How to take professional portrait photos with your iPhone or Android phone

Leaf through most people’s camera rolls and you’ll find that portraits are, alongside dog photos, one of the most popular forms of smartphone snapping. While there’s nothing wrong with point-and-shoot snaps, those photos could likely get a serious boost from just a few small tweaks – and that’s what we’ll be showing you in this handy guide to nailing portrait shots.

There are lots of reasons why using a smartphone is a good idea when it comes to portrait photography. For a start, most are equipped with some kind of Portrait or Aperture mode, which you can use to recreate the effect of using a DSLR or mirrorless camera to separate your beaming subject from their background.