Default shooting against light


I have a question about taking pictures. I used to have the samsung captivate and when i would point against a lot of light my pic would be very dark but i would tap on an area on the phone that was darker and the picture would brighten up and then i would take the shot. I am not technical and do not know how this feature might be called thought i am pretty sure has to do with exposure.
Does the galaxy s3 has something like that? I have tried with no success. I tried different cam apps as well and i still no luck.