8 Quick Tips For Taking Beautiful iPhone Portrait Photos

Do you struggle to take good portrait photos of people with your iPhone? There’s a lot to think about with portrait photography including subject, location, light, focus and composition. But with a few simple techniques you’ll soon be able to capture the true personality of your subject in the most flattering light. In this short article you’ll discover eight quick and easy tips for taking incredible portrait photos with your iPhone.

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1. Make your subject feel at ease so that you capture their true personality, allowing you to tell a better story and evoke emotion and feeling in the viewer.

2. Avoid strong sunlight that will cast unsightly shadows on your subject’s face. The soft light of golden hour or an overcast day is more flattering for portrait photography.

3. For indoor portraits, position your subject near a window to illuminate them with natural light.

4. Find an interesting setting for your photo shoot, but keep the background simple so that your subject doesn’t get lost within the scene.

5. For close-up head shots, tap to set focus on the eyes to ensure they’re the sharpest part of the image.

6. Pose your subject in interesting ways to create more dynamic shots that convey the person’s personality.

7. Use props to add a fun, interesting or beautiful element to your shots.

8. If you don’t have a willing subject, try photographing strangers in the street or creating unique self portraits of yourself.

Quick Tips Cheat Sheet

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iPhone Portrait Quick Tips

In-Depth Tutorials On Taking iPhone Portrait Photos

To learn more about creating stunning iPhone portrait photos, check out our in-depth tutorials where you’ll discover more great shooting and editing techniques, as well as plenty of inspirational photos of people!

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