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Today’s smartphones are designed with sophisticated cameras that take incredible images in a variety of situations. If you find that your smartphone photos are unimpressive, you may only need a few new techniques. Here are five tips for taking better photos with your smartphone.

Turn on Gridlines Feature

Composition is the most powerful aspect of exceptional photography, and you can learn great composition with any type of smartphone camera. The gridlines feature turns on a series of lines that help you learn the basics of composition. The idea is to use the rule of thirds where your main subject takes up only one-third of the total image, and the gridlines should intersect your subject. You can place it in the center, but the left and right creates the most interest in the photograph.

Move Closer and Go Low

Most people rely on the zoom feature of their smartphones and take photos while standing up. When you zoom in with your phone, you lose a lot of detail and interest. Instead, move closer to your subject whenever possible. Also, take photos from different angles. For the most interesting compositions, squat down and shoot upwards using proper composition techniques.

Leading Lines

Leading lines move the eye into the photo and draw attention to your main subject. A tip for taking better photos with your smartphone is to look for common objects to use as leading lines from the lower left or lower right of the frame. This may be a sidewalk, fence, row of flowers, long shadows, or any other objects that form a line moving towards the subject.

Avoid Filters

Although filters are intended to enhance your images, those found in smartphones leave much to be desired. Take photos without filters and then use photo editing software to enhance contrast, highlights, shadows, and other aspects to create a stunning photograph.

Clean the Lens

You use your smartphone every day, and it is stored in a pocket or bag or simply left out on a table. Before you take photos, use a soft cloth to clean the lens. This helps reduce a fuzzy haze in your images and can boost clarity, color, and detail. If you don’t have a special cloth for the lens, you can use a face tissue or part of your shirt. Just be sure to gently blow on the lens after cleaning to remove any lint and dust.