Learn how to create incredible photos using Portrait mode.
To create the effect of depth of field in the Portrait mode, cameras of compatible iPhone models are used. This allows you to create photos that retain the sharpness of the subject with a beautiful background blur effect. You can also apply lighting effects to images and take selfies in Portrait mode.
Before you begin, make sure that the latest version of iOS is installed on your device.
Portrait mode is available on iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 7 Plus. To take selfies in Portrait mode, you need an iPhone X or later. Learn how to identify your iPhone model.
Creating Photos in Portrait Mode
- Open the Camera program and select the Portrait mode.
- Follow the prompts on the screen. When the lighting effect (for example, “Natural Light”) is highlighted in yellow, the “Portrait” mode is ready for use.
- Press the shutter button ().
The Camera program reports when you are too close or far away or the area is too dark. You can also use the True Tone flash, set a timer, and apply filters. For example, you can crop the created photo and automatically improve it using the built-in editing functions.
On the iPhone 11 Pro or iPhone 11 Pro Max in portrait mode, a camera with a telephoto lens opens. Press the 2x button to zoom out and take advantage of the wide-angle camera.
To take a portrait photo using the camera on the back of the iPhone XR, your face must be recognized through the viewfinder.
Adding Portrait Lighting
The Portrait Lighting feature on the iPhone X and later, as well as on the iPhone 8 Plus, allows you to apply four impressive studio-quality lighting effects to your photos taken in Portrait mode. Choose the Studio Light effect for brightening facial features, Contour Light for more effective directional lighting, Stage Light to highlight the subject in the spotlight, Stage B / W for stage lighting in classic black and white or Light tonality. b / w ”to display an object in shades of gray on a white background.
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During portrait photography, the lighting effect can be previewed on the screen in real time. Having switched to the “Portrait” mode in the “Camera” program, select various lighting effects that are displayed at the bottom of the viewfinder. The lighting effect will be applied to the photo you create in the Portrait mode.
You can also change the lighting effect on any photograph taken in Portrait mode earlier.
- Open the “Photo” program and select the photo taken in the “Portrait” mode that you want to change.
- Click “Edit.” Lighting effects are displayed at the bottom of the photo.
- Sweeping them, select the option you want.
- Click Finish.
On iPhone XS and later, the Light Tone B / W effect is available for the TrueDepth front camera and rear-facing cameras. On iPhone XR, this effect is available for the TrueDepth camera.
Selfie in Portrait Mode
On iPhone X and later, you can take selfies in Portrait mode. The following is the procedure.
- Open the Camera program.
- Swipe to Portrait mode and press the front camera button ().
- Place your iPhone in front of you.
- Take a selfie by pressing any of the volume buttons.
Photos taken in Selfie mode can also be enhanced with portrait lighting effects.
On the iPhone XR, the cameras on the back only support Natural Light, Studio Light, and Contour Light effects.
Depth of field and portrait lighting
Follow the steps below to adjust the degree of blurriness of the background and the saturation of the effects of portrait lighting on a photograph taken in the Portrait mode.
- Open your music library and select a photo taken in Portrait mode.
- Click Change, then the depth setting button () at the top of the screen to adjust the depth of field, or the Portrait Lighting button () to adjust the Portrait Lighting effect. A slider will appear under the photo.
- Drag the slider left or right to adjust the effect. The gray dot above the slider shows the original value for the photo.
- Click Finish.
Removing Portrait Effect
- Select the photo you want to change.
- Click “Edit.”
- Click Portrait at the top of the screen.
If you change your mind and want to add the effect of the “Portrait” mode again, return to the editing screen and click “Portrait” again.