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3. Use your iPhone volume buttons to shoot your photo. It will create a steadier image rather than fiddling with the touch screen.

4. Invest in a tripod. And find an app for your smart phone with a timer on it so you're not just holding your phone. "That shot—the self-portrait where you can see your arm—no one likes that shot," says Hilton.

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5. If you're shooting people, get close, says Hilton. "Unless it's a landscape, you're not going to get a very good portrait from far away."

6. Find a panoramic app for your smartphone. Then, take a bunch of photos and your app will stitch them together.

7. Shoot with the sun behind your back, as a general rule. Yes, you can get artsy or experimental with silouhetting and the sun behind your subject, but for all-around quality photos with a subject and background, make sure they're well lit.

8. Mornings and early evenings are the best time to take outdoors photos. Lighting is most dramatic.

9. Use the 2/3 rule. Not centering your subjects makes for a more interesting composition, Hilton suggests. "Of course, rules are meant to be broken."

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