How to Adjust Portrait Mode Blur in Photos on iPhone & iPad

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Apple’s iPhones have been doing an incredible job in the photography department packing some of the best sensors in a smartphone camera. A lot of people have been switching to flagship iPhones purely to take great photos without having to shell out thousands of dollars on DSLR cameras and lenses. That being said, having finer control over the photos you take is more important even if you have the assistance of computational photography features like Deep Fusion.

Being able to fine-tune the level of bokeh is something most people would appreciate. So, if you’re interested in trying it out, read on to learn how you can adjust Portrait mode blur in the Photos app on your iPhone and iPad.

How to Change Portrait Mode Blurring in Photos on iPhone & iPad

This feature which Apple calls Depth Control is only available on select iPhone models, starting with the iPhone XS, iPhone XR, and newer devices. As for iPads, you’ll need a third-generation iPad Pro or later.

  1. Launch the stock Photos app on your iPhone and open the Portrait photo that you want to adjust the blur for. Tap on the picture once to access the Photos app menu.

    How to Adjust Portrait Mode Blur in Photos on iPhone & iPad
  2. Next, tap on “Edit” from the bottom menu as shown in the screenshot below to access the photo editor.

    How to Adjust Portrait Mode Blur in Photos on iPhone & iPad
  3. Here, you’ll see the f-stop or aperture level at which the Portrait photo was taken at the top of your screen. Tap on the f-stop option as shown here.

    How to Adjust Portrait Mode Blur in Photos on iPhone & iPad
  4. This will bring up the Depth Control slider. You can move the slider to the left or right according to your requirement. Note that the lower the f-stop, the higher the level of blur in your picture.

    How to Adjust Portrait Mode Blur in Photos on iPhone & iPad

When you’re satisfied with the changes, simply tap on “Done” at the bottom-right corner of your screen to overwrite the updated version of the picture.

There you go. You no longer have to worry about too much bokeh or too little blur in your portrait shots, since you can adjust it accordingly during post-processing. Or, if you think a particular picture would look better without the bokeh effect, you can simply tap on the Portrait option at the top to toggle it off and see it for yourself.

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