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

While shooting Portraits, I like using different lighting effects to highlight the subject. If you are yet to put your hands on this impressive camera feature, follow along to capture Portrait Mode photo with different lighting effects on your iPhone Xs, Xs Max or XR.

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.

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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.)

Open Camera app and select Portrait on iPhone XS Max

Step #2. Now, you need to swipe to choose the different lighting effects in the viewfinder.

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You have multiple options like:

Natural Light: It lets you simply focus on the subject by blurring the background.

Take Portrait Mode Photo With Natural Light Effect on iPhone Xs, Xs Max, and XR

Studio Light: Take advantage of it to brighten facial features.

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Take Portrait Mode Photo With Studio Light Effect on iPhone Xs, Xs Max, and XR

Contour Light: Use it to add dramatic directional lighting to your shots.

Take Portrait Mode Photo With Contour Light Effect on iPhone Xs, Xs Max, and XR

Stage Light: If you wish to put the entire spotlight on your subject, try it out.

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Take Portrait Mode Photo With Stage Light Effect on iPhone Xs, Xs Max, and XR

Stage Light Mono: Offer the stage light to your shot in a classic black and white.

Take Portrait Mode Photo With Stage Light Mono Effect on iPhone Xs, Xs Max, and XR

Step #3. Once you have chosen the desired lighting effect and perfectly aligned the focus, hit the shutter button to snap the pic.

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Take Portrait Mode Photo With Lighting Effect on iPhone Xs, Xs Max, and XR

That’s it!

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.

Tap on Edit in Portrait Mode Photo in iOS Photos App

Step #3. Next, swipe to select a different lighting effect in the viewfinder.

Change Portrait Lightning Effect on iPhone Xs, Xs Max or XR

Step #4. Next up, tap on Done to confirm.

Tap on Done to Save the Change of Portrait Lightning Effect in iOS Photos App

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.

Tap on Edit in Portrait Mode Photo in iOS Photos App

Step #3. Next, hit the Portrait option at the top center.

Tap on Portrait option to Remove Portrait Mode Effect in iOS Photos App

Step #4. Next up, tap on Done to confirm the change.

Tap on Done to Save the Changes in iOS Photos App

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!

Wrapping Up…

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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Rajesh Mishrahttps://www.igeeksblog.com
Tracking down the trending stories that are making headlines on the Internet and exploring Apple devices are what appeal Rajesh the most. Aside from catching up with the fun-loving videos and FPS, he likes playing badminton and composing poems.
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