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Life’s too short to sit back and let everyone else rack up all those likes. With a few quick tricks, your Instagram feed will pull a 180. Here, six ways to take better photos on your phone. And nope, no special skills required.

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If Your Pictures Are Blurry

You need a tripod--but not the bulky old-school kind. We’re talking the new generation of tabletop tripods that are small enough to carry in your purse. Check out one with bendy legs. You can use them to wrap around handrails for shooting in parks.

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If Your Shots Just Look Super Ordinary

Photos just kind of blah? Try focusing on one element of the shot--say, a flower in the foreground rather than the whole field--by tapping on that part of the image. You’ll see a yellow box form around the element that will be sharpest of all. And overall, your snap will totally pop.

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If Your Pictures Lack Some Photography 101 Basics

Compose your shots using the Rule of Thirds--basically, it dictates placing points of interest (like people’s faces, or a house on the horizon) off-center since that is where viewer’s eyes gravitate to first. Go to Settings>Photos & Camera>Grid and turn on the Grid option to see where grid lines intersect--that’s where you should put your subject.

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If Your Colors Are Muddy or Shots Too Dark

Download Slow Shutter Cam, the app that lets you take long exposure pictures, so you’re getting tons more exposure and thus more color and light. The only downside is that you’ll need to learn to steady your device on a table or wall, or use a tripod, to make sure your photos don’t come out blurry.

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If You Want to Take Better Selfies

Yes, holding the camera slightly above your eye line is a universally more flattering angle.

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If You Want to Take Even Better Selfies

Lie down flat and hold the camera above you. It’s an instant de-puffer and mini face-lift. And--selfie rules be damned!--get someone else to hold the camera a little farther away than your arm's length to minimize distortion. (There’s a reason this was one of last year’s most-liked Instagram posts.)

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