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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesVisual ArtsPhotography · 9 months ago

Can I do a portrait photography career with an iPhone?

I can do it with an iPhone that looks rather professional, imo. I’ve practiced on a few of my family. Sure, there can be more improvement which requires practice.

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  • joedlh
    Lv 7
    9 months ago
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    Yes, if your specialization is portraits for social media. Camera phones have improved greatly. However, they are still limited by the physics of small optics and sensor. You will get better quality photos that are suitable for large prints from a camera with a larger lens and sensor.

    The other aspect is the client's expectations. It is true that a skilled photographer can get good photos from a cell phone and an unskilled photographer will get poor images from a Hasselblad. However, the consumer will perceive the larger camera as more "professional".

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  • 8 months ago

    Portrait Photography Career with an IPhone will not work.

    But, you can use an iPhone to capture beautiful Portraits of your friends and family, which can be shared in social media. The quality of the image would be pretty decent, especially with the Portrait mode feature. you can take good prints.

    But, no one will hire you as a portrait photographer unless you have a good DSLR or mirrorless camera with good portrait lenses. Your portfolio of portrait images is also important when it comes to Portrait photography as a career.

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  • 8 months ago

    yes, casey mcperry, a well known instagram photographer proved this by using his iphone only, his iphone photography account on instagram is @lostmycamera, his main instagram account is @caseymcperry

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  • Frank
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    No. Simply because the lens in a smartphone is wide angle. Wide-angle lenses should never be used for portraiture because they distort the facial features making people look ugly. You must use an interchangeable lens camera such as a DSLR or a mirrorless, but never a smartphone.

    The new iPhone 11 has a 52mm (35mm equivalent) lens, but that's is still too short. You need to be using a focal length somewhere between 85mm~200mm for portraits in order to flatten the perspective which makes people look more attractive than they do in real life. The lens in smartphones has waaaaay too much distortion making it the worst possible camera for portraiture.

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  • 9 months ago

    Has anyone asked to purchase one of your photographs from your iPhone? No? Well, there's your answer!

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  • John P
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    The very fact that you need to ask that question must surely suggest to you the most likely answer!

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  • 9 months ago

    No, you need a better camera to be a professional.

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  • keerok
    Lv 7
    9 months ago
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  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    Career? As in a lifelong stream of flowing income? Using nothing but an iphone? Dream on.

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  • .
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    No. Just compare the image size. On my phone, images are usually about 1.3 MB. But on my real camera, they're closer to 7 MB. The extra size means more quality.

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