Portrait photography

Portrait Photography Made Easy – Tips from New York Photographer Maxwell Alexander

Cell phones have become a popular technological gadget that you can take anywhere you want. You can capture moments with just a click of your camera, unlike when you have to bring your professional or digital camera, which can be very inconvenient. If you browse through the various sites on the network, you will find millions and millions of photos taken with a cell phone camera and yet producing very distinct and attractive portraits of people. Truly, portrait photography has evolved and come a long way!

Cell Phone Portrait Photography Made Easy – Photography Tips by Maxwell Alexander

So let’s take a look at this innovative hobby of taking photos freely by just using phones and uploading them to websites. Here are some helpful tips on how to catch that beautiful light and turn something ordinary like an ordinary occasion into an unexpected event!

Tips for shooting portraits with your camera phones

1. To flash or not to flash

Some high-end mobile phone cameras now come with flash bulbs ensuring that photos can still be taken in the dark or at night. However, you are likely to get red eyes in your photos if you decide to use a cell phone camera. Why? This is mainly due to the fact that you will be shooting close to the subject or to yourself if you are taking your own shot.

Find an area with enough light for the flash to deflect. And if you’re shooting in the dark, make sure there are no mirrors to reflect and intensify the light. Even better, you can cover the flash with a shiny material to dim the brightness.

2. Where to look

You don’t always have to look directly at the camera. Find a space and focus on that space instead. Go inside and look as if you were not looking at anything. Diffuse emotions through the eyes without having to look directly into the lens for a more dramatic effect.

3. Use your camera features

Increasing the brightness would result in a smoother photo, and increasing the darkness would draw the eyes to the brighter areas of the photos, such as the eyes of specific facial features. You can still create dramatic images just by playing around with the different features of your camera phone.

4. Closer please

Don’t be afraid to come closer. This will capture the real emotion behind the eyes and draw attention to details such as skin texture, eye pigments or skin shine.

5. Try different faces

A portrait photo doesn’t always have to contain a subject full of smiles. Even Mona Lisa barely smiled at her portrait, remember? You’d be surprised to find that there’s so much you can hide and at the same time expose your personality when trying to put different faces and looks on camera. Experience it and see for yourself.

6. Modify if necessary

Make sure to edit your photos before finally uploading them to the websites. If you have red eyes in your photos, you can reduce
them by selecting certain programs from your camera. Simply adjust your camera’s brightness and contrast, or better yet, change the colors of the original photo.

7. Get props, pose

Be innovative! Remember that of the millions of photos on the various websites we have access to, 95% of them show very simple and straightforward photos of people smiling, baring their teeth and rarely doing anything unusual. Pick up anything, drop anywhere and anyhow. Don’t be mediocre and be out of the ordinary!

The main thing is to capture what is real. The main purpose of portrait photography is to capture people’s emotions and actions, knowingly or outright, and retaining them for the rest of their lives. You don’t need a photography class to develop an eye for beauty. You can start learning the art of portrait photography just by using that little gadget that you always have in your pocket, your cell phone.
Simply take portraits from different angles using various color effects. Master the art of portrait photography by practicing zooming in and out to blur or bring backgrounds into focus. Experiment with lighting so you know how to get a really good angle for close-up shots. You will be amazed at how professional the images would look on your homepage when you upload them.

Lifestyle and Portrait Photography by Maxwell Alexander (Hudson Valley, New York) – Duncan Avenue Studios