With 68% of Americans now owning one, the smartphone has become the go-to camera for most people. Here are 10 tips for better smartphone pictures.

  • Steady as she goes. Keep the phone still when shooting. Brace your elbows against your body or on a table, or steady your arm against a wall.
  • Don’t zoom. Either get closer or crop the shot in software. You’ll be working with a higher quality image.
  • Forget the flash. Shoot first with the flash off. Too often, flash overexposes the photo or messes up the colors.
  • Key on one subject. It’s easier to get a good composition when you’re focusing on a single subject.
  • Include empty space. Sometimes called “negative space”, an empty expanse around a subject or between multiple subjects can be dramatic. Look for a large wall, an empty field, or a stretch of open sky or water.
  • Find a different perspective. Taking a shot at an unusual angle, such as looking up to the sky or down to the ground, can create an arresting picture.
  • Seek out symmetry. A symmetrical photo is one you can cut into two halves that are mirror images of each other. Whether you find symmetry or set it up, it makes for a very pleasing photo.
  • Look for a leading line. This is a line that draws you into the picture. It could be a path, road, spiral staircase, wall, or a line of flowers or trees.
  • Grab candids. Posed photos capture a memory, but candids of people doing things or just interacting can capture a real emotion. The way to get a great candid is to shoot lots of them.
  • Pick up on reflections. Putting one in a photo can be stunning. Look for images reflected in sunglasses, puddles, windows, on shiny metal surfaces, and, of course, in mirrors.

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