Are you frustrated because it seems like other people are always sharing great photos on social media, but your own photos always look terrible? Like you, they’re also using their smartphone, so how come their photos look so much better? You can’t use an Android spy program to see what everyone’s photo-taking process is, but you can follow this guide. Here are some tips and tricks from professional photographers that will help you take better photos to share on social media websites:

Change Your Camera Settings

Your smartphone camera is pretty complex. There are a lot of settings that you can adjust to make the photos look better, clearer, and more focused. Take some time to play with these settings to figure out what will make your photos look better. Plus, it’s more fun to try them out yourself than find out what your friend uses through the use of an Android spy app. You can even refer to online tutorials to walk you through the process, too.

Never Use Flash

Flash really doesn’t do much to enhance a picture. All it does is give the subject red eyes or other distortions that needs to be fixed afterward. Instead, adjust the actual light in the space if you need to make it brighter. The flash is useless, so don’t use it. Just pretend it doesn’t exist.

Don’t Use Zoom

Your photos will be better quality if you don't use zoom.

Avoid using the zoom feature if you want high quality photos.

You should treat the zoom feature the same way. On smartphones, digital zoom doesn’t function the same as zooming in with a camera. In fact, it doesn’t really work at all. If you want to draw attention to one particular feature, crop the photo so it becomes the focus. Smartphone images are big enough that you can crop out quite a bit and still have a great quality photo. Remember to crop, not zoom, if you want a clear picture of a person, animal, or scene.

Get An Editing App

Here’s another secret that your friends who are taking amazing photos aren’t going to tell you – incredible photos rarely just happen. If you’re really curious, you can install an Android spy app on their phone to see how they create high quality photos. In addition, using a high quality photo editing app like Photoshop, Lightbox or iPhoto will allow you to make changes so your picture can really “pop.” You won’t be able to share your photos right after you take them, but if you want to improve their quality, take the time to edit them first before you post them on social media.

Don’t Use Filters

The filters on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and other social media apps really aren’t too bad. Sometimes, they can add a cool effect to your photos, but everyone uses them. If you really want to use a filter, choose one from a proper photo editing app that will make your image look more unique. Do you really want to share yet another photo on Facebook with a “fall” filter on it? Be original and make your photos original, too.

Use The Timer

It’s always a struggle to take selfies that look good. Despite the impression you might get from your friends on social media, amazing selfies aren’t that easy. Usually for one good selfie, a person takes an average of 20 photos. But if you want to increase the chances that you’ll get one that you’re happy with, use the timer on your smartphone camera. You can set it for a few seconds, so you’ll have time to adjust your position and get your camera angle just right.