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Here are our tips for capturing beautiful portraits with an iPhone

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Portrait mode is a feature that has landed with iPhone 7 Plus. It uses the double objective camera which is located at the back and allows to create an effect of artistic depth. The focus is on the subject and the background is blurred.

Note that if you use Portrait mode with Portrait lighting mode, then you can get "studio quality" photos.

Which iPhone models have Portrait mode functionality?

Unfortunately, some people bought iPhones with the hope of using Portrait mode, only to find out that it isn't available on theirs.

Indeed, this functionality is only present on the iPhone 7 Plus, 8 Plus, XS and 11.

The reason you can't get Portrait mode on iPhone 6, iPhone 7, or iPhone 8 is that it needs a dual sensor camera.

Activate portrait mode

Now that you know what Portrait Mode is and which iPhones are equipped with it, it's important to know where it is on yours and how to use it.

There are three ways to access your Camera app:

  • To push on the camera icon directly on the lock screen
  • Go through Control center by swiping from the bottom of the screen
  • Swipe the locked screen to the left

Here are the 8 steps to follow to use portrait mode

1. Once the application is open, you will see the list of modes displayed at the bottom of your screen: Accrr, Slow motion, Video, Photo, Portrait, Carr and Pano (ramique).

2. Slectionnez Portrait then position yourself a distance of about 1.5 meters of your subject.

3. You will be told if you are standing too close or too far from it, or if the brightness is too low. In this case, you can use the flash, but natural light is preferable.

4. You can use the timer if you have a selfie stick.

5. If you press the clock icon at the top, you will have the choice between 3 or 10 seconds. Select the time you want, press the white shutter button, then wait.

6. You can also apply filters before taking your picture. To do this, tap the three overlapping circles at the top right of the screen. Note is not possible to use both modes at the same time.

The effects restent applicable even after taking your photo.

7. A hexagon-like icon that you see below (Natural lighting) corresponds to the default setting for portrait lighting.

Press it and scroll through the various options, such as edge lighting for more spectacular directional lighting, scene lighting to isolate a subject under a spotlight, or mono scene lighting for classic black and white scene lighting.

8. present, hold your iPhone at an optimal distance (1.5 meters) from your subject, frame, and when you are ready, press the white shutter button.

Tips for taking great photos with portrait mode

Portrait mode allows you to sublimate your shot but there are basic rules to follow.

You need the subject to be close enough, about 1.5 m. On the other hand, the background must be much farther away: the greater the distance between the subject and the background, the more pronounced the effect of depth.

If your subject is standing against a wall, then there will be almost no effect.

Lighting is also important. The effects are less effective with artificial light.

Normal shooting (left) and the same shooting with the depth effect of Portrait mode (right).

Simple compositions are generally the best. Try not to focus on small objects, especially those in front of the subject.

Even the streaks of hair can prevent a nice effect, although they will probably not be visible.

Tips from the pros to get the most out of Portrait mode

In addition to our advice given above, we assure you that if you follow those of professionals, you will make sure of beautiful portraits.

Jeremy Cowart suggests keeping your subject away from all distractions and having the sunlight behind your subject as a backlight.

Also, with a focus in the direction of the bottom, like a falling hair, gives a cinematic side to the photos.

JerSean Golatt recommends getting closer to the subject to bring out the details.

Pei Ketron advises, to give a little space to the subject, a distance of a little more than 2 meters.

Also, if you want to take a picture of a dog, for example, then think about preparing rewards. You will get the best results when it does not move.

Photo taken by Pei Ketron

Finally, Benj Haisch recommends having a soft and diffuse lighting. This will help keep the photo flattering for your subject. He also advises finding a space that isn't too busy or distracting.

Use portrait lighting mode

portrait lighting is a mode that is only available on the iPhone 8 Plus as well as the iPhone X and 11 ranges. It allows you to add lighting filters to your photo.

They simulate studio lighting and require very little manipulation.

We recommend that you first take a picture and then try them out, to get an idea of ​​the final effect.

  1. Open the Photos application and choose the photo taken in portrait mode to modify with the portrait lighting filters.Note that you can only add these filters to photos taken in Portrait mode.
  2. Press on Edit.
  3. Tap on the cube icon at the bottom of the photo, a small dial will appear.
  4. Slide this dial to scroll through your options. There are five settings, we will review each of them below.
  5. You can tap on each filter to see how it will transform your photo. When you are satisfied, press termin and wait for the photo to be saved.
  6. If you are not satisfied, just press again Edit or choose another Portrait lighting filter.

Note that you cannot combine the other filters offered in Edit with filtersportrait lighting.

If you tap on the icon three circles and choose Intense or Spectacular, then this effect would be lost as soon as you choose portrait lighting, only the blurred background would remain.

The different portrait lighting filters

Do you want to add a filter to your photo but don't know which one to choose? Here are some explanations on each of them to find the perfect effect.

The default setting is called natural lighting, your photo is not changed if it is blurred in the background.

The second is studio lightingis our favorite. This clears up the reflections and, under the right conditions, it can give photos that look like those taken in the studio.

The third mode is contour lighting, it allows to improve the shooting. It adds depth and shade to dim lights on your subject.

There are two other modes that give a dark background to your portrait. The first is stage lighting, it highlights the outline of the face with a completely black background.

There is mono stage lighting, which is the same stage lighting, but the background is black and white.

Finally, the mode High-Key Mono lighting brings out light shades more.

Remove portrait mode from your photo

When you take a photo in portrait mode, your iOS stores two versions of the photo, one with the depth effect and the other without.

The portrait you have taken is saved in the Portrait album of the Photos application. To edit, press Edit, then on Portrait in yellow, at the top of your screen.

If you decide to put it back, then just press Edit and Portrait.

To see the two photos, connect your phone to a Mac and go to Image or Photos. You will see the two versions stored separately.

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