Why Blur the Background?
Blurring the background is a great way to make the subject of your photo stand out. It can also create a more professional look and feel to your photos. With portrait mode, the iPhone automatically blurs the background for you, but not all iPhones have this feature. So, it’s important to know how to achieve this effect without portrait mode.
Method 1: Use a Third-Party App
One way to blur the background on your iPhone without portrait mode is to use a third-party app. There are many apps available on the App Store that can help you achieve this effect. Some popular options include AfterFocus, Focos, and Tadaa SLR. These apps allow you to manually adjust the blur effect to your liking.
FAQ: Which third-party app is the best for blurring the background?
There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. It ultimately depends on your personal preference and the features you are looking for in an app. We recommend trying out a few different apps to see which one works best for you.
Method 2: Use Depth Effect
If you have an iPhone with dual cameras, you can use the depth effect to blur the background. This feature is available on iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max. To use the depth effect, open the camera app and select “Portrait” mode. Then, follow the on-screen instructions to take your photo.
FAQ: Can I use depth effect on a single-camera iPhone?
No. The depth effect requires dual cameras, so it is not available on single-camera iPhones.
Method 3: Adjust the Focus and Exposure
Another way to blur the background on your iPhone without portrait mode is to adjust the focus and exposure. To do this, open the camera app and tap on the subject you want to focus on. You should see a yellow box appear around the subject. Then, swipe up or down on the screen to adjust the exposure. This will make the background appear darker and help create a blurred effect.
FAQ: Will adjusting the focus and exposure work for all types of photos?
No. This method works best for photos with a clear subject and a simple background. If your photo has a complex background, it may be difficult to achieve a blurred effect using this method.
Method 4: Use Editing Tools
Finally, you can use editing tools to blur the background on your iPhone. There are many editing apps available on the App Store, including the built-in Photos app. To use this method, simply open the photo you want to edit and select the “Edit” button. Then, select the “Effects” option and choose the “Depth” effect. You can adjust the intensity of the effect to your liking.
FAQ: Can I use editing tools to blur the background on photos taken with other cameras?
Yes. You can use editing tools to blur the background on any photo, regardless of the camera used to take it.
Blurring the background on your iPhone without portrait mode is a great way to make your photos stand out. Whether you choose to use a third-party app, depth effect, adjusting the focus and exposure, or editing tools, there are many ways to achieve this effect. So, next time you take a photo on your iPhone, try out one of these methods and see how it can enhance your photos.