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Phone photography 101: CNET's guide to taking better pictures

Master your phone's camera and take your photography to the next level with these mobile phone photography tutorials from CNET.

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So you've got yourself a lovely new phone and you want to head out and take more professional photos with the powerful camera you've now got in your pocket. Or perhaps you're using an older generation phone and want to squeeze everything you can out of your pictures. Lucky you, as CNET has been busy testing every feature of today's phone cameras, and we've put together a whole range of how-to guides that will take you through everything you need to start taking incredible images using just your phone camera. 

If you're keen to learn more, bookmark this page, as we'll be updating it with new content as it gets published. So treat this article as your comprehensive guide to mastering cell phone photography.

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Start here: Basic cell phone photography tips and tricks

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In this guide, we take you through the main steps you'll need to take to start shooting better-looking images on Android or iPhone, from composition tips to using manual control and editing for impact. 


Take amazing landscape photos using your phone's camera

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If snagging glorious landscape images on your travels is more your thing, this guide will explain how to use the weather, natural light and composition to your advantage when shooting with just a phone.


How to take macro photos (close-up shots) with any phone

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More interested in the tiny world under your feet? In this guide we show what additional lenses you'll need to capture intimate macro details of insects and other wildlife on any phone.


Take badass car pics with your phone

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If you love all things automotive, then step this way. We take an Aston Martin DBS Superleggera to some beautiful countryside to shoot the car with just a phone.


The only action sports photography tutorial you need

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Heading out to the skate park with your mates this weekend? Read through our tips on using light, angles and burst mode to capture awesome action photos.


How to take concert photos with an iPhone

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Maybe you've got tickets for a great concert and want to come away with some great visual memories. Don't be that person spoiling the view with an iPad in the air -- check out our tips for taking great iPhone photos at a rock show.

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