Apple Shares Behind the Scenes Look at How the Portrait Lighting Feature Was Created

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple this evening uploaded a new "Portrait Lighting" video to its YouTube channel, which is designed to give a behind the scenes look at how the Portrait Lighting effects on the iPhone X were created.

    In the video, Apple explains that it worked with global image makers and some of the world's best photographers to combine timeless lighting principles with machine learning techniques.

    The result was the Portrait Lighting feature available in 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's available for shots captured with the rear camera.

    Apple's Portrait Lighting feature is designed to use sophisticated algorithms to calculate how your facial features interact with light, creating unique lighting effects.

    There are several Portrait mode lighting presets, including Natural Light, Studio Light (lights up your face), Contour Light (adds dramatic shadows), Stage Light (spotlights your face against a dark background), and Stage Light Mono (Stage Light, but in black and white).

    Apple has also highlighted Portrait Lighting in several past video ads showing off iPhone X features.

    Article Link: Apple Shares Behind the Scenes Look at How the Portrait Lighting Feature Was Created
  2. KiwiAdventure Suspended

    Dec 7, 2010
    New Zealand
    This is great as another over priced industry is gone.
  3. riber79 macrumors newbie

    Dec 4, 2012
  4. Firebrand macrumors regular

    Sep 13, 2016
    Videos. The more the merrier :)

    Though wish we got to get some iMac (and I mean not iMac Pro, but general iMac line-up) video stuff / love too. If only a ‘full house’ video connecting all devices...
  5. gaximus macrumors 6502a

    Oct 11, 2011
    I was just discussing this today. It used to be anyone with a DLSR would call themselves a photographer. Now since everyone with a new smart phone can take their own pictures (better than most “photographers”) the only surviving photographers will be the ones that are actually great. Darwinism of the photography industry.
  6. 69Mustang macrumors 603


    Jan 7, 2014
    In between a rock and a hard place
    Here's my quick tl;dr review of Portrait Lighting:

    Needs work.
  7. TwoBytes macrumors 68030


    Jun 2, 2008
    Nice video Apple, looks amazing. Just make it work for the consumers like the advertisement, i mean, video.
  8. urkel macrumors 68030

    Nov 3, 2008
    So many words to describe such a mediocre effect.
  9. BWhaler macrumors 68030


    Jan 8, 2003
    This reminds me of when Apple brags about iOS 11 adoption rates.

    Does no one at Apple see the quality problems?
  10. Wackery macrumors 6502a

    Feb 1, 2015
    can someone sue for false advertising? it’s not anything like that
  11. SoulCloud macrumors member

    Apr 8, 2016
    After watching the video, I still have one question left: how the portrait lighting feature was created?
  12. araadt macrumors newbie


    Apr 28, 2016
    Calgary, Alberta
    The bulk of the kit set up on the left is what we call "the big show." Set up enough stuff and it'll look impressive—now the client knows they're getting their money's worth! This is really a one-light photo—and if you're doing it right, you don't even need the seamless.
  13. devinthomas macrumors regular

    Mar 16, 2013
    I actually really enjoy this feature and look forward to future revisions and new modes. It gets a little confused with more than one face, and it goes a little overboard in some lighting conditions. I think a slider to adjust the intensity would be a nice additive.
  14. jellyjeff macrumors newbie

    Jul 28, 2017
    So, one light and a reflector then. Yes, revolutionary. I'm sure professional photographers throughout the land are terrified that their livelihood is now moot, killed by a chap or chapess turning up with a multi-use communications device that you can't even physically remove the file from.

    The example of "studio-quality photos" being taken demonstrably in a studio is a peculiar one, even for Apple.
  15. rturner2 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2009
    Never seen so much blatant false advertising in Apples history. Disgraceful behaviour.
  16. swingerofbirch macrumors 68040

    Oct 24, 2003
    The Amalgamated States of Central North America
    They had a seance with Leonardo da Vinci and Annie Leibowitz.

    Then Rosie the Robot did the rest.

    That's sort of what I took from the video.
  17. pacmania1982 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 19, 2006
    Birmingham, UK
    Portrait lighting doesn't work when you're balding! None of the pictures I've taken look any good with my shiny noggin
  18. Stiss macrumors 6502a

    Apr 18, 2009
    It really doesn't take 'studio quality portraits'.

    Sent from my iPhone X
  19. recoil80 macrumors 68020

    Jul 16, 2014
    The only portrait effect I use on my 8+ is the one they introduced with iPhone 7+
    I think it is the only one that really works and if you look at the pics on a phone or a tablet they seem really good. I printed some of them and as long as you chose a small format they're fine. If you look to them on a mac or a pc you can immediately notice they're taken with an iPhone, but that's ok, the phone isn't a DSLR.
    The effects with the black background never work for me. I can clearly see parts of the face cut, or part of the background still attached to the subject even without zooming the pic on my iPhone
  20. MrUNIMOG macrumors 6502


    Sep 23, 2014
    Hamburg, Germany
    To all the naysayers and false-advertising-claimers:

    Sure, the feature is far from perfect. For me, Portrait Mode with the TrueDepth (front) Camera is seldom satisfactory. But keep in mind that Portrait Lighting is still officially in beta.

    However I don't doubt a second that it works exactly as advertised, with the exact woman from the video, in that exact setting. And many other scenarios/persons. It's really your hair that makes or breaks it.

    Also did you notice the usual "screen images simulated" or "additional software/hardware used" disclaimers were missing? What you saw on the iPhone in the video was legit.
  21. garrick2007 macrumors member


    Jul 15, 2016
    Bay Area, CA
    Im a professional portrait photographer, I can say that the portrait mode front and back is fairly good and also can say apple is getting somewhere with this Portrait Lighting effect.
  22. ataq, Feb 22, 2018
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2018

    ataq macrumors regular

    Oct 29, 2006
    You call this behind the scenes?
    It‘s like showing Transformers Movie and after that a Kid playing with its Transformers toys.

    It was a great laugh. Thanks :)
  23. nordicappeal macrumors regular


    Apr 16, 2011
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    Its great for selfies, yes. Taking portraits is a creative proces that is fun and require skills and personality to make something unique for each person. When do you want that lighting effect and a black background on you business pages?
  24. Jesse Waugh Suspended

    Jesse Waugh

    Nov 10, 2017
    New York City
    Yeah - in my experience all that equipment doesn’t necessarily make for a better photo - just one that has aesthetics which people associate as “professional”. The best photos in my opinion were Hollywood golden age celebrity portraits, which I believe were lit fairly simply with one or two lights and maybe a reflector — that combined with soft lens effects and sympathetic developing.
    --- Post Merged, Feb 22, 2018 ---
    Half the posters on MacRumors refuse to acknowledge Apple’s quality issues. Goodness knows how brainwashed Apple cult victims — oh sorry - I mean Apple employees - are when it comes to seeing the forest for the trees.
  25. winmacuser macrumors member

    Feb 13, 2009
    What about a Behind the Scenes video about development of password protection in macOS or special character implementation? :p

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