Did you know: here is how you can take better portrait pictures on your smartphone


So you don't have a ton of money to spend on a fancy DSLR or a mirrorless camera, but you still want to take great portrait pictures... what do you do?

Photography is an art that is not just about gear, but sometimes it helps knowing the limitations of your tools to make better use of them. That's where your smartphone comes in. If you have one of the latest top-grade smartphones, chances are that you have a great camera that you can use to take some stunning images. Unfortunately, it comes with a wide-angle lens (smartphones ship with around 30mm lens) and that is just not a good fit for portrait photography.

Such a wide-angle lens forces you to be way too close for comfort and makes the features of the face appear unnaturally grotesque. Luckily, you can fix that easily with a clip-on lens, and in this short tutorial we show you how a clip-on lens like the OlloClip with Telephoto (2x magnification) module works to fix those issues. We have used the OlloClip Telephoto + CPL Lens for this tutorial (a $100 value), but you can also use the OlloClip Active Lens, and both are available for purchase over at olloclip.com. With this in mind, let's take a look at how to use these to take better portrait pictures with your smartphone.

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9 Comments

1. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

I'm just going to extend my arm a little more, tyvm.

2. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

You just don't good lens or camera, you need good lighting conditions too.

3. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

hahaha... this is a nice article... thanks to the lady for being our model of the day

4. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Front camera has to be the least used thing on my phone but nice tip anyway.

5. devorama

Posts: 19; Member since: Aug 06, 2012

You can do this without an add-on lens. You can just shoot from the same distance you would have with the telephoto, but crop the image. You'll get a lower resolution final result, but the same perspective.

6. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

This has to be one of THE most ridiculous articles I have ever read. Ask any good portrait photographer and you will quickly find that the art is in the lighting and posing. The lens perspective does have a lot to do with it also, which is why so many photographers love the 85-105mm lenses for portraiture. Lighting is HUGE and isn't even mentioned in this article. I can take really good portrait with my phone without the silly lens attachment. Take your photo and crop. What is MUCH MUCH more important is getting the lighting right.

7. 8ozchickenbreast unregistered

Not to mention it seems like PA is deliberately setting up the "without" photos to look terrible, reposition the body, phone, tilting heads, and sacking angles.

8. kach22

Posts: 153; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

You guys above commenting are not getting it. It's just an advertisement for clip on lens and IPhone 6s. Trust me, after seeing this a lot of people going to buy an iPhone and then an olloclip lens.

9. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

If you have Hundreds / Thousands of Dollars worth of LIGHTING EQUIPMENT, your photos would look like that too! That's some studio-grade sh#t right there ....PA, stop misleading the readers that a phone alone can do those photos!

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