Use Portrait Mode
ortrait mode on the iPhone
What Is Portrait Mode?
Plus models and the iPhone
X is the perfect tool for cre-
ating amazing portraits that
can usually only be achieved
with a DSLR camera. In this tutorial,
you’ll discover how to use the iPhone
to capture professional-looking photos
with a wonderful background blur.
Portrait is a unique shooting mode
available in the native Camera app. It
uses a special software tool to create
a shallow depth of field in your photos.
Shallow depth of field simply means
that only a small portion of an image
is in focus while the rest is blurred. In
most cases, you would want your main
subject to appear in sharp focus while
the background appears blurred (figure
Why Use a Shallow Depth
A shallow depth of field is often
used by portrait photographers. Why?
Because it places the emphasis on the
person (or animal) that is the subject of
the photo and creates a soft, dreamy
backdrop behind them. Blurring the
background is also really useful when
shooting in locations with a busy,
messy, or distracting backdrop. The
blurring makes the background secondary, bringing the viewer’s attention back
to the main subject in the foreground.
Shallow depth of field isn’t something
you’d use for every kind of photo. You
typically wouldn’t want a blurry back-
ground in a landscape or architectural
photo, as you’d want to see everything
clearly from foreground to background.
However, in portrait photography, a
shallow depth of field will make a huge
difference to the impact of your image.
By blurring the background, you can
really make your subject stand out
This article was originally published on iphonephotographyschool.com.
to Create Beautiful Background Blur
by Eric Mueller