<p>In capable hands, a camera phone—the most widely used kind of camera in history—can produce compelling images. In this gallery, get tips for taking the best shots wherever you go.</p> <p>A mobile phone snapped this shot of a young girl playing in a water fountain in Horsham West Sussex, England.</p> <p><i>(This photo was submitted to Your Shot.)</i></p> <p><b>Photo Tip</b>: Avoid direct sunlight. Your subjects will be cooler, happier, and more attractively lit if they don’t have a sunbeam hitting them in the face. If it’s an overcast day, you’re in luck. This is one of the best outdoor lighting situations for photographing people. If it’s a sunny day, have your subjects stand in the brightest patch of shade you can find.</p> <p><a href="http://shop.nationalgeographic.com/ngs/product/photography/photography-guides/the-camera-phone-book">Buy <i>The Camera Phone Book</i> » </a></p>

Fountain Portrait, England

In capable hands, a camera phone—the most widely used kind of camera in history—can produce compelling images. In this gallery, get tips for taking the best shots wherever you go.

A mobile phone snapped this shot of a young girl playing in a water fountain in Horsham West Sussex, England.

(This photo was submitted to Your Shot.)

Photo Tip: Avoid direct sunlight. Your subjects will be cooler, happier, and more attractively lit if they don’t have a sunbeam hitting them in the face. If it’s an overcast day, you’re in luck. This is one of the best outdoor lighting situations for photographing people. If it’s a sunny day, have your subjects stand in the brightest patch of shade you can find.

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Photograph by Dean Coe, Your Shot

How to Take Camera Phone Pictures

Get tips for taking great photos with your camera phone in this how-to photo gallery, from National Geographic.

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