Photos show off Portrait Lighting camera effects on iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus

Chances are that you're already familiar with Apple's Portrait Mode – a feature that adds artistic blur (bokeh) to the background of your images. It was introduced with the iPhone 7 Plus, leveraging its dual camera system to produce the effect. At today's keynote, Apple announced a new addition to its Portrait mode called Portrait Lighting. As its name suggests, it allows the lighting of the image to be manipulated for more dramatic effect.

Sounds cool and all, but what do photos with Portrait Lighting applied look like? Well, in the gallery below are a few samples that Apple shared. As you can see, Portrait Lighting comes in multiple styles, depending on the effect you're looking for. Studio Light, for example, brightens the face of the subject, while Contour Light manipulates highlights and shadows to bring out your model's facial features. For more striking results, the Stage Light mode puts whoever you're photographing against a flat, black background. The effect can be removed or modified even after the shot has been taken.

Keep in mind that these aren't mere filters. These effects are applied using real-time image processing and manipulation enabled by the dual-camera system and by Apple's hardware inside the latest iPhones. Perhaps that is why there are no clues indicating that the iPhone 7 Plus would get Portrait Lighting once iOS 11 is out. We hope that's not the case.

While Portrait Lighting is still in beta, the results in the samples below seem promising. What do you think? Does this look like a feature you'd use? 

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1. bobby84

Posts: 595; Member since: May 13, 2016

Not impressed, I want to hear what Apple people have to say about the lack of a fingerprint sensor because when Samsung put it in the spot its in, the fps became their best friend cause they could hate Samsung for it. Now they don't got one, lol

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 31771; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Bankz is the only person with an FPS iPhone X

4. bobby84

Posts: 595; Member since: May 13, 2016

yea, all this fingerprint, fingerprint, fingerprint. Now Apple don't have one at all. And the face unlock isn't faster than the note8 or s8. Because people where really nitpicking the note7 s8 iris scanning speed, is it .2 slower than a fps, hypocrites

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 31771; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Apples face unlock, is like 3 steps.

11. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2284; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

It will be put in next year! Gureanteed!

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 31771; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I'll check with Bankz on that...he knows.

18. Achilis

Posts: 65; Member since: Oct 05, 2013


2. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

This was the part of the show where they dropped all the buzzwords they could that had nothing to do with what those words actually mean. Machine learning, neural networks, deep learning, etc. As if no one has done this before and they just invented it. Also, none of those things are actually happening in what are some pretty standard industry algorithms.

8. gehrig

Posts: 423; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

"As if no one has done this before and they just invented it." When did they say they invented it? Would you like to show me a clip in which they said they invented any of the things you mentioned? I'll wait.

5. twens

Posts: 1186; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Gimmick. I’m beginning to feel phone tech has reached its pick.

14. AVVA1

Posts: 228; Member since: Aug 01, 2017


19. TerryD

Posts: 560; Member since: May 09, 2017

Prick? :-)

6. redmd

Posts: 1964; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Am I the only one who thinks portrait lighting sample is creepy especially the black and white one.

7. mootu

Posts: 1541; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Just watched a video of an apple rep demonstrating portrait lighting to a journalist and it completely failed, her excuse was it was due to the lighting in the room and quickly changes the subject lol.

20. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016


10. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1605; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Cool, and it may be done via processing, but I don't see anything you can't achieve by editing a RAW photo. This is just convienent for those who don't want to deal with editing photos.

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31771; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I like that new dedicated Siri button, with press and hold to talk. Wonder where apple got that idea.

15. Xilam unregistered

Siri press and hold was a feature on the iPhone since iPhone 5 I think. It allowed you to think while making a command or dictation. I'm actually used it exclusively on my old 5S to avoid Siri from stop listening prematurely. My commands are sometimes longer that simply saying "how tall is the Golden Gate Bridge".

16. KeyserSoze

Posts: 387; Member since: Oct 06, 2014

These new iPhones don't have improved camera hardware. All they did was add new filters to the software to automatically photoshop all your photos. Big fuqin deal [eye roll] !!

17. theunspoken

Posts: 310; Member since: Jul 06, 2017

Portrait lightning looks crap

21. Lion007

Posts: 30; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

According to keynote they have new larger sensors letting in 83% more light, sharper images, better dynamic range, more texture, faster focus, improved portrait effect trying to mirror a dslr better, sharper portraits with more detail. Studio lighting is a cool effect if the image is composed nicely

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