I love the "portrait effect" on my iPhone 8 Plus. Is there an app for the other iPhone models which can emulate it?

I'm specifically interested in two things:

  • Background bokeh
  • Studio lights

Here are some examples: link

Captura 3 -> Image without the effect
Captura -> Portrait effect (Bokeh in the background)
Captura 2 -> Portrait effect and B&W and studio lights

  • \$\begingroup\$ I think you misunderstand the term bokeh...and so we misunderstand what effect you are trying to achieve. Bokeh is the quality of out-of-focus parts of an image. What do you mean when you talk about the bokeh in these images? When I look at your "Captura 2", I just see a black background! \$\endgroup\$
    – osullic
    Commented Nov 15, 2017 at 12:38
  • \$\begingroup\$ Sorry @osullic, there is Captura the one with bokeh. \$\endgroup\$
    – MikelMats
    Commented Nov 15, 2017 at 12:46
  • \$\begingroup\$ The difference between Captura and Captura3 appears to be primarily framing, white balance and aperture, while Captura2 has some obvious additional external lighting (flashlight? snooted speedlight?) that has a definite focus. \$\endgroup\$
    – twalberg
    Commented Nov 15, 2017 at 13:16
  • \$\begingroup\$ @twalberg That's the whole point - the app on the iPhone 8 Plus is simulating the external lighting. \$\endgroup\$
    – Philip Kendall
    Commented Nov 15, 2017 at 13:18
  • \$\begingroup\$ @PhilipKendall If there isn't actually any additional external lighting, then I think what you want to search for is "vignetting"... \$\endgroup\$
    – twalberg
    Commented Nov 15, 2017 at 15:11

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I have found a couple of apps that do similar effect: -Phocus: portrait mode editor -Patch

Source: link


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