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iPhone tricks for fantastic photos

Remember the days when you had to haul your flip phone around and a digital camera? Back then, the picture resolution was the only thing preventing your phone from being your one and only go-to gadget. You needed that camera. Otherwise, you'd be stuck with grainy, low-quality images for each and every photo. 

Thankfully, that's not the case anymore. The camera on your iPhone and iPad can do a whole lot more. If you own an iPhone 7, your phone is equipped with a brand new camera system capable of 12 MP with an autofocus, IOS and quad. Even better, if you own an iPhone 7 Plus, you have two brand new camera systems that shoot as one, plus and optical 2x zoom and digital 10x zoom. 

Quick tips:

1. Adjust the camera exposure

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You know that annoying box that pops up on your screen whenever you go to take a picture? Well, it might not be so annoying after all. Tap your screen to move the box to whichever area you'd like to focus on, then tap the dot beside it to instantly adjust the exposure. This will automatically fix problems with poor lighting.

2. Add a filter

Instagram isn't the only place where you'll find built-in filters. Your iPhone camera has a built-in photo editor as well, including basic tools. 

Want to create a whimsical effect? Or how about a classic black and white? All of these filters can be found in your camera app just by tapping on the image you'd like to edit.

Beneath the image, you'll find an icon that looks like lines with beads. Tap this icon and you'll find editing tools such as cropping, angle adjustment, contrast settings and filters.

3. Choose your favorites

If you're tired of hunting for your favorite photos, don't forget to tap that little heart at the bottom of the image. Doing this will make the image available in your favorites folder, keeping the best pictures front and center.

Bonus tip: Use the rule of thirds

Ask any professional photographer, and they'll tell you shots look better when you stick to the rule of thirds. This is basically a fancy way of saying you don't want your subject matter to fall dead center within the image. 

But how do you know where to align the subjects of your photos? There's a setting you can tweak in your device's camera to add some helpful grid lines. 

To turn it on, access your device's Settings menu. Then, tap Photos & Camera, then turn the Grid toggle on.

Tip within a tip: Now that you know these quick tips for better photos, you're going to need an easy way to store and organize them. Click here for a photo storage option that frees up space on your phone or tablet.

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