The best camera is the one you have with you, or so the saying goes, and more often than not that’s likely to be the one on your phone. In fact, maybe you don’t even have a conventional camera.

Here are six quick tips to help you make the most of the camera in your pocket. With our help, you’ll never miss a photo opportunity again.

Move in Closer

The small sensor on an iPhone provides a relatively wide depth of field, allowing you to get entire objects in focus where fancier cameras may struggle. Get up close to your subject to capture it in greater detail.

Close up of strawberries

Crop, Don’t Zoom

Steer clear of your phone camera’s zoom function, as you’ll soon see how the picture quality diminishes the further you zoom in. Instead, take your photo first then crop it to focus on the detail you want to emphasise.

Close up of roses

Avoid Filters

Instagram’s retro filters are great for fun snaps of your friends or making your photos look sunnier, but if you’re serious about taking good pictures, avoid filtering your photos. Instead, use your phone’s basic image editing features to adjust the contrast, brightness and colour temperature for a more naturally beautiful photo.

Grafitti on camera phone

Turn Flash Off

Flash is rarely flattering, especially the very simple flash incorporated into your smartphone camera. Turn it off and instead try to take your photos where there’s as much natural light as possible, or seek out a light source in darker places to make your image a bit brighter.

Woman under trees in sunlight

Clean Your Lens

Your phone probably spends most of its time in your pocket or bag, so the lens is sure to get a bit grimy from time to time. Before you take that shot, give your lens a quick wipe to make sure it’s clean, clear and ready to capture an awesome photo.

Fairy lights on camera phone

Remember the Rules

Don’t overlook the rules of photography just because you’re not using a proper camera. The main one to keep in mind is the rule of thirds. Place your subject off-centre in the frame to create a more interesting image.

Man and dog

Follow these top tips and no one will ever know that you took your pictures using your phone. And you’ll never have to worry about not having a fancy camera again.