Although these tips are actually intended for users of Android phones, actually these tips can also be applied on other phones.
1. Get close
This is the most important trick in good portrait photos. That is the closer the distance between the camera and the subject, the blur or bokeh on the background of the photo will increasingly appear.
2. Increase the distance between the subject and the background
In addition to bringing the camera closer to the subject, moving the subject away from the background will also bring up the bokeh.
3. Tap on the face
Don’t forget to also tap the subject on the mobile screen to adjust the focus and exposure. This is mandatory, especially if the lighting in the background of the photo is much stronger than the subject. Slider at the bottom of the screen can also be used to adjust exposure.
4. Put the subject in the front
The resulting bokeh will be better if the subject is placed at the front of the alias foreground. This also emphasizes the subject in the photo.
5. Change perspective
Unique photo angles can also make photos more interesting. For example, low angle to imitate the point of view of children or animals, or can also take pictures from above to highlight the shape or graphic components of an object.
6. Rule of third
This is the most basic photography tips, which is to put the subject in the frame with the rule of third. The easy way is to make each of the two imaginary lines vertically and horizontally for guidance, and the subject must be placed at the point where the lines intersect.
Or the easy way, turn on the 3×3 grid option rhyme on the phone’s camera to bring up the imaginary line. Easy tricks like this will produce a photo composition that is (usually) better than a composition that is ‘dead center’, aka placing the subject in the center of the photo.
7. Make it simpler
A photo can fail in storytelling if too many objects distract from the subject. This can be overcome by simplifying the details in the photo.
Don’t forget to double-check the edges of the photo frame before pressing the shutter button. This is to ensure that no unwanted objects enter the frame.
8. Take advantage of the line
Try to look for lines such as bricks, tiles, stairs, or lines in the building and put them in a photo to create perspective. This line serves to direct the attention of the photo to the subject and give a deep impression on the photo.
9. Lighting is everything
You really can’t always adjust the lighting when you are going to take pictures, but the alternative is you can certainly find a place with better lighting conditions. For example, photographing outdoors, or changing the direction of the camera in accordance with the light.
Daytime with a very hot sun is also not a good condition for photographing because the light is too ‘hard’. Usually, this condition will bring up a black shadow under the eyes. For that, you can use clouds to produce finer light.
Taking pictures at night can be overcome by using a friend’s cell phone flash that is turned on in flashlight mode to illuminate the subject.
10. Stay away from the crowd
Portrait mode works better when all subjects are at the same distance from the camera. This can be achieved more easily when photographing a small number of people.