App for iOS allows the Apple iPhone 7 Plus to copy the black Portrait Lighting background from iPhone 8/X

Those with the Apple iPhone 7 Plus might understandably wish they had upgraded to the Apple iPhone 8 Plus or Apple iPhone X, especially if they like the Portrait Lighting feature on the new models. With Portrait Lighting, users can create certain depth effects with the background of a portrait, including a black background that completely hides the location where the portrait was snapped.

Until now, those with the iPhone 7 Plus had to jailbreak their phone in order to access the feature. But now, a photography app named Focos that has already been sitting in the App Store, has added a new …

Apple promo video shows how it came up with Portrait Lighting

With the use of the Portrait Lighting feature on the Apple iPhone 8 Plus and Apple iPhone X, users can create “dramatic lighting effects” when taking a portrait or a selfie. One of the coolest features is the Stage Light setting, which allows users to make the background disappear completely into a sea of black while light shines on the subject. Other settings include Natural, Studio, Contour or Stage Light Mono.

A new promo video released today by Apple explains how Portrait Lighting was created. Apple says that it studied “the art of portraiture from paintings to photographs.” …

Latest Apple iPhone X ad is all about the selfie, Portrait Lighting, and Muhammad Ali

Ming-Chi Kuo is arguably the most connected Apple analyst on this planet. Working for KGI Securities, Kuo has a fabulous track record and when he talks about Apple products, people listen. For example, while everyone was wondering early last year where Apple was going to put Touch ID on the iPhone X, Kuo already knew the answer. Consider this paragraph written by yours truly last February, seven months before the phone was unveiled. Just keep in mind that back then, we all thought that the tenth anniversary model would be called the iPhone 8:

“Ming-Chi Kuo recently said that the …

Philips and Razer team up to bring smart RGB lighting to the next level

Philips Hue is a wireless lighting system that lets users easily control their Philips smart lights with a smartphone or tablet, and it’s about to get a whole lot crazier. Philips has teamed up with gaming company Razer to integrate Razer’s Chroma platform in Philips Hue, enabling smart RGB lights synchronization with games and movies.

Colorful light pulsating through your Razer keyboard in time with the action on screen is one thing, but imagine every light in your room doing so as well. The two companies revealed the project on stage at CES with an …

Latest Apple iPhone 8 Plus ad shows off Portrait Lighting feature

The latest television commercial for the Apple iPhone 8 Plus features the company’s new Portrait Lighting feature. From Studio Light, which shines light on the subject’s face without creating shadows, to Stage Light, which isolates the subject by dissolving the background into a sea of black, Portrait Lighting is available on the Apple iPhone 8 Plus (and the iPhone X when that model is released in November). In addition to Studio and Stage Light, Contour Light uses deeper shadows to highlight the edges of the face and creates more contrast. And Stage Light Mono removes the background, replacing …

How to use Portrait Lighting on iPhone 8 Plus / X

The iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus come with a brand new camera feature: Portrait Lighting, and Apple says it is way more than just a filter. The company has allegedly spent countless hours setting up studio lights and studying the renaissance masters to understand and bring portrait lighting to your iPhone pictures without any additional real light and just a tap away.
Is this new Portrait Lighting really that great and what can you expect from it in real life?
We shot and analyzed over a hundred pictures with the new …

It’s Lit: How one LA DJ uses smart lighting to enhance his life


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Brian Henry’s life is lit. For the last few years, Henry’s pursued and perfected an occupation that many try — and fail — to make their own: Brian Henry is a DJ. Known professionally as DJ B-Hen, the 33-year old Los Angeles native built momentum over the years and has emerged as one of the nation’s most promising young DJs

Henry’s clients have ranged from nightclubs to talk shows to luxury booze brands, and he’s performed for a roster of celebrities that include the former first lady. But what goes into the business of partying? For B-Hen, it’s all about owning a custom lighting setup that gives him sway over both his live show and household Read more…

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Photos show off Portrait Lighting camera effects on iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus

Chances are that you’re already familiar with Apple’s Portrait Mode – a feature that adds artistic blur (bokeh) to the background of your images. It was introduced with the iPhone 7 Plus, leveraging its dual camera system to produce the effect. At today’s keynote, Apple announced a new addition to its Portrait mode called Portrait Lighting. As its name suggests, it allows the lighting of the image to be manipulated for more dramatic effect.
Sounds cool and all, but what do photos with Portrait Lighting applied look like? Well, in the gallery below are a few samples …