Now that it's aged: do you use Portrait Mode at all?

Now that it's aged: do you use Portrait Mode at all?
Back in 2016, Apple made Portrait Mode a thing by introducing it with — and making it exclusive to — the iPhone 7 Plus. Since then, numerous app developers have made their own software to mimic the effect for a wider audience, and plenty of smartphone manufacturers have added it to their handsets. In fact, we have a feeling it's going to be a default feature for every big-name device in 2018.

When it first launched, Portrait Mode was fun to play around with. Yeah, it was definitely not perfect, and no manufacturer has nailed it to this day as every iteration has its kinks, but that's a part of what it made it so exciting to use. You never knew if your photo would end up looking convincing, or if the software would go haywire and blur out your subject's jawline.

Now, it has been about a year and a half and Portrait Mode / Live Focus / generic Background Blur is old news. We wonder, though, do you still use it? Are you having fun with it?

Do you still enjoy Portrait Mode?

Yeah, I use mine regularly!
28.47%
I still try it out from time to time...
26.75%
Nah, I've already forgotten about it
19.31%
I still don't have a phone or app with Portrait Mode
25.46%

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18 Comments

1. purpleespritee1

Posts: 9; Member since: Mar 13, 2017

Yes I use it a lot when taking pictures of my baby, the pictures come out really nice

2. bucky

Posts: 3791; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

i use it all the time with the kids as well.

3. Anonymous.

Posts: 423; Member since: Jun 15, 2016

Once in a while.

4. bucknassty

Posts: 1353; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

you know... i had selective focus for a very long time... and i even think HTC had zoe camera effects that allowed you to select focus... with that... i dont understand why apple gets all the credit for this feature by just calling it portrait mode

13. Penny

Posts: 1860; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

I love having Apple's portrait mode on my Fuji X-T2 with my f1.2 lens. It's amusing to me how many people just started to realize that shallow depth of field is a thing...and raises my blood pressure when they say it's better than "actual cameras."

5. therealestboy

Posts: 82; Member since: May 03, 2013

I have used mine a lot. It's a very nice feature. It makes the photos pop. A lot of my kids pictures are taken in portrait mode.

6. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

I barely use it. Software based on my phone. Does not work well everytime, but does well when it works. I think it is good for a 25mm lens.

7. libra89

Posts: 2298; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Thank you for putting the last option there. That's the story of my life. I have tried it out on the Pixel 2, which was cool but I don't have that phone anymore.

8. dcwt2010

Posts: 74; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

Is it essential? No. Is it useful for some pics? Yes. On the Pixel 2 it is effortless and spot on most of the times.

9. antroid

Posts: 392; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

Personally I think it's just a gimmick, instead of innovating smartphone manufacturers are trying to copy from Apple or from Samsung

18. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

Wait!! Are there other phone manufacturers other than those two??

10. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

i use it all the time on my note 8

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31328; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I use it here and there. I use the dual camera (front and rear simo) a lot.

12. Furkan

Posts: 552; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

No because it is not good as Apple's. /Note8

14. Alter

Posts: 232; Member since: Mar 25, 2016

I use it more than I thought I would.

15. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Not a fan.. If I want to make this kind of photo, I'll grab a proper camera..

16. IgorEfremenko

Posts: 108; Member since: Nov 30, 2011

I use it quite regularly, but not for portraits. It is quite good for taking beautiful pictures of different objects

17. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

It used to be good on the iPhone 7 Plus when it first came out, however whenever I try and use it now its pure rubbish! I think the software has been optimised for the iPhone X's camera.

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