Add stylish ef­fects to Por­trait mode pics

Light your por­traits like a pro­fes­sional Dis­cover how to ret­ro­spec­tively add re­al­is­tic light­ing ef­fects to Por­trait mode pho­tos

Mac Format - - CONTENTS - Matt Bolton

Awhat makes pro­fes­sional por­trait shots look so good is not just the qual­ity of cam­era

or fram­ing. Proper stu­dio light­ing el­e­vates a photo be­yond the norm. That’s why Ap­ple in­cludes some spe­cial light­ing ef­fects as part of Por­trait mode, but you don’t get any con­trol of those, so you can’t be artis­tic.

That’s where the app Apollo: Im­mer­sive Il­lu­mi­na­tion (£1.99) comes in. It lets you add cus­tom lights to Por­trait mode pho­tos, set­ting their colours and po­si­tions to cast re­al­is­tic glows on your sub­jects, for pro-style re­sults.

The thing is, light­ing is a skill like any other, so you need to know good prin­ci­ples if you want amaz­ing re­sults. Here, we’ll show you how to use the app it­self and its fea­tures, as well as some key ba­sic light­ing set­ups, show­ing how our use of lights within Apollo mim­ics real-life set­ups used by pho­tog­ra­phers. When you know the core tech­niques, you’ll be able to start play­ing with them, get­ting that stylised look that re­ally el­e­vates your shots.

Of course, be­cause this only works with Por­trait mode shots, you’ll need an iPhone 7 Plus, 8 Plus or X.

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