Reese Witherspoon Selfie

It鈥檚 likely that unless you have an avid fascination with photography or you鈥檙e an actual pro, our smartphone cams have replaced point-and-shoots 鈥斅爏ometimes even DSLRs (psst, in case you do have a DSLR, we鈥檙e offering a DSLR online class聽to help you master that too!). Given that more iPhone photos are being shot every day, here are a couple of handy dandy tricks to turn you into an iPhone camera pro so you can get that perfect shot every time.

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1.聽Adjust lighting as you focus. We鈥檝e all been there. You鈥檙e trying to snap the perfect shot, but it鈥檚 simply too dark. You can brighten the exposure on your camera by tapping the screen to focus the shot and simply sliding your finger up and down the screen to adjust the brightness of the image.

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2.聽Lock in your AE/AF. Now that you know how to adjust the lighting, you should also know how to lock that in. AE/AF stands for聽auto-exposure/auto-focus lock. You can easily focus your iPhone camera by tapping the screen when you鈥檙e in your camera. Holding down your finger to focus (for approximately two seconds) will automatically lock in the focus and lighting that you want for a series of photos 鈥 so you don鈥檛 have to keep adjusting and refocusing after each shot. Of course, this only works if the lighting is the same.

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3.聽Achieve the perfect crop every time. Did you know you can actually perfectly crop your image from directly within your iPhone鈥檚 photo app? You can achieve this by going into Photos and selecting the image you want. Then, from the upper right hand corner, tap on Edit. Once you get to the Edit screen, you鈥檒l see a little symbol for various cropping sizes in the bottom right hand corner. Tap on that, and it brings up a pop up that will allow you to choose if you鈥檇 like a a perfect square crop, 2:3, 3:5 and several more options. Handy!

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(Reese photo via Christopher Polk/Getty)