Apple Blog Guides iPhone Photography

Apple introduced the Portrait Mode in 2016 along with the iPhone 7 Plus and while it was introduced in beta back then , it was a runaway success with all its users and with the launch of the iPhone 8 Plus , Apple has gone ahead and taken things one level higher with the feature called Portrait Lighting .
As the name goes , this feature lets you edit and play with lighting effects while clicking a photo in Portrait mode . While this feature is still in Beta mode , it is something Apple put a lot of thought into and here’s some details about how you could use it on your new iPhone 8 Plus .
Portrait Lighting Presets
There are four presets in the Portrait Lighting feature introduced by Apple and they are Studio Light , Contour Light , Stage Light and Stage Light Mono .

  • Studio Light

Studio Light brightens up the face in focus and removes any harsh shadows allowing you to see more detail .

  • Contour Light

Contour light adds dramatic shadows to portraits to make them look stunning by showing the difference between highlight and lowlight.

  • Stage Light

Stage Light adds a spotlight to the subject and makes it stand out against a black background thereby giving a dramatic and high contrast photo .

  • Stage Light Mono

Stage Light mono , while adding a spotlight to the subject against a black background , converts the image to black and white .
Usage :
The feature is baked right into the default camera app . To use it , all you have to do is open Portrait mode on your iPhone 8 Plus and you will see a small 3D cube above the shutter / camera button . Click and slide to the left to access the different presets that are available .

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The Portrait Lighting feature can also be added to an already existing portrait mode photo by selecting and clicking on the edit button in any Portrait photos . Once in the edit mode , all the presets are available and can be used easily.

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Do remember that the feature is still in Beta and that means it is not fully perfect yet and may need some practice and work to get all the effects right . We hope Apple continues improving on these features and sooner than later these effects move out of the Beta phase .
Are you interested in this Portrait Lighting feature and are you going to buy the new iPhone 8 Plus to try them out ? Do let us know .
Here is a video ad that Apple has released showcasing the Portrait Lighting feature . Do take a look and enjoy .