How to Get Portrait Mode on iPhone 8, 7 and Older iPhones

How to Use Portrait Mode on iPhone 7, 6s, 6, 5s and iPhone SE

The unique selling point (USP) of iPhone 7 Plus is the dual-camera system. Ever since it was launched amid much fanfare, both fans and experts have adored its ability to capture stunning shots. During the “iPhone event”, Apple showcased iPhone 7 Plus’ exclusive feature-“Portrait Mode”, which excels in capturing photos with the DSLR-like depth of field and blur/bokeh effects. It instantly became the envy of other iPhone and iPad users—including iPhone 7!

“Portrait Mode” is available in iOS 10.1. I have tested this all new feature on iPhone 7 Plus and found it really impressive. What if you want to use “Portrait Mode” on your iPhone 7 or older iPhone including iPhone 5s, iPhone 6/6 Plus, iPhone 6s/6s Plus, iPhone SE? Don’t be disappointed at all as there is a way to capture photos in “Portrait Mode” on your iPhone 7, iPhone 5s or later.

How to Use Portrait Mode on iPhone 7, 6s/6s Plus, 6/6Plus, SE and iPhone 5s

Meet “FabFocus” a superb camera app primed to let you use Portrait Mode on your iPhone 7/iPhone 5s or above. Moreover, it’s superb in terms of letting you add the DSLR-like bokeh or blur effects to your shots.

It’s also compatible with iPad Air or above, iPad mini 2 or above, iPad Pro. You can download it for $3.99 from App Store.

Step #1. Once you have downloaded FabFocus on your compatible iPhone, launch it. You would need to allow it to access your Camera and Photos.

Allow Camera and Photos Access to FabFocus iPhone App

Step #2. Next, capture a nice photo as usual by tapping on the shutter button at the bottom center.

Capture Photo Using FabFocus iPhone App

If you wish to capture selfie, tap on the front-camera icon at the top left corner, give a cool pose and then tap on the shutter button.

Step #3. Now, you need to tap on the Start button at the bottom center to have the background blur effect.

Tap on Start in FabFocus iPhone App to Get Blur Background Effect Photo

In case, you have captured the pic of any object or if more than one faces are in the image, this app will let you know that it didn’t find any face and allow you to add blur effect manually.

Use Portrait Mode on iPhone 7 and Older iPhones

Edit Your Photos

Step #1. After you have captured any photo, tap on the Edit button at the bottom.

Tap on Edit Button in FabFocus iPhone App

Step #2. Next, you need to use the brush to select the specific area which you want to highlight. To do so, simply drag the brush over the portion of face or object.

Select Area to Blur in FabFocus iPhone App

There is also an option to let you paint the specific portion which you wish to highlight. Tap on the paint button at the bottom and then drag the brush over the portion to select.

Just in case, you want to erase any part, use the button to highlight it, tap on the eraser button at the bottom, then tap on tick mark.

Erase Area in Photo in FabFocus iPhone App

You have the option to increase/decrease the size of the brush. Simply drag the button at the top towards right or left to adjust the brush size.

Increase Blur Area in Photos using FabFocus iPhone App

Step #3. Tap on the upward looking arrow at the bottom left corner to access the additional editing options.

You can change the shape of the blur effect. As for instance, choose heart shape, circle, triangle to be the shape of the bokeh effect. Adjust the intensity of the blur effect. Select the option at the bottom.

Change Blur Options in FabFocus iPhone App

Tap on the downward arrow to return to the normal editing screen.

Step #4. Once you are satisfied with your editing, tap on the tick mark at the bottom right corner to confirm the change.

If you want to save to camera roll or share your pic on Facebook or email it to your friend, tap on the Share button at the bottom right corner and then select the medium in the share sheet.

Save Blur Effect Photo to iPhone Camera Roll

Add Blur Effect to Your Existing Photos

You can also add blur effect to your existing photos.

Step #1. Simply open the FabFocus app.

Step #2. Tap on the albums button at the bottom. Then, select the photos you want to add blur effect.

Add Blur Effect to Existing Photo on iPhone

Step #3. Now, follow the steps mentioned above to manually add the blur effect to your image.

Advance Settings

Use the Advance settings to use this camera app perfectly.

Step #1. Open FabFocus app → tap on the “X” at the top right corner.

Tap X Icon in FabFocus iPhone App

Step #2. Tap on the settings button at the top right corner. Now, select the bokeh shape and adjust the blur intensity.

FabFocus iPhone App Settings

Step #3. Tap on the advanced button to access more options.

FabFocus iPhone App Advance Settings

Now, you have several options like enable play sound, autosave shared images to camera roll, reduce blur for small faces and more.

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The Verdict

FabFocus is indeed a delight for those who wish to put their hands on the iPhone 7 Plus’ Portrait Mode on their unsupported iPhones. Agreed, this camera app may not be on par with the expertise of the phablet’s Portrait Mode but it has the qualities to be an excellent alternative.

What do you think of FabFocus? Do share your views in the comments below.

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