The iPhone X joins the iPhone 7 Plus and the iPhone 8 Plus in offering the functionality of the Portrait mode using the rear cameras of the phones. Take a picture with one of these phones and you can create a Bokeh effect in which the subject remains clear while the background becomes blurred artistic.

But the iPhone X does a little better than its colleagues. It can also capture shots in Portrait mode with its front camera, which will make the selfie more elegant. Thanks to the more powerful TrueDepth camera on the front of iPhone X for this new feature. Here’s how to take a picture in portrait mode using the front camera of the iPhone X.

Taking a picture in Portrait mode using the front camera of the iPhone X

Step 1. Open the Camera app on your iPhone X.

Step 2. Select Portrait mode from the bottom menu. (You can take the picture right now if you’re trying to shoot in Portrait mode with the rear cameras.)

Step 3. Press the front camera icon at the bottom right of the display. The vertical mode is still selected.

Step 4. Use the cube-shaped navigation tool to switch between lighting options. You can choose between natural light, studio light, contour light, stage light and single stage light. Natural lighting is the default selection.

Note that the lighting in vertical mode – which also works with the rear cameras of both the iPhone X and the iPhone 8 Plus, is still in beta. As a result, its effects can be approximate, although we expect Apple to improve things over time with software updates.


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