Because it takes up little space, and it’s always at hand, we use more and more our smartphone to take pictures. Unfortunately, the result is not always the best. Here are seven tips to get better shots.

1.  Remember to clean your lens

It seems obvious but still have to think about it. A force to hang in your pocket or in your bag to be handled, your smartphone and its goal are not very clean. Remember to clean it regularly and especially before taking pictures. To do this, avoid the end of t-shirt and prefer an anti-static cloth like those used for eyeglasses.

2.  Make sure to focus

Before taking your photo, allow time for your device to focus if it is automatic.  And it’s not because you’re using a smartphone you can not make a manual focus. For this you must disable auto focus by touching the screen to where you want to focus. In general, avoid -if you can – moving subjects and low light environments.

3.  Avoid zoom

Digital zoom does not function as optical zooms. They tend to pixelate the image and highlight the blurred especially with moving subjects. Enjoy the small size of the device and its discretion to approach your subject. The photo quality will suffer.

4.  Remain Stable

Lighter, smaller than a conventional camera, the smartphone is also more difficult to keep stable. To take a picture, it is better to take it with both hands.  If you use only one hand, try to keep your elbows close to the body to provide stability. You can also use a special smartphone tripod.

5.  Limit the use of the flash

Except in a very dark environment, the flash is prohibited.  Too powerful, it tends to overexpose the elements in the foreground.  In addition, the flash distorts colours.  If you must use flash, you can stick a piece of transparent tape to soften the light and make it more diffuse.

6.  HDR, you know?

The HDR mode optimizes the exposure of your photos. Your smartphone supports three photos with different exposures (underexposed, overexposed and normal) and combines them into a single picture richer in colours and contrasts. To test. The result can be surprising.

7.  Test Apps

There are many applications for editing photos and the possibilities are endless.Contrast, brightness, exposure … you can act on many settings. You can test the free app Snapseed (on itunes and google play ) that also apply filters and even correct the horizon.