It’s largely been accepted that smartphone cameras are nothing to scoff at. In fact, when you’re traveling, they might just be the best gear you can carry: inconspicuous, lightweight and pocket-sized. And if you ever wanted to do more than take simple landscape and street shots with your phone, portraiture may be the next big step. Here’s how:
Top 10 Tips for iPhone Portrait Photography
- Always ask permission—you can more often get a better shot with a comfortable subject.
- Expose for skin—Not the sky, not the buildings, but their skin tone.
- Find soft light—Harsh light is obviously not ideal for human portraits.
- Keep the eyes in focus—If nothing else, make sure they are, because the eyes are what draw people’s attention.
- Stay an arm’s length away from your subject—it’s neither too close nor too far.
- The default iPhone app is best—This one’s debatable, but Hollingsworth is pretty convinced.
- Bracket exposure with the compensation slider—That way you can blend them afterward, or at least be sure you got a correctly exposed shot.
- Keep HDR mode on—Because, well, why not?
- Share photos with your subjects—It’s weird to take a photo of someone and then walk away from them.
- Try both horizontals and verticals—Since you can’t adjust your lens, you should feel free to adjust whatever you can.