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My iPhone IS my camera. I have a DSLR laying around the house somewhere, but I hardly ever use it anymore. My iPhone is more convenient and the quality improves with every new model. There are even rumors that the iPhone 6s or 7 may be able to take DSLR-like images.

But the iPhone is also many other people’s go-to camera. And mobile phone pics are everywhere these days thanks to Instagram. So how can you stand out from the crowd—how can you make your pictures truly better than other people’s? And what if you just want to take the best iPhone photos you can for your own personal use like to be framed and hung in a prominent position within your house?

There are tons of blog posts and articles telling you how to take better iPhone photos (too many, really) and oftentimes they are way too long. You’re not gonna remember any of what they say when you’re actually about to take a picture. I decided to make things a bit easier on you by putting some tips and suggestions for taking better iPhone pics into a simple list.

There’s some obvious stuff here you might say, “Duh, why didn’t I think about that?!” to mixed in with some pro tips and conventional wisdom along with some iPhone camera setting tweaks and options to try.

Before we get started, here’s rule #1: learn how to use the quick iPhone camera access shortcut to get to your camera app as fast as possible. All the photography tips, advice and apps in the world can’t help with a missed opportunity!

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  1. 1. How To Take Better iPhone Pictures! + The Best Photo Apps
  2. 2. 1. Wipe off your lens (duh).
  3. 3. Next… 2. Stabilize with 2 hands. 3. Use the built-in grid (and the rule of thirds). 4. Find a cool location (seriously, you can’t polish a turd). 5. Use auto-HDR.
  4. 4. 6. Don’t zoom (zoom with your feet).
  5. 5. –Common Sense “Just keep things plain and uncluttered.”
  6. 6. Next… 8. Capture panoramas. 9. Hello, angle (no chest- level shots). 10. Use the sun to your advantage. 11. Get symmetrical.
  7. 7. Lighting is EVERYTHING.
  8. 8. EVERYTHING!!!
  9. 9. Next… 13. Keep your phone level. 14. Hold down the shutter for fast-moving objects (aka burst mode). 15. Breathe slow = prevent shake. 16. Reflections rock.
  10. 10. 17. Holding your finger on the screen enables AF/AE lock.
  11. 11. Next… 18. Use objects to create a sense of scale. 19. Get abstract. 20.Adjust contrast & brightness (quick fix). 21. Un-mute colors: go for intensity.
  12. 12. –Shoulda Known “Use the volume buttons as shutter buttons.”
  13. 13. 23. Get really close; take a macro photo.
  14. 14. Go black & white to rescue sketchy photos.
  15. 15. Best Photo Apps? • Manual - Custom exposure for your iPhone cam. • VSCO Cam - Shoot & edit with popular filters. • Mextures - 130 textures + unlimited layering. • WAIT! Click here for 17 more awesome apps!
  16. 16. Visit dailytekk.com for more tech lists. Photo credits here.
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My iPhone IS my camera. I have a DSLR laying around the house somewhere, but I hardly ever use it anymore. My iPhone is more convenient and the quality improves with every new model. There are even rumors that the iPhone 6s or 7 may be able to take DSLR-like images. But the iPhone is also many other people’s go-to camera. And mobile phone pics are everywhere these days thanks to Instagram. So how can you stand out from the crowd—how can you make your pictures truly better than other people’s? And what if you just want to take the best iPhone photos you can for your own personal use like to be framed and hung in a prominent position within your house? There are tons of blog posts and articles telling you how to take better iPhone photos (too many, really) and oftentimes they are way too long. You’re not gonna remember any of what they say when you’re actually about to take a picture. I decided to make things a bit easier on you by putting some tips and suggestions for taking better iPhone pics into a simple list. There’s some obvious stuff here you might say, “Duh, why didn’t I think about that?!” to mixed in with some pro tips and conventional wisdom along with some iPhone camera setting tweaks and options to try. Before we get started, here’s rule #1: learn how to use the quick iPhone camera access shortcut to get to your camera app as fast as possible. All the photography tips, advice and apps in the world can’t help with a missed opportunity!

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