Imagine a scenario where your son or daughter gets a brand new smartphone and immediately signs up for Instagram. Like any good parent, you'd want to follow them. Maybe you'd expect a lot of random pictures and goofy poses, but what happens if you're actually really impressed with the quality of the pictures? Maybe you decide it's time for an upgrade of your own.

Now you don't have to lug around your big camera bag when you want to take memorable pictures. All your phones have everything you could possibly need. Everyone loves to capture life's moments in pictures. Here are a few tips on what to look for to find a smartphone with a great camera, and some tips on how to get the most out it.

A higher megapixel camera and bigger screen make for better pictures and videos.

Primero lo primero... Get a phone with a camera that has a higher megapixel count...and a bigger screen to make editing your pictures and videos easier. There are a lot of great choices out there, but going with a phone that has at least a 12 megapixel camera is a great place to start. Some phones have big HD screens, too. Those are really good for seeing all the details when you're cropping or editing color. A few noteworthy choices may include Apple's iPhone 8, Google's Pixel 5 or the LG Wing from LG.

The latest camera features let you do more with your snapshots and videos.

Another thing to look for when you're shopping for a phone are some of the extra camera features that newer phones have. The Samsung Galaxy S9 has all these preset options that will give you better-looking pictures. And you'll really love playing around with Pro Mode. You can change filters, shutter speed...and you can adjust everything in a few seconds. Pretty amazing. You can even shoot and edit quick HD videos with it and send to other family members.

Crop your picture after you take it instead of zooming in for a close up shot.

When you zoom in, your phone is really just making the image bigger. That means you end up with a blurry mess. Instead, try to get as close as you need to be, then crop the photo after you take it. You should be able to see the difference. Some phones even add a little extra help with features like Selective Focus. That lets you choose what you want to focus on in the picture after you take it. Check out features like this when you're comparing smartphones and think about the ones you'll use the most.

Wide angle lenses take your selfie game to the next level.

Tip number four is about something all parents of teenagers can relate to...the selfie. If you get a new phone with a wide-angle lens, your selfies will be a lot more impressive. Using a wide angle lens, you can fit more of your family and friends in without being so up close and personal. No selfie stick needed. Be sure to check out Verizon's selection of Motorola devices when factorinng in the selfie feature.

You can take lots of quick pictures and select the best one.

Finally...You don't have to worry about wasting film, so go ahead and take lots of pictures. With most new phones, you can just hold the button down to snap as many as you want, then pick the best one. Simple as that. There's always more to learn about smartphone photography, but luckily Verizon makes it easy to upgrade for when the next advancement comes along.


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