Most of us are finding that we are taking more and more photos with our smartphones. That’s because our smartphones are always with us and they are relatively simple to use. But that doesn’t mean the photos always turn out well. In fact, the simple point-and-shoot nature of a smartphone camera can work against us, deemphasizing the need to set up a shot and take proper care of the equipment. But cell phone photos don’t have to be throwaways. Here are ten easy tips for taking better pictures with a smartphone: Place your camera app on the main screen Make sure you have your camera app on your home screen or easily accessed by one of the home screen buttons, so you can be ready when the need arises. Use natural light When you can, use natural light for your pictures in order to get the best results. Angle your phone Be creative in how you take photos. For example, for a more unique twist on photos of you and your friends, hold your phone at an angle. Clean your lens Make sure you regularly wipe off the camera lenses on the front and back of your phone. Avoid zoom Digital zoom on a phone camera is usually not the best; avoid using it if possible. Move yourself closer to your subject instead. No centering Photos that place the subject in the center of the picture can be boring. Imagine a tic-tac-toe board on your screen and place the focus of your photo along one of the lines. Get high and low Instead of just standing or sitting to take your photo, try getting down lower to the ground and shooting up or going up higher and shooting down. Use flash – even in bright sunshine Turn the flash on even when you are in the sun. The flash will help eliminate any shadows. Download photo apps There are dozens of apps for editing photos; download a few of them to find ways to enhance your photos. Share! Photos are always better when shared with others. With your smartphone you can instantly use your 4G LTE connection to share in real time with your friends and family. Following these simple tips will help you capture better photos at all your future events. Happy snapping! I have been compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.