Regardless of the cause, some quick fixes can make your photos look better. Here are a few:
1. Get closer to the subject
When you use a zoom lens, you’re using a telephoto lens, which creates distortion in your image. The further away you are from a subject, the more distortion there will be. Get closer if your subject is far away from where you stand or sit! You’ll get better results as well as be able to include more of the background if needed.
2. Get down low or up high
Sometimes it can be hard to get down low enough to take photos at eye level with your subject. But if you do, it will make for much better-looking images than if you were standing over them, shooting down on them like an adult talking down at a child.
3. Adjust exposure manually
One of the easiest ways to get better results with less effort is to adjust the exposure manually rather than relying on auto-exposure options. Auto-exposure tends to get it wrong more often than getting it right, especially if there are bright areas in your subject or background that confuse the system.
4. Turn off HDR
The HDR feature in your phone’s camera app can make a dramatic difference in the look of your photos, but it’s not always ideal. It can work great for scenes with lots of contrast, like a sunset over the water or a city skyline at night.