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How to use your Galaxy smartphone to turn a photo into a 24-hour time-lapse

Samsung Galaxy S22 Gallery app full screen image
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The Samsung Gallery app is a surprisingly impressive application for Galaxy smartphones, with plenty of editing features to make your images really shine. One fun feature many users may not know about is Scene Relighting, which can turn a static image into a 24-hour time-lapse video.

It might sound crazy, but the results are shockingly good and worth trying out if you have a compatible Samsung smartphone like the Galaxy S22. We'll show you how you can easily give your photos new life with Samsung's Scene Relighting tool.

How to use Scene Relighting to create a 24-hour time-lapse

1. Open the Gallery app and select an image. The feature generally works on images that the app recognizes as landscapes and other similar types of photos.

2. If the photo is eligible for relighting, a small clock icon will appear on the bottom right corner. Click the icon and wait for it to prepare the time-lapse.

3. The time-lapse will automatically start playing. From here, you can choose to send the video, save it, or you can discard it by backing out.

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And that's it! It's a pretty low-key feature but a cool one, nonetheless. You can check out my personal time-lapse in the GIF below, although you should note that Samsung usually includes tranquil music with the video clip. (Compression makes the GIF appear grainy, but the actual time-lapse video is much clearer).

(Image credit: Derrek Lee / Android Central)

How does Scene Relighting work?

Samsung debuted Scene Relighting alongside the Galaxy S21 series as a unique feature that takes advantage of AI to work. The company explained (opens in new tab) at the time that using a Generative Adversarial Network (GAN), the AI analyzes an image and creates different variations of that same image to represent different times of the day. Then, it fills in the gaps between these images to create a smooth transition in the final resulting video.

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The feature is available on Samsung's best Android phones from the past couple of years, including the Galaxy S20 series and even Samsung's foldable phones. However, some older devices may also have access to the feature.

Derrek Lee
Derrek Lee

Derrek is a long-time Nokia and LG fanboy who loves astronomy, videography, and sci-fi movies. When he's not working, he's most likely working out or smoldering at the camera.