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Always take pictures with the camera app first

Taking pictures with the camera app will allow you get that perfect shot as well as allow you to take advantage of the iPhone’s built in HDR function. The HDR function can be particularly useful for shots of still objects or landscapes outdoors in sunny conditions or high-contrast lighting situations. Also, using your iPhone camera you can save the original without filters for your files or for editing on your computer (or using one of the many iPhone editing apps). And finally, your iPhone camera app has some useful features like a focus and exposure lock mode.

But, remember that your iPhone camera doesn’t shoot in the 1:1 ratio used by Instagram so you will have to crop your images (keep that in mind when framing, sometimes just taking a step back can give the perspective needed for when you crop the photo).

Get an awesome photo editing app. We recommend Snapseed.

Snapseed aims to make photo editing simple and is full of features that let you do everything from selectively adjust portions of the photo, rotate/straighten, center focus to grab attention, and much more.

Price: $4.99

If you want a free option, Camera Awesome is…well…awesome. And it can be supplemented with in-app purchases if isn’t awesome enough for you on its own.

Follow people you’re interested in and also people who share your interests.

There are hundreds of celebrities, influential people, and just regular folks with interesting perspectives that share awesome photos all the time.

Follow the celebrities and thought leaders you admire to get a glimpse into their lives and to get inspiration for your own photos

Also, using hashtags and tools like seeing what photos the people you follow have liked you can often find other Instagramers who have similar interests to you and who make great images. And if they are people who are interested in what you are interested in they are more likely to find you feed cool and follow you back.

But, the best reason to find and follow interesting people is so that you will have a constant stream of interesting photos in your feed.

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