development. She also edits and reports occasionally on video. She graduated with a M.S. in Journalism (Broadcast) from Columbia University in May 2013 and has been designing personal websites since 2001.
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  1. Sami Balchion Says:

    I’m having trouble with changing the Selective focus after I have taken the image. I got the phone so I was trying the new camera features. I was taking a picture of a doll with Selective focus. I selected the doll to focus on, after that the the doll was clearly visible and the background was blurred as it should be. Then I take the picture with the doll still focused but the Processing dialog sometimes appear and sometimes it doesn’t. In both cases a dialog appear after the picture is taken saying: “Picture saved, but unable to apply Focus contrast effect. Select area to focus on and try again.” And also the green circle that appear when I tap to select the focus, sometimes appear red. What is the problem ?

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