Q: When taking pictures in bright sunshine with the sun above or behind me, I can't see the screen on my cellphone to compose a picture. I am forced to just point in the general direction and hope for the best. Is there an adapter that will enable me to see the screen to compose a picture? I'm using a Samsung S5. It takes good pictures, but the screen in sunlight is a real problem.
A: I did some research on your behalf and did not find any solutions to solve the problem. Such products may exist, and if any readers know of one, please contact me so I can tell everyone about it.
Meanwhile, there are things you can do to minimize the glare. As a start, try angling the screen very slightly toward you when you compose the shot. Changing the viewing angle might reflect away enough of the sunlight that the screen isn't completely washed out. Once you have framed the photograph you want, tilt the phone back to the original position before you press the button.
Using a folding wallet case for your phone also might help. I use a SwitchEasy Wrap cellphone case with my iPhone 6 Plus. It has a leather sleeve that holds the phone with a folding cover that protects the screen, opening almost like a fliphone but hinged at the long end. When taking pictures in the sun, I hold the phone so that the cover part of the case opens upward, using my palms to support the cover above the screen. This shades it from the sun like an awning, and my index finger is free to activate the shutter. I find this grip keeps the phone very stable, as well.
The SwitchEasy Wrap is available only for the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. The only thing I do not like about the case is that after a few months of use, the sleeve does not hold the phone as tightly as it did when it was new. Because the phone is not secured on the open end of the case, it can slide out if you're not careful. When it starts moving around, I suggest placing a small piece of cloth behind the phone so that it stays snug. There are many wallet cases available for your Samsung S5. Find one that appeals to you and give it a try.
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