When Apple introduced the iPhone 7 Plus and its telephoto lens, it basically popularized the depth-of-field portrait photography mode. Using the camera’s software algorithm, it uses two iPhone 7 plus lenses to create the look and feel of an image with a digital SLR camera with portrait shooting settings and a telephoto lens. The so-called bokeh effect blurs the artistic background and makes the subject stand out from the front and center.
The same is true for the night mode of the iPhone 11 series. Google became popular with Pixel phones. Before Apple decided to add night mode, every major Android phone manufacturer had this mode, but now it is also expanding its 2.0 version to iPhone 12 models.
How to use iPhone 12 Pro/Max to shoot night portraits
iPhone 12 not only has an enhanced low-light mode, but also a portrait mode on the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max. Wait, what? Yes, the lidar camera on the back measures the time it takes for light to bounce back from the object, so it can create a fast and accurate depth map of any space. Even at night, it can help people separate their faces and successfully blur the background in the picture.
Take night photos with iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max
- Open the iPhone 12 Pro camera app.
- Swipe to portrait mode.
- iPhone 12 Pro/Max will prompt you how to set the subject.
- Click the shutter button to keep the iPhone 12 Pro/Max stable and shoot night portraits.
- If you want to stop taking night mode photos during shooting, instead of waiting a few seconds to finish shooting, just click the stop button below.
Thanks to iOS 14, if your iPhone 12 Pro or 12 Pro Max detects movement when taking a night mode photo, you can adjust the crosshair in the frame to help you reduce movement and improve the shooting effect.
Needless to say, the success of the result depends on the amount of light available, however, the night 2.0 mode algorithm is a huge help, and we can already imagine that the night mode portrait photos look like the larger main sensor on the iPhone 12 pro Max.