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
Posts: 2697; 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!
posted on Jan 31, 2018, 9:40 AM 0
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 :https://i.ytimg.com/vi/faQVM3d
The best focal length for a portrait shot is around 58-65mm. This translates to roughly 2x optical zoom in a telephoto lens.
posted on Jan 31, 2018, 10:02 AM 1
Posts: 1844; 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.
posted on Jan 31, 2018, 11:18 AM 0
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