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
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.