How to use Portrait Mode iPhone 7 Plus Portrait Mode: The dual-camera system in the iPhone 7 Plus has significantly closed the gap between smartphone cameras and DSLRs. It comes with a Portrait mode that gives your images a “bokeh” effect to blur the background and focus the viewers’ attention on the foreground subject. Though iOS has a built-in Tips app, it doesn’t yet offer tips on the Portrait mode. How to use Portrait Mode iPhone 7 Plus Portrait Mode:

iPhone 7 Plus Portrait mode: Pro photographers Tips

Portrait mode has become immensely popular among the iPhone 7 Plus owners, but a large number of users don’t know how to take full advantage of the feature. So, Apple talked to professional photographers in various fields and shared “Shoot like a Pro” tips with users. Each photographer provided tips on how they use the iPhone 7 Plus to take pictures in their day-to-day lives.

iPhone is the most popular camera in the world. And its popularity increased among photographers in 2016, according to Flickr.

JerSean Golatt says using Portrait mode on iPhone 7 Plus is “important for storytelling as a whole” and “adds value for those with lower than commercial budgets and brings speed to share their stories like never before.” Golatt recommends, “get up close to your subject to bring out the details.” How to use Portrait Mode iPhone 7 Plus Portrait Mode

Photo by celebrity photographer @jeremycowart, shot on iPhone 7 Plus and edited using VSCO.

When he’s behind the camera, Jeremy Cowart is known for taking incredible portraits of celebrities. This portrait of his son is a favorite image he’s shot using iPhone 7 Plus saying, “I’m kind of freaking out. Portrait mode is unbelievable.” He recommends minimizing the background and “cut out the distractions from your subject,” and “try to find the shade and put the sun behind your subject as a nice back light.” He also finds “pulling the exposure down just a hair really makes my images look more cinematic.”

Photo by travel photographer @pketron, shot on iPhone 7 Plus.

Pei Ketron is a world traveler and when not taking photos of incredible landscapes she’s enjoying time with her dog, Luna. She says, “Portrait mode on the new iPhone 7 Plus creates beautifully realistic background bokeh that rivals DSLRs.” When taking photos of pets and animals she advises, “give your pup some space. Portrait mode uses the telephoto lens, so a distance of about eight feet away is recommended. Have treats ready. You’ll get the best results when your subject isn’t moving.”

Photo by wedding photographer @benjhaisch, shot on iPhone 7 Plus and edited using Filmborn and Lightroom mobile.

Wedding photographer Benj Haisch said Portrait mode “is absolutely changing the way I look at mobile photography. Having a wide angle 28 mm equivalent paired with the 56 mm equivalent and Portrait mode has been game-changer in achieving professional results without bringing any additional equipment.” He says, “having soft, diffused lighting will help with keeping the photo flattering to your subject. Find a space that isn’t too busy or distracting, as Portrait mode will create a photo that really pops.”

How to use Portrait Mode iPhone 7 Plus Portrait Mode

After you’ve installed iOS 10.1, open the Camera app and select Portrait.

You’ll be given a real-time, live preview of the depth effect including how to best distance the camera from the subject.

The best portraits of someone are in brighter light, and if shooting more than one person, the best results work with three. To keep each of them looking ‘sharp’, try to keep them in the same plane.

The further your subject is from your background, the more pronounced the blur effect will be and the contrast will be enhanced if the background contains bright colours.

Flickr said Apple’s share jumped from 42% last year to 47% in 2016. The top three devices were the iPhone 6, iPhone 5S, and iPhone 6S. The iPhone 7, which is barely a few months old, sits on the sixth place. Except for camera enhancements and other minor improvements, the latest iPhones are similar to the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus.


“This new camera mode allows you to create a portrait with depth effect that keeps your subjects sharp with a beautifully blurred background,” explained Apple.

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