Three tips for better portraits with your smartphone's bokeh mode

Three tips for better portraits with your smartphone's bokeh mode

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We have already written in detail about what bokeh actually is and how bokeh effects on smartphones work. Here’s just a brief recap: Digital bokeh effects are always based on your smartphone’s foreground and background being distinguishable from each other. This makes it possible to blur the background, while the subject in the foreground remains sharp. Voila, the photo looks like it was taken by a SLR camera…maybe.
Tip 1: The right distance between the subject and background
Of course, the first thing you need to do is activate the background blur, or bokeh, mode. This can be found either directly on the viewfinder screen of your camera app or in the settings menu with the various recording options. If you do not find a bokeh function, it may be hiding in plain sight under the name of “portrait mode”.
To make sure your smartphone can distinguish between the background and the subject, make sure the distance between them is at least six and a half feet (or two meters).
For portraits, the ideal distance between the photographer and the subject is somewhere between 20 inches and six and a half feet. For smartphones like the Galaxy Note 8 or iPhone 8 Plus, with an additional telephoto lens, the portrait mode might require a bit more.
The right distance is key. / © AndroidPIT
Tip 2: Stumbling blocks: Eyeglass lenses, window panes, etc.
Even though digitally created bokeh effects are getting closer and closer to the real thing, there are still common pitfalls to be avoided, mostly caused by transparent objects like eyeglasses or cocktail glasses. In these cases, unfortunately, the blur effect is not applied to the background through the glass as it should be.
It is best to avoid putting transparent objects in the foreground next to your subject. For

Article originally published at: Droid Life