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Un­like cam­eras, which have an “op­ti­cal zoom” lens that phys­i­cally moves closer to the sub­ject, phone cam­eras have a digital zoom, which en­larges the cen­ter of the im­age to make it ap­pear nearer. But this en­larges each pixel, lead­ing to a fuzzy shot. That’s why savvy shut­ter­bugs step closer to their sub­ject. “I take ad­van­tage of this trick when­ever I can,” says Kara Markovich, whose photos are so good that they were sold to a stock photo agency. “My fa­vorite shots of peo­ple are when I get su­per close.”

ALSO SMART: To en­sure the still­ness needed to snap a per­fect shot, Michael Lan­cashire, a pho­tog­ra­pher in Tra­verse City, Michi­gan, ad­vises turn­ing your body into a tri­pod: Hold the phone with both hands; stand with legs apart and el­bows pressed into ribs.

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