First introduced on iPhone 7 Plus in 2016, “Portrait Mode” has come a long way. Apple has slowly but steadily enhanced this photography-centric feature that has helped iPhones earned the tag of DSLR killer (sort of.)
And one of the biggest improvements of this feature has been the option to apply studio-quality lighting effects. In this complete guide, we’re going to show how you can get the most out of Portrait Lighting Mode on your iPhone X series.
Just one important thing to note before getting started; iPhone XR doesn’t fully support Portrait Mode. Thus, you will be restricted to snap the images of only people–and not animals or non-living stuff.
How to Take Portrait Mode Photo With Lighting Effect on iPhone Xs, Xs Max, and XR
Step #1. Open Camera app and select Portrait. (Then, you can tap on the camera switch button to switch between a selfie and rear camera.)
Step #2. Now, you need to swipe to choose the different lighting effects in the viewfinder.
You have multiple options like:
Natural Light: It lets you simply focus on the subject by blurring the background.
Studio Light: Take advantage of it to brighten facial features.
Contour Light: Use it to add dramatic directional lighting to your shots.
Stage Light: If you wish to put the entire spotlight on your subject, try it out.
Stage Light Mono: Offer the stage light to your shot in a classic black and white.
Step #3. Once you have chosen the desired lighting effect and perfectly aligned the focus, hit the shutter button to snap the pic.
From now onwards, use these effects smartly to capture perfect selfies or fascinating photos.
How to Change Portrait Lightning Effect
What if you aren’t happy with the lighting effect after snapping the pic and wish to change it? Don’t worry there is a quick way to get it done.
Step #1. Launch Photos app and then find the photo in question.
Step #2. Now, tap on Edit.
Step #3. Next, swipe to select a different lighting effect in the viewfinder.
Step #4. Next up, tap on Done to confirm.
How to Remove the Portrait Mode Effect
While looking at one of your portrait images, you think that it would be better to remove the background blur. It’s just as simple to do.
Step #1. Open the Photos app on your iPhone and head over to the image in question.
Step #2. Now, tap on the Edit button.
Step #3. Next, hit the Portrait option at the top center.
Step #4. Next up, tap on Done to confirm the change.
Later, if you want to re-add the blur effect, follow these same steps above and hit the Portrait option again. Then, make sure to tap on Done to confirm.
There you go!
On the newest iPhones, you can also adjust the depth of field while snapping the shots. If you want to capture better images straightaway, give this new feature a try as well.
What are the new improvements you want to see in the Portrait Mode? Feel free to share your feedback down below.
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