Taking great photos while on a hike, or while having a family dinner. The camera is one of those features that make a smartphone worth it. But you’ll need to learn a few tricks before you can make maximum use out of it. Below, I’ll share three unbelievably simple photography tips that work all the time. You can try them starting right now and be assured that you’ll do great photos.

1.      Clean your lens

Before anything else, you want to make sure that your lens is spotlessly clean. So just how do you do this? You don’t even need special equipment. Every time you’re ready to take a photo, just give it a quick wipe using your T-shirt or any other article of clothing for that matter. This will get the grime away and clear the way for a no-blur snap.

2.      Look before you shoot

If someone requests you to take a photo, you want to make sure that you have an idea of the results before you actually take it. This is what I call – look before you shoot. What do they look like on your smartphone screen? Do they look too dull? Maybe they need to give it a little smile for those good results to manifest. Maybe the photo will just look great after they remove that cold weather jacket that they are wearing on a hot spring afternoon. You just have to make sure that they look great on the screen before you can go right ahead and snap. This way, you’ll almost always get it right. I have used this simple trick many times before and I always get fantastic results.

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3.      Catch some landscape

Pictures shot in portrait just look awkward nowadays, or don’t they? So unless there’s an important reason you need that tall shot, you are better off catching some landscape. If you’re taking a photo of someone, try to include some neat, nice background. This has its way of adding color, meaning, and context to the photo.

4.      Don’t use flash

Get into that mindset where you know that the flash feature is best saved for emergencies. Thus, avoid using it every now and then. The best thing is to rely on natural lighting to illuminate the picture. What better way to make a picture look natural? The fact that the flash tends to be located proximate to the lens means that there’s a much higher chance you’ll get glare (good-photo-destroyer).

5.      Don’t use digital zoom

Most people tend to use the zoom feature while taking photos on a smartphone. But if you want to realize some really good results, you might want to avoid this one (i.e. unless your camera has optical zoom). Digital zoom just reduces your editing options for the photo. Actually, you’re better off taking fully zoomed-out photos then cropping them manually.

Sounds like abc? Sure yeah. Take a photo right now bearing in mind these tips and let me know whether you get good results in the comments section below.

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