Apple Shares Two Tutorial Videos Covering Portrait Lighting on iPhone 8 Plus

Apple today shared two new tutorial videos on its YouTube channel, walking users through the steps required to use the new Portrait Lighting feature on the iPhone 8 Plus.

The first video focuses on how to shoot using Portrait Lighting, while the second video covers how to add Portrait Lighting effects when editing a photo.


Like Apple's other tutorial videos, the two Portrait Lighting videos are short and to the point, walking users through a series of simple steps to access the features.

Portrait Lighting is a new feature that's available on the iPhone 8 Plus and the upcoming iPhone X.

Portrait Lighting is designed to let you add studio quality lighting effects to your images, with Apple using two cameras to create a depth map of an image along with machine learning techniques to decide how to adjust the lighting in a scene.

The feature works in real-time, but it can also be added to images after a photo has been taken.

Portrait Lighting effects include Natural Light, Studio Light (lights up your face), Contour Light (adds dramatic shadows), Stage Light (spotlights your face against a dark background), and Stage Light Mono (Stage Light, but in black and white).

Top Rated Comments

Relentless Power Avatar
40 months ago

if only Stage Light mode worked that well..

In fairness, it's in beta and will continue to improve. I think it's an interesting mode to edit the lighting for the photo and its background. I see it as adding creativity in the least.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DocMultimedia Avatar
40 months ago
Sure would be nice if they put the same camera in the iPhone 8. I just don't like the size of the Plus.

Guess I'll be waiting months for my X.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mazz0 Avatar
40 months ago
What a surprise - straight hair and a headscalf.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
poppe Avatar
40 months ago

Sure would be nice if they put the same camera in the iPhone 8. I just don't like the size of the Plus.

Guess I'll be waiting months for my X.

This is why I'm getting the X mostly. That and the OLED screen where the blacks are so dark it looks tangible. But this whole phablet size only to get the great camera... drives me nuts. I want to be able to type with one hand and not have to use some kind of modified keyboard that is scrunched or third party that slows down the phone when transition. We didn't come out of caves to live like animals using two hands to type like barbarians.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
soanis Avatar
40 months ago

Why is this such a selling feature on a device? After the first wave of everyone posting the same exact looking picture on social media, no one will ever use this again.

the essence of consumerism : the notion of feeling unique, even for the slightest amount of time.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Jimmy Bubbles Avatar
40 months ago
what's the big deal with having a woman wearing a hijab? I just see oppression when I see that.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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