Clean your lens – Be sure to clean the lens with a soft handkerchief before taking a photo. You might not be able to tell just how dirty the lens really is.

Be steady – Shaky hands are just as bad for cell phone images (especially in low light) as they are for larger cameras. When in doubt, take multiple photos or even a burst, and choose the best one. There are even some camera apps, like Camera+, that take the photo only when the phone detects that you are being still.

Get in close – Zoom decreases your photo quality. Fill the frame with your subject and see how much better your photo will look without so much wasted space. The closer you are to the subject, the better you can see their facial expressions too.

Don’t forget to focus – Tap. Focus. Just don’t forget. You can also get camera apps that allow you to focus manually, which is really handy in cases where the autofocus just can’t get it right.

Keep your back to the sun – You want your subjects to be illuminated by the sun as they approach you. In photography, light is everything. If the light is in an unfavorable position, like behind the subject, then you will be challenged to achieve proper exposure.

Try shooting in portrait mode – blur the background of the image to make the subject really stand out.

Choose your background – when taking a single portrait photo, try taking the picture with a solid background and not in front of a net or fence.

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