How to Use Depth Control on iPhone Xs, Xs Max, and iPhone XR

Apple has taken iPhone photography to the next level by introducing more advanced bokeh effects and adding depth control to portrait mode photography. Here is how to use depth control on your latest iPhone Xs, Xs Max, and iPhone XR.

Apple has improved its portrait mode feature in its iPhone Xs/Xs Max and iPhone XR. To deliver more realistic bokeh effect, Apple has optimized its camera software. This means, you can get the best images by using depth control on your iPhone Xs/Xs Max and iPhone XR.

Last year, in iPhone X, users could use Portrait Mode in the camera app. This year, Apple made an important improvement. If you have updated latest iOS 12.1 beta 1 (Developer or Public beta), you can use depth control on your iPhone Xs/Xs Max and iPhone XR while clicking a picture and even after taking a photo.

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How to Use Portrait Mode Depth Control on iPhone Xs Max, Xs, and iPhone XR

Every year, Apple brings new improvements in the camera app. Earlier, Apple introduced portrait mode in its iPhone 7, and gradually, the brand has updated its app to deliver immaculate performance.

If you are new to your device and want to know what depth control can do, it can adjust the strength of blur behind the subject captured even after taking a photo in Portrait Mode.

Step #1. Launch the camera app on your iPhone.

Launch camera app on iPhone Xs Max

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You can also use 3D Touch to bring up Portrait Mode option on your iPhone Xs/Xs Max.

3D Touch to bring up Portrait Mode on your iPhone Xs Max

Step #2. Select Portrait Mode from the carousal given above the shutter button → Tap on the button seen (f 5.0) in the top right corner of your phone screen.

Select Portrait Mode then tap on button in top right corner to bring Depth Control on iPhone X Max

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A measuring line appears at the bottom of the picture you want to capture. This is a depth measurement line, where wider aperture means more blur and smaller aperture means less blur.

Use Portrait Mode Depth Control on iPhone Xs Max, Xs, and iPhone XR

You can slide right to add more blur (smaller f-stop value) or slide left to bring less blur (larger f-stop value).

Step #4. Once you adjust the blur effect, tap the shutter button to capture a subject in portrait mode.

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Tap on shutter button to capture portrait photo on iPhone Xs Max

In case you are not happy with the blur effects, you don’t need to capture an image second time. Follow the steps given below.

Step #5. Tap on Edit button.

Tap on Edit captured Portrait Mode photo on iPhone Xs Max

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Again you will see that depth control interface, which allows you to edit your image.

Use Depth Control on the iPhone Xs or Xs Max and iPhone XR

Step #6. Once you achieve a perfect blur effect, tap on Done.

Tap on Done Once you achieve a perfect blur effect on iPhone Xs Max

Your take…

For iPhone photographers, depth control is a significant feature to use. Apple has improved this, and there will be other improvements in its next line-up.

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Jignesh Padhiyar
Jignesh Padhiyar is the founder of who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around iPhone and iPad.


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