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PostPoints tip: Take less awful cameraphone pictures

Photos taken with the cameras on most mobile phones have a deserved reputation for awfulness. But you can get better results from your cameraphone if you understand its limitations and try to work around them. First, remember its shutter lag--the time between you pressing a button to take a shot and it actually recording the image. Hold the camera steady for several seconds, not just when you press its shutter button. (This may mean giving up on some action shots.) Second, use two hands to keep the phone steady--better yet, hold it sideways to reduce the odds of you moving the entire phone when you depress its shutter. Third, even if it has a flash, expect that to help less than a regular camera's flash. Fourth, take more photos than you plan on keeping, on the assumption that some of them still won't work despite your best efforts. (That's a good idea with any camera, actually.)

By Rob Pegoraro  |  October 6, 2009; 9:47 AM ET
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