The Apple iPhone X may be criticized for a lot of things, some of them arguably rightly so, but some of its features can not be taken away from it. And one of those features is the Portrait Lighting effect.
The feature is designed to use sophisticated algorithms to calculate how your facial features interact with light, creating unique lighting effects. Giving us a little sneak peek on how the feature was created, Apple has shared a video on its YouTube channel that does just that.
“Take a look behind the iPhone X and discover the process we went through to create Portrait Lighting. Combining timeless lighting principles with advanced machine learning, we created an iPhone that takes studio-quality portraits without the studio,” Apple describes the video.
And the result of the video you just watched above is the Portrait Lighting feature, which is available in the Portrait Mode on the iPhone X and the iPhone 8 Plus. On iPhone X, Portrait Lighting is available for both the front and rear facing cameras, thanks to the TrueDepth camera system, while on iPhone 8 Plus, it works only with the rear camera.
The Portrait mode has several other lighting presets, which include Natural Light, Studio Light , Contour Light, Stage Light, and Stage Light Mono.