How to use the LG G4 and manual camera controls to take awesome artistic photos

How to use the LG G4 and manual camera controls to take awesome artistic photos
This isn't the first article we dedicate to the LG G4's awesome camera, and we're pretty sure that it won't be the last. After all, a camera as capable as this deserves to be under the spotlight. With its 16MP of resolution, optical image stabilization, F1.8 aperture, and advanced focusing and white balancing capabilities, the G4 excels in most every-day shooting conditions, all while being so easy to use that even a kid can handle it. While riding a unicycle. Blindfolded. 

As long as the camera is set to auto mode, that is. 

As for the manual camera mode on the LG G4, now that's a whole different animal. A camera noob will most likely find it too complicated, with all its switches and sliders. Experienced photographers, however, would find themselves using the mode often as it gives plenty of control over the image being produced – white balance, ISO, shutter speed, and focus can all be controlled independently. And that's a big deal for anyone who knows how to put these manual controls to good use. 

Now, the G4's manual camera mode is primarily there for fine-tuning the image as it is being shot – for making sure that the focus is perfectly set, or for ensuring accurate white balance, to give a few examples. However, it can also be used for achieving various creative effects. For instance, taking great night shots or adding artistic motion blur to parts of an image is easy by setting a long exposure time. Conversely, setting an extremely short exposure duration can freeze a high-speed moment in time – a drop of water bouncing, or a bird in mid-flight, for example. Care to learn how to pull these tricks off? Then just flip through the slideshow below. There you'll find 9 creative images taken with the LG G4, along with brief and clear explanations as to how to achieve the demonstrated effect.  

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  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, Hexa-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(18.5h talk time)



1. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Amazing pictures! If only the G4 wasn't huge :( This phone comes very close to the 1020 with its camera

2. jessyi

Posts: 327; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

Wow i love the fire works and the the drop of water bouncing..great job LG..awsome camera..waiting for the "super premuim phone".

6. Nick_T

Posts: 184; Member since: May 27, 2011

Thanks! I only wish I had taken a better fireworks shot when I had the chance.

9. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

9 (the one in manual mode) is way awesome.

3. Hama22

Posts: 60; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

the ZTE Axon Mini is the first smartphone with Force Touch have a nice day

4. InsertUsernameHere

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 31, 2014

What does that have to do with the article?

7. Hama22

Posts: 60; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

lol actually nothing but it`s really weird how PhoneArena and some other popular websites just didn`t say anything about it like it hasn`t happened! if u know what I mean.

5. theo14461 unregistered

Awesome camera! Too bad the rest of this phone doesn't even come close to the S6.

10. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

The screen even while not the brightest outside but is truely amazing. The colors are so accurate and blacks are very deep black. The performance is great. Overall both phones are very similar and not that big of a differance as you think it is between the 2. Its deffinety on par with the S6. Batter life might not be as great but still having the option to swap it out is nice.

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