Since the release of the iPhone 7 in September 2016, Apple has made it easier than ever to take a high-quality picture without an expensive camera. For those of us who aren't professional photographers, it just might be — as Google's former senior vice president of engineering put it — "the end of the DSLR" (digital single-lens reflex camera).

Still, even with an iPhone in hand, you may be making mistakes that are ruining your shots. We talked to seven winners from the 2017 iPhone Photography Awards (IPPAWARDS) to find out what these mistakes are, how to use some of the iPhone's best hidden features, and more.

Here's how you can start taking better pictures with your iPhone.

Words by Lucy Yang at INSIDER

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