Taking better photos with your cell phone

The tripod
The tripod
Take multiple photos at different angles
Take multiple photos at different angles
Take multiple photos at different angles
Take multiple photos at different angles
Be incognito
Be incognito
Use a photo editor
Use a photo editor

By Amy Hancock

More people are laying their trusty digital cameras aside and relying on cell phones to capture little bits of life. Since so many have already made the switch, and others are picking up the trend, we are providing you with a few simple steps to take better pictures.

The tripod

One shaky move of the hand or wrist, and your snap shot becomes a blur. Try resting the phone or your arm on a flat surface to steady the shot. If standing up, you can also rest against a wall or table to keep your shot as steady as possible.

Take multiple photos at different angles

Don't just take one shot of your subject. Take five or more! You can also change the position of the phone to get more interesting angles, or find a better composition (the placement or arrangement of subjects or items in your photos).  This is a great way to make each picture take on a personality of its own!

Be incognito

Some of the best photos are taken when no one knows it's happening. Go into stealth mode to take your photos, or pretend you're texting to catch your subject in a candid moment.

Use a photo editor

Most smart phones have applications available to edit your photos before sharing them with friends. If your phone doesn't have that capability, you can always edit them on your computer with programs such as Picasa or websites such as Photoscape.com. Play with the contrast or saturation levels, and tinker until you find something that satisfies your personal taste.

The challenge

Try using these tips the next time you're taking pictures, and let us see what you've learned! Display your phonetography proudly by uploading them to The Loop. Your pictures could even appear on air!

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