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How to Take Better Photos with your Phone

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With the constant improvement of cellphone cameras and the rise of photo sharing networks like Instagram, phoneography is quickly gaining steam. Many people are using phones to take a majority of their photos, and are starting to leave their beloved DSLR or point-and-shoot camera at home. Are you one of them?

If you’re an avid phoneographer (like us!), here are a few tips that will have you taking gallery-worthy shots in no time:

1. Hold it steady: Motion blur is pretty much impossible to remove from a photo, so don’t let it ruin your shot! Try bracing your elbows on your body when taking your photo for some extra support. If you don’t have the steadiest hands, look around and find something to rest your phone on. Ledges, tables, even parking meters are a good start!

2. Download some cool editing apps:  Be sure to take advantage of the amazing camera apps out there! Some of our favorites? Camera+ allows you to adjust exposure, initiate a photo flashlight for better lighting, and includes tons of different shooting modes. With Snapseed you can crop, rotate, straighten or auto correct your images. Check out some of Snapseed’s filters like grunge, drama or vintage for an extra effect.

3. Get to know the camera features: It’s amazing the kind of features a phone camera can offer these days! Exposure control, flash, panorama function, auto-focus and micro mode to name a few. Read up on the different options your phone offers and start using them — you’ll be surprised at the difference it can make.

4. Keep with the times: Technology is constantly changing, so if you find that your phone’s camera just isn’t cutting it, why not upgrade? Surf the web for some reviews, and make sure the phone will suit your needs before you purchase. Android and iPhone devices are among the top players on the market, so start your research there.

5. Say no to digital zoom: If you have the urge to use your phone’s digital zoom when capturing that perfect moment, try to suppress it. Why? Digital zoom not only makes it harder for your camera to focus, but it also creates a more pixelated image with much less detail. Instead, move closer to the subject if you can or try taking the photo as is, and crop it later using one of your editing apps. You won’t regret it!

Of course the best way to improve your phoneography skills is to get out and practice! Make sure you come back and share some of your own tips with us in the comments below.

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