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How to Get Portrait Mode on Any Phone with Instagram’s Focus Camera

There are a lot of things going on in the technology world and a lot of changes are being made daily. One of the major advancements in the smartphone world is an effect in the camera section called the portrait mode. This mode helps to project a picture more clearly by blurring out the background and placing the focus only on the main object.

Devices produced like 2 years earlier are likely not to have this effect. So, just in case your device doesn’t come with this effect, its not all bad news. I have something wonderful to tell you. Instagram can, as it gives all smartphones software-based portrait modes.

Instagram began rolling out the Focus camera format from April 10 on both iOS and Android. At this time, the implementation appears to be coming user-by-user. This means, even if you don’t see the option, don’t worry, it would eventually come as Instagram will be updating accounts with this feature Focus in due time.

 

How to use the ‘Portrait Mode’ on Instagram

To access the feature, Launch the Instagram app and simply swipe right on your feed to open the story camera. From here, swipe along the bottom camera format selector until you see “Focus.” Instagram then directs you how to take a portrait shot with either a “Find a face” or “Move closer” alert. You can tap the arrows in the bottom-right corner to switch between your cameras.

Once Instagram is able to identify a face at an adequate distance, Bam! Your face is now surrounded by an artsy blur. What you do from here is up to you — you can take a picture by tapping the shutter button at the bottom of the display, or you can hold the button to record a video.

 

You can add your portrait photo or video to your story by tapping the (+) at the bottom of the display, but you can also save your photo by tapping the arrow button.

That way, you share it anywhere, not only Instagram. This feature alone has placed Instagram as one of the most useful photo apps you can download, because even the iPhone X or Galaxy S9’s native camera apps can’t record portrait videos.

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5 comments on “How to Get Portrait Mode on Any Phone with Instagram’s Focus Camera

  1. Abdul Abdul says:

    Thank you Misstechy but does this apply for the rear camera?

  2. princewill says:

    Nice

  3. ỌBÁDÁRÀ says:

    … WELL, THIS IS A GOOD DEVELOPMENT. I HOPE TO TRY THIS OUT EVEN THOUGH I’M NOT CAMERA 📸 CENTRIC. BTW, CAN GB INSTAGRAM DO THIS?…

  4. Eze Chukwumaijem Adnah says:

    You said “even the iPhone X or Galaxy S9’s native camera apps can’t record portrait videos” they can actually, Just that the blur wouldn’t be there

  5. Muhammad S says:

    I wish tagging is possible here, there’s this girl here in sokoto that’s just so into portraits but can’t afford an iPhone. This would make her day.

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