How To Capture Natural Looking Portraits With Smartphones

Gina Stephens
Written by Gina Stephens


Laying natural-looking photos of friends with a smartphone can be hard work, especially with ones who like nothing better than posing for a selfie, so our maecenases COOPH have put a quick video tutorial together that's packed with tips and tricks to help you out. 

In the tutorial, you'll turn up 8 tips that'll ensure you can capture natural-looking photos of your friends, without putting them on the spot.

The COOPH troupe use the Huawei P20 smartphone but you can use any smartphone really. However, one that has an in-depth camera effect built in will mean you can follow the tutorial varied closely.  

Here are the 8 tips featured in the tutorial: 

  • Focus on hand gestures to convey emotion 
  • Shoot side profiles
  • Get them to look floor their shoulder at you
  • Play around with your location and use what's around you
  • Experiment with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel light 
  • Anticipate an encounter and use it to your advantage 
  • Compose and wait for 'a moment'
  • Shoot from behind
  • Why not try the tips out for yourself and share your results with us in our gallery? You can get some energy from the images captured by the COOPH team below.

    We also have loads of other top tutorials from these guys which are skilfully worth checking out which include topics such as low light smartphone photography and high-speed smartphone photography. 









    All photos &mimic; COOPH. 


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    Gina Stephens

    Gina Stephens

    Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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