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11 Smartphone Photo Tips To Up Your Foodie Game

Focus in on what's important. And don't be afraid to unleash your new skills on the new menu at Bonefish Grill.

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3. Don't zoom.

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Sure, your phone CAN zoom, but that doesn't mean your photo won't look incredibly blurry. If you realize you need to be closer after the photo's been taken, just crop it.

4. Get the phone in real close.

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What are you, afraid of your food? It doesn't bite you, you bite it. Get real personal with your subject matter. But if that's not working for you, you can always buy a clip-on macro lens.

6. Get a photography app.

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To be clear: a photography app like Camera+, not an editing app. Something that'll help you actually take the photo and not just add layers or blurs to it.

7. Manually focus.

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Usually this means double-tapping your screen to let your phone know where to focus. Otherwise, get your subject right in the middle and don't worry about everything on the sides.

8. Check the lighting.

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Get a friend to use something (their smartphone!) to light the subject from behind your camera, otherwise your picture will likely be out of focus and have this ungainly lens flare.

9. Special rules apply for candles.

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Make the subjects the focus so the candles aren't the only thing in the shot; having that friend providing bonus lighting absolutely helps, but double-check to make sure your flash is off or the candles will be drowned out.

11. Use the rule of thirds.

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You know that tic-tac-toe setup that appears whenever you open up your photography app? Use it to split your composition into the world's most aesthetically pleasing simple formula.