Master Your Smartphone Camera with These 3 Easy Photography Tips | Extra Mile

Smartphone photography has come a long way since the first camera phones debuted in the early 2000s. Now, you can seamlessly snap, edit and share your photos in a matter of seconds. Here are the best tips for getting the best shots.

1. Follow the Rule of Thirds

No matter what smartphone you’re using, balanced composition will improve your photography. The “Rule of Thirds” is one of the most widely-used techniques to achieve that balance. Imagine that your shot is divided into a 3×3 grid. The main elements of your shot should correspond to the lines of that grid. This creates a more interesting, better balanced shot than one in which the subject of your picture is centered.

2. Keep Things Clear

Clarity is important when it comes to taking good photos. First and foremost, keep your lens clean. It may sound obvious, but a lens solution can make a big difference. Also, according to Pop Photo, follow the rule of “Crop, Don’t Zoom.” Smartphones have yet to master the digital zoom function, meaning every time you zoom in, you degrade your final image more and more. Instead of zooming, crop your finished photo with an editing tool. This will give you a less pixelated photo.

3. Find the Perfect Photo App

You’re bound to find a large array of photography apps in your phone’s app store to meet your editing and filtering needs. Not sure where to start? Try Instagram—it lets you take a photo, choose a filter and share your creation to your social media outlets.

Good photography can tell a story that goes beyond words. So get out there and snap, filter and share!

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