In photography and digital photography, portrait mode is a function of the digital camera that is used when you are taking photos of a single subject. Your digital camera will automatically use a large aperture to help keep the background out of focus by using a narrow depth of field so the subject being photographed is the only thing in focus when you are taking photos in portrait mode.
About a couple of years ago, one could hardly get a device that commands this effect. Therefore, in case your device doesnâ€™t have this functionality, itâ€™s not as bad as you think. Thereâ€™s a way out for you. Instagram can, as it gives all smartphones software-based portrait modes.
Back in April, Instagram rolled out the Focus camera format on both iOS and Android. At this time, the implementation appears to be coming user-by-user. This means, even if you donâ€™t see the option, donâ€™t worry, it would eventually come as Instagram will be updating accounts with this feature Focus in due time.
How To Use The â€˜Portrait Modeâ€™ On Instagram
To access the feature,
- Launch the Instagram app and simply swipe right on your feed to open the story camera.
- From here, swipe along the bottom camera format selector until you see â€œFocus.â€
- Instagram then directs you how to take a portrait shot with either a â€œFind a faceâ€ or â€œMove closerâ€ alert. You can tap the arrows in the bottom-right corner to switch between your cameras.
- Once Instagram is able to identify a face at an adequate distance, there you have it! Your face is now surrounded by an artsy blur.
What you do from here is up to you â€” you can take a picture by tapping the shutter button at the bottom of the display, or you can hold the button to record a video.
You can add your portrait photo or video to your story by tapping the (+) at the bottom of the display, but you can also save your photo by tapping the arrow button.
With that method, you can share it anywhere, itâ€™s not only restricted to your Instagram app. This feature alone has placed Instagram as one of the most useful photo apps you can download, because even the iPhone X or Galaxy S9â€™s native camera apps canâ€™t record portrait videos.