In this lesson for Photography with the Camera app on the iPhone we look at how can apply studio lighting effects to our photos when in Portrait mode. We also look at how we can change these lighting affects after we’ve taken the photo.
Using Lighting Effects
The first thing you’ll need to do to use lighting effects is switch to Portrait mode. You can only use Lighting Effects with an iPhone that has more than one lens, as you need to go into Portrait Mode. When you are in Portrait Mode, your lighting effects default to Natural Lighting. To preview a different light effect, just swipe across the bottom of your preview to the left. As you swipe to the left to switch lighting effects, you’ll see your preview change reflecting the lighting effect you have chosen.
Once you find the effect you want, just tap the shutter button like normal. The Camera app will save the photo with the lighting effect you chose.
Applying Lighting Effects after you’ve taken the Photo
You can change the lighting effect, or even just turn of Portrait Mode altogether after you’ve taken the photo. To do this, tap the thumbnail in the lower left corner to review your photos. Any photo where you applied lighting effects will show Portrait in the upper left corner. To change the effect, tap on Edit. Once you do this, you’ll see all the effects at the bottom of you photo. Just swipe to the left or right to switch effects. If you want to see the photo without any effects applied at all, tap on Portrait at the top of your photo. To apply them again, tap on it again.
That’s how lighting effects works with the Portrait mode on the iPhone.
See this lesson in Action
If you want to see how this in action, I show you how this all works in the video above.