Portrait Mode, first released on the iPhone 7 Plus, is a great way to take DSLR-like images with a focus and a blurred background. This is properly known as bokeh.
If you don't have a newer iPhone model, you can't take advantage of Apple's own technology. But we have good news: there are many available apps that can give the same look to your photos. Although it may take some work, the results are many times as striking as the native feature.
Here are some of the best iPhone Portrait Mode apps you can check out.
If you are looking for a great choice around, PortraitCam should be your first stop.
Easily the best feature of the app is machine learning that automatically detects faces. While not perfect and may require some work on your part, editing the image is quick and easy.
To try the depth effect on another part of the image, just paint the depth mask area where you want to focus. The rest of the image is blurred.
You can import a photo from your photo library or use the app to take a photo. Anyone with a two-camera iPhone can see a direct preview of the image with the depth-of-field lens.
In addition, the app offers a comprehensive package of other image editing tools. In addition to being able to change bokeh shape or brightness, you can add color prices or lens distortion. There are also a variety of film grains to choose from.
A light-glass option lets you add a finishing touch to an image. The app is also designed to work on an iPad.
Download: Portrait Cam ($ 5)
Another powerful option for portrait camera apps is FabFocus, especially if you can't get enough bokeh. You can take a photo or just import a photo to get started.
The app will then automatically detect the face and the rest of the subject, such as the body. This process takes some time, especially when compared to other apps like PortraitCam. But the results are accurate and do not require much more work to perfect the image. The subject remains in focus while the background is blurred.
When fine-tuning an image, the app lets you paint part of the image to stay in focus (and delete if necessary). You can adjust the size of the mask for better editing. As a nice touch, the part of the app that paints or deletes an image is right over your finger. It helps you to have a clear look at the work you are doing.
You can also choose from a variety of bokeh shapes for an image, including a triangle, heart, and star. For even more customization, FabFocus lets you adjust the blur. You will be pleased to know that the app works on the iPad as well.
Download: FabFocus ($ 4)
For a cheap alternative, take a look at the iPhone-only AfterFocus. It's a simple and easy way to create images with Portrait Mode effect.
The basic interface makes it easy for anyone to navigate and use. To begin, you can click on an image from the app or select one from a library.
There are different ways to select a focus area. The manual option requires you to measure the entire focus area. But with the smart option, you only draw a white line within the focus area and a black line in the background. The app will take care of the rest. While you shouldn't expect perfect results, it's a great way to quickly edit a single image.
Another great way to create a photo is with Double Take. As you can probably tell by the name, it requires you to take two different pictures.
Take the picture you want in the first. Just make sure you stay as close to the subject and as far from the background as possible. Also, avoid a motif of mostly a single color. In the next picture you just move a hair to the right. Doing so will help the app determine the focus area without further assistance.
You can also take advantage of filters and stickers to better customize the final result.
Download: AfterFocus ($ 1
You may hesitate to spend money in advance on an iPhone Portrait Mode app. In that case, Fore Photo is a free and easy choice designed for both iPhone and iPad. To get started, you need to import an image from your library. Capturing an image with the app is not an option.
After importing the image, the app will automatically use a neural network to blur the background of a photo. Usually, the app requires a little help to get the results right. Like the other apps, you can paint the part of the image that needs to be in focus. There is also an eraser for cleaning up any paint errors.
You can choose one of five different blur strength options, offering everything from subtle to extreme depth effects. Each image has a small "Fore" mark at the bottom right of the image. You can remove it with an in-app purchase $ 2.
Download: Fore Photo (free in-app purchase available)
Capture a Perfect Moment With Portrait Mode Apps
With Just A Little work, some of these portrait mode apps can help turn a regular image into something extraordinary. You don't need expensive camera equipment, or even a newer iPhone, to create a special image.
If you're looking for another fun way to create some unique images, take a look at these fun, iPhone movie camera apps that give a retro vibe to any image. And anyone who wants to be a better photographer should definitely check out these amazing iPhone camera hacks.