Portrait Lighting

Apple launched its latest line up smartphones, the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 plus and the iPhone X which are currently the hot topics in the world of tech.

However, to own one, you have to put a huge dent in your pocket. But one of the most sought after feature in the iPhone 8 plus that everyone is interested about is the Portrait Lighting Effect in the camera.

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This effect gives an extra beauty to the photo by providing it a more defined touch and simulating a studio light effect which was never done on any other smartphone before.

But, you cannot achieve studio lighting a.k.a the portrait lighting by default in any current camera app but we can easily achieve this by manually editing the photo in any photo editor of your choice.

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How To Get iPhone’s Portrait Lighting On Any Android

In this step by step tutorial, you can easily achieve the portrait lighting effect in your phone by following these steps in just 2 minutes or even less than that if you do it once or twice.

For now, we found the perfect recipe for only one kind of portrait lighting effect and we will keep you posted when we find more.

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You can go through our step by step tutorial here below or you can jump to a quick 2 minutes video given below.

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Step 1:

Open any photo editor of your choice, but here we are using one of the best photo editors in the play store, which is the Snapseed editor.

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Portrait Lighting

Step 2:

Open the photo that you want to edit and crop it till your face level or you can also have it till whatever level you want to have.

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Step 3:

Apply a simple black and white filter and first make the whole picture black and white.

You can also do the step 4 and then do the step 3, but by putting the B&W filter will give you a better idea of till what you want your photo to display the portrait lighting effect.

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Step 4:

Crop the picture to a viewport so that we can now do the actual portrait lighting effect.

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Now go to the image tuner and reduce the “shadow bar” to a negative value to make the darker parts of the picture more prominent which makes the brighter part stand out.

Portrait Lighting

Step 6:

Not go the brush options ( differs from editor to editor) and reduce the exposure level and touch on the regions that you want to make darker or even completely go black in the image.

This way you can make your actual highlighted part of the subject stand apart and give it a lighting effect. Do this step again and again by applying the negative exposure repeatedly to necessary level.

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In the video, I have completely blacked out my shirt and gave a little but higher exposure to my chest to give it a more realistic lighting effect which will make the edit much closer to the actual portrait lighting effect.

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Step 7:

Once you are done with your editing, save it and flaunt your edit to your friends by sharing it. This edit just takes 2 minutes or less and it comes totally free of cost. This shows that the portrait lighting effect, the only “unique” feature that the iPhone 8 plus or the iPhone X had not so “unique” after all and you don’t have to spend $1000 on that.

Portrait Lighting


  1. Good tutorial but I tried this with other lightening options and its not giving the results it should… I guess we would have to wait for google to step up their game

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