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Five ways to take better pictures with your iPhone

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The best camera is the one that is with you. Most of the time, it is your iPhone. The iPhone can take great pictures, if you understand how to use it. Here are five ways to take better pictures with your iPhone.

  1. Be still. To get consistently sharp photos, hold the iPhone very still when taking pictures. Also hold it still when you press the shutter button. Of course this does not apply to panoramic shots.
  2. Wait for focus. The iPhone briefly displays a yellow box once the picture is in focus. This is the moment when you should press the shutter button. If you press it sooner, the picture will be out of focus. Note that it takes longer to focus in bad lighting.
  3. Understand lighting. The key to taking great pictures is to understand lighting. A slightly cloudy day can diffuse sunlight and yield great pictures. Bright sunshine can produce unwanted shadows. Indoor and low light situations can be challenging. Aim for ideal lighting situations and use the built-in flash when necessary.
  4. Compose your photo. Think about what you are capturing before you press the shutter button. Move closer or farther to get the picture you want. Use the rule of thirds when composing your shots.
  5. Practice. Take lots of pictures. The more you practice, the faster you will improve your photography. After all, your iPhone is always with you. Why not put it to good use?

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