Results: People enjoy shooting in Portrait mode

Results: People enjoy shooting in Portrait mode
So, Portrait Mode has been around for a while now. Manufacturers put it in their top (and not-so-top) phones, app developers made software that smulates the feature, even Google jumped on board and achieved it with a single camera module. And while it has been fun to use and dissect, we wondered if it has gotten old for most people by now.

After taking a bazillion photos of your kids, your pets, your partner, and even yourself, the novelty should wear off. So, what now. Is Portrait Mode still useful or was it just hype? We asked you...

Spoiler: turns out plenty of people still enjoy it from time to time.

Do you still enjoy Portrait Mode?

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



1. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

I make portrait shots with the telephoto lens cover on my S7! No need for a gimmicky app that puts obvious looking blur on my pics.

2. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Well, to blur the background; one can use manual focus. And if you don't like this blur effect then there are camera apps which prompt you to move the camera a tad after taking a shot and then it adds blur in the background. There's 'virtually' no need for an extra telephoto lens. But to each his own. G'Day!

3. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

To get a telephoto effect you do in fact need a telephoto lens. This effect is not only blurring, but also making the background look larger than reality.It is a very known technique in photography. Furthermore, another important reason to use a ''2x zoom lens'' for portrait shots is the focal length. The focal length of a true 2x zoom lens is almost as close as the one we percieve in the real world. This makes people in these picture look more realistic and often better looking. Smartphones nowadays have such a low focal length that the subject seems distorted. Example : The best focal length for a portrait shot is around 58-65mm. This translates to roughly 2x optical zoom in a telephoto lens.

4. Penny

Posts: 1859; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Manual focus can only achieve so much blur with smartphones. While smartphones have large apertures on paper (f1.7, for example), they have tiny sensors. I'm not sure what the crop factor is, but because of the limited size of the sensor, you tend to have a greater depth of field in most circumstances. However, smaller sensors do allow phones to get up closer to objects, so it is possible to get decent blur when doing macros.

5. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

28% isn't really that many. Almost 50% never use it.........

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