How to Take Selfies in Portrait Mode on iPhone X

How about taking Portrait Selfies on iPhone X? Jump over to this guide to capture and edit Selfies in Portrait Mode with lighting effects.

For the past few days, I’ve been perfecting my hands on taking portrait selfies on iPhone X. And I must admit that I’ve snapped some of the coolest selfies ever.

Indeed, my selfies had never looked so appealing before. With multiple Portrait Lighting modes available, you have enough luxury to fine-tune your shots to your heart’s liking. So, let the light, camera, and action take center stage!

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How to Take Portrait Selfies on iPhone X

How to Take Selfies With Different Portrait Lighting Mode on iPhone X

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How to Capture Portrait Selfie on iPhone X

Step #1. Launch Camera app on your iPhone.

Step #2. Now, you need to swipe to access Portrait button and tap on it.

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Tap on Portrait Button in iPhone X Camera

Step #3. Next, tap on camera Swap button to switch to the front-facing camera.

Swap iPhone X Camera to Take Portrait Selfie

Step #4. Next up, you have to select Portrait Lighting effect:

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There are five options:

Selfie Portrait Mode Options in iPhone X

Portrait Lighting feature to apply four impressive studio-quality lighting effects to your Portrait mode images.

  • Natural Light: It simply blurs the background for high contrast.
  • Studio Light: It lets you brighten up facial features.
  • Contour Light: It offers dramatic directional lighting.
  • Stage Light: It lets you completely separate your subject in the spotlight.
  • Stage Mono: It allows you to isolate your subject in the spotlight in classic black and white.

Select your preferred lighting effect.

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Step #5. Now, follow Camera app’s prompts.

For instance, it will say “More light required,” “Place subject within 8 feet,” “Move farther away” etc.

Adjust iPhone X Camera to Take Portrait Selfie

After you have properly followed the instructions, the banner at the bottom will turn yellow.

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Set iPhone X Camera to Take Portrait Selfie with Lighting Effect

Note: You will be able to shoot in Portrait mode even if the banner doesn’t turn yellow. However, the photo will not have lighting effects.

Step #6. Finally, hit the shutter button to take your photo.

Take Selfies in Portrait Mode on iPhone X

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That’s it! Now, check out your shot. Doesn’t it look impressive?

Just in case, you are not happy with your photo; you can apply other lighting effects during editing to enhance your pic. Read on.

How to Edit Portrait Photos on iPhone X

You have the option to choose from any of the five lighting effects during editing.

Step #1. Launch Photos app on your iPhone.

Step #2. Now, tap on Portrait mode photo you wish to edit.

Step #3. Next, tap on Edit.

Tap on Edit in Portrait Selfie on iPhone X

Step #4. Next up, you need to tap on the cube in the bottom center of the screen to access the lighting menu.

Tap on Cube Icon in Selfie Portrait Photo on iPhone X

Step #5. Up next, you have to swipe on the cubes to choose an alternate lighting option → Finally, tap on Done to confirm the change.

Edit Portrait Selfie on iPhone X

How to Remove the Portrait Mode Effect on iPhone X

If you have captured photos in Portrait mode but later don’t want the depth effect, you can remove the lighting effect.

Step #1. Launch Photos app on your iPhone and select the selfie you want to change.

Step #2. Now, tap on Edit.

Tap on Edit in Portrait Selfie on iPhone X

Step #3. Next, tap Portrait at the top of your screen. Then tap on Done.

Remove Portrait Effect from Selfie on iPhone X

If you ever want to re-add the Portrait mode effect, simply Edit and tap Portrait again.

How to Revert Portrait Photos to Original on iPhone X

There is also an option to revert portrait photos to the original. When you do it, all the edits will be removed, and this action can’t be undone.

Step #1. Launch Photos app on your iPhone and select the selfie.

Step #2. Now, tap on Edit.

Tap on Edit in Portrait Selfie on iPhone X

Step #3. Tap on Revert at the bottom right corner. And then tap on Revert to Original to confirm.

Revert Portrait Mode in Selfies on iPhone X

That’s it!

Wrap up:

I liked shooting portrait selfies on my iPhone X. What about you? Let me know your feedback about it in the comments below.

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Jignesh Padhiyar
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