Unlocking Bokeh Effect: How to Blur Background on iPhone

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How to Blur Background on the iPhone: A Step-by-Step Guide

Hello, this is Tracy, and I’m going to guide you through the easy steps of blurring the background on your iPhone. This wonderful feature, also known as depth effect or portrait mode, makes your subject stand out from the background for professional-looking photographs.

Take a Photo Using Portrait Mode

The first step in creating a blurred background on your iPhone is using the Portrait Mode. Follow these easy steps:

  1. Open the Camera App on your iPhone.
  2. Swipe to the Portrait Mode.
  3. Follow the prompts given to you by your device. It may instruct you to move further away or closer to your subject.
  4. Click the shutter button when you’re satisfied with the framing.

Apply Background Blur to Existing Photos

If you want to apply a blur effect on existing photos, the inbuilt ‘edit’ feature in iPhone can help you with this.

  1. Go to your Photos App and select the photo you wish to edit.
  2. Tap ‘Edit’ at the top right corner.
  3. If your photo was taken in portrait mode, you can adjust the level of blur (also known as Depth Control) by moving the slider at the bottom.
  4. Tap ‘Done’ when you’re satisfied with the blurry background effect.

Tips and Tricks

Remember, for the best results, try to keep some distance between your subject and the background. The blur effect works best when there’s some space to create the depth effect. Also, make sure there is good lighting. This will not only improve the quality of the photo but also make the blur effect appear smoother.

In conclusion, whether you want to take a professional-looking photo or simply play with creative photography techniques on your iPhone, blurring the background is an easy and effective way to elevate your shots. Remember, practice makes perfect. So keep experimenting!

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Until next time, this is Tracy from, demystifying technology, one article at a time.


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