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Monday, January 22, 2018

iPhone X (8 Plus, 7 Plus) Portrait Mode Pictures Comparison - Front and Back Camera

Do you want to get this amazing bokeh effect on all of your pictures but you don't want to carry around your bulky camera? You don't need to get a big and expensive DSLR with a heavy lens to get professionally looking photos with this shallow depth of field. Read more if you want to see how to get high quality pictures without spending a fortune on a camera equipment.

Smartphone that will allow you to shoot with the bokeh effect:

iPhone 7 Plus, 8 Plus and X
Google Pixel 2 and 2 XL
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
These phones have "Portrait Mode"/"Live Focus" function that allows you to get this nice blurry background. You can even record videos with this mode on - see my latest video - iPhone X (8 Plus, 7 Plus) Portrait Mode Video

What is bokeh?

Bokeh is the out-of-focus portion of a photo. You can achieve it when a camera captures light through a large aperture, which is a smaller f-stop number.
Smartphone cameras still can't produce the same kind of bokeh a DSLR or mirrorless camera with a nice lens could. Even though you can't replicate a DSLR's bokeh perfectly with a smartphone camera, it's good enough to get high quality pictures that most people won't be able to tell the difference.

How to get better pictures in Portrait Mode?

To get better bokeh effect pick the right background - avoid stripes and textures. Smartphone camera's still struggle to produce nice small depth of field if the background is too messy.

Here are the samples of photos I took with my iPhone X - Front and Back Camera Portrait Mode:

(click thumbnail to see full resolution image)

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