Portrait mode on the iPhone is photo-life-changing. Using this setting is a great way to turn your photos from looking basic to looking professional.
What portrait mode does is add a depth of field to your shot. It allows your camera to only focus on one point. By doing this, it mimics what a higher-quality camera would do. It also mimics the way we see things. Our eyes naturally focus on things. When you speak to a person they are in focus and the background behind them is blurred. With lower quality cameras everything is in focus – it’s not natural and it’s not as beautiful.
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Here is how to use portrait mode. First, see if your phone has it. You will notice it when you open the camera app.
This is a photo in portrait mode (above) compared to one in regular photo mode (below).
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I don’t even have to explain the difference it’s so obvious.
But understanding portrait mode is important. It’s key that that yellow box that says “natural light” highlights yellow. If it’s not highlighted yellow when you take the photo, that means your phone isn’t capturing it correctly. Sometimes you will have to adjust how close or far away you are from your subject. And if you don’t have enough light that could be an issue too.
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Here is an example of a selfie portrait mode (not all phones can do this, but newer model iPhones can do it):
Remember, while phones are great for photos it’s also easy to make careless mistakes when using a phone as a camera. So also be sure to avoid these common mistakes!