4 Brilliant Smartphone Camera Hacks

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They say the best camera is the one you already have on you — which is why our smartphones have become the go-to device for capturing life's cherished moments. But let's face it: the results can often leave something to be desired. These simple tips and tricks will help transform your photos from amateur to impressive!

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DIY Tripods Using Office Supplies

What you will need:

  • black binder clips (the large ones work best)
  • heavy poster board
  • scissors

Instructions:

For tripod #1, attach two of the binder clips on the long side of the smartphone for a quick and steady holder.

For tripod #2, cut heavy poster board into four pieces (click here for a printable template). Two pieces will have notches to hold the phone, and the other two pieces of poster board will be the "legs."

The final step is to attach your headphones — when you press the plus button it takes a photo (perfect for "no-arm selfies").

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Fix Camera Cloudiness… With Scotch Tape!

What you will need:

  • clear scotch tape

Instructions:

Using a small piece of clear scotch tape over the lens will help fix cloudy images from scratches, and it can also bring down the lens flare caused by cracks. Check out these before-and-after images!

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Take Underwater Pictures

What you will need:

  • a drinking glass that fits your smartphone

Instructions:

Place your phone in the empty glass, then slowly lower the glass into the water half-way. Do not submerge the glass, so that it is still boyant, keeping your camera dry as you take underwater photos. You can use your headphones as a remote shutter on this one too!

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Snap On Some Fun Accessories

What you will need:

  • an Olloclip lens accessory, which can be purchased at most electronic stores for about $70

Instructions:

The Olloclip is a lens accessory for the iPhone that offers different lens options like Fisheye and Wide-Angle in one small, convenient package. It easily fits in your pocket or purse and it's super easy to clip onto your smartphone camera.

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