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Whether your social media account is full of pictures of your kids, your pets, your travels, or everything in-between, chances are you’re using your phone as a window into your world. So how can you take your iPhone-quality photos to the next level? Canadian photographers Kael Rebick and Matt Barnes are here to help with iPhone photography secrets.

Keep it simple

Don’t over-complicate your photo. Too many details can be distracting and a busy scene makes it hard to create a beautiful composition. All you need is one interesting subject to take a great picture.

@helmutthepug and Grumpy old man ❤️ #pugsofinstagram #pugs #pugsnotdrugs #pug #puglife

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Shoot from a low angle

Chest height might be the most convenient way to take your shot, but there are more creative options. Think outside the box. Shooting from a lower angle makes the photo more interesting and shows the world from a new perspective.

@xobetseyjohnson bridal 💙 @igeeeeezy

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Show depth

Creating depth helps draw the viewer’s eye into the scene, which is especially important in landscape photography. Roads, paths, railway tracks, rivers and fences are great for depth. Shooting through a frame is a good trick, too.

Most beautiful light in the mountains

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Capture close-up detail

This is especially important when the subject has intricate details, like flowers, leaves, water droplets and other textured objects. It’s a good technique to use in portrait photography.

Last spring in New York

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Take silhouette photos

These shots are easy to achieve and catch the viewer’s attention. Shoot towards the light to create a silhouette. Tip: This works best during golden hours of sunrise and sunset.

Include shadows

Photographing shadows adds a sense of mystery and intrigue. Fact: The longest shadows appear when the sun is low in the sky.

Photograph reflections

You can find reflections on many different surfaces like glass, metal, and ice. Water is the best surface for reflection photography.

You make it easy to watch the world with love

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Use symmetry

If you have two main subjects, position them in diagonal alignment. This encourages the viewer’s gaze to flow through the scene. If everyone is on one side of the frame, your photo can look unbalanced.

Edit your photos with VSCO filders

VSCO presets allow you to apply beautiful filters that enhance your pic in seconds. The filters are pretty subtle, so it’s really difficult for you to over-edit.