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How to use the Portrait mode (bokeh effect) on the iPhone 7 Plus

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iPhone 7 Plus has a very high-end powerful camera. Apple has introduced the Bokeh effect exclusively in iPhone 7 Plus only. For using this feature you need to update to iOS 10.1 to get the portrait mode. First of all update to iOS 10.1. Follow this article on how to install iOS 10.1 in iPhone,iPad >. Once you have upgraded to iOS 10.1 then you are all ready to take full advantage of iPhone 7 Plus’s dual lens camera to create a greater sense of depth in portraits.

The only standout feature on the camera at launch was the 2x optical zoom, which allows you to get closer shots than ever on an iPhone. And while the official software update is not slated to arrive until late October. To get iOS 10.1 right now, you have to be a part of Apple’s Beta Software Program or you can register your iPhone UDID to Apple Developer Account here > and install any iOS beta on your iPhone.

In the new portrait mode, the camera uses the 12-megapixel wide-angle lens — the same one found in the regular iPhone 7 and the 12-megapixel telephoto lens to distinguish between background and foreground. It’s then able to keep the subject sharp while blurring out the background, to achieve that bokeh effect typically achieved with a far more expensive dSLR camera.

The iPhone 7 Plus isn’t the first phone to add this feature, but it is brand-new to long-time iPhone owners and works as promised. And iOS 10.1 makes it just a swipe away.

What pictures can you take ?

Portrait mode is not just for humans. You can take pictures of your pet, of any object. In this picture, i have taken picture of my toy.


How to use bokeh effect (Portrait Mode)

Once you’ve updated to the iOS 10.1 beta, click on the camera app, and swipe down on the menu wheel until you hit Portrait. Lock in on your subject and pay attention to the directions on the screen. Because it uses the telephoto lens for the foreground it will appear closer than with the regular camera, so you may have to move away.

Once you’ve hit the sweet spot you’ll see a yellow “depth effect” sign pop up. Now lock in your focus, adjust the brightness and hit the shutter when you’re ready. Keep the phone stable until it it finishes taking the picture. It takes a little longer to process in this mode.

Bokeh basics

The effect works in just about any scenario or object but if you want a more dramatic blur you’ll need to increase the depth of field, meaning you’ll have to leave more space between the subject and the background. You need to be more closer to the object. The more closer you are the more blur you get. And lastly, pay attention to the lighting. Make sure that there is enough light. Boken effect doesn’t work very well in the low light.

The before and after results

See our before and after image of bokeh result


Before Boken effect

After Bokeh

After Bokeh effect

Now go to your camera roll to check out your taken shot. As with HDR mode, the camera saves a copy with and without the depth effect so you can see the difference as you scroll. Just click on the image and look out for the the “depth effect” tag on the top left if you’re having a hard time deciphering which is which.

The image will have the same effect when you share it with another device or share it on social media.

More features coming for the dual lens?

Later software updates could bring even more features to the iPhone 7 Plus, such as 3D mapping and augmented reality capabilities similar to those found in Google’s Project Tango. But it’s possible we may have to wait for those in next year’s 10th anniversary iPhone. Apple has already started working on AI. Read more about it here >

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