Use Portrait mode or Live Focus on your Galaxy phone

Last Update date : Feb 13. 2021
Use Portrait mode or Live Focus on your Galaxy phone

You know that Samsung’s innovative cameras are fun to use and always include multiple options for getting your shots just right. The Live Focus feature has been a part of Galaxy phone cameras for a while and is known for its iconic filters. The original Live Focus is still great, but it has been replaced with Portrait mode on the Galaxy S21 5G lineup. With Portrait mode, you can use brand-new filters and effects to truly transform your selfies.

Information provided applies to devices sold in Canada. Available screens and settings may vary for smartphones sold in other countries.

Use Live Focus for the best photos (Galaxy S9 to Galaxy Note20)

Once you open up this feature, it will automatically apply your chosen filter to whatever you are taking pictures of. You can use it with the front camera for better selfies or with the rear camera for stunning photos of friends and family.

Open the Camera app, and then tap MORE. Tap LIVE FOCUS, and then tap the circle in the bottom right corner of the screen. There are a few options to choose from, and each can be altered using the slider.

Use Live Focus for the best photos (Galaxy S9 to Galaxy Note20)

  • Blur: This will blur the background around the subject.

  • Big circle: Creates a focused circle around your subject while severely blurring the background.

  • Color point: Changes the sharpness of the colors directly around your subject, so everything else becomes black and white.

  • Zoom: Creates an effect where it looks like you are moving toward the subject at a high speed.
The new Portrait mode (Galaxy S21 5G series)

Portrait mode on the Galaxy S21 5G series is very similar to Live Focus. The only difference is that it uses new effects and filters to take your photos to the next level. Your selfies will look better than ever before.

Open the Camera app, and then tap MORE. Tap PORTRAIT, and then tap the circle in the bottom right of the view finder. The options can be altered using the slider.

The new Portrait mode (Galaxy S21 5G series)

  • Blur: This will blur the background around the subject.

  • Studio: This applies a brightening effect to the subject but does not brighten the background, making the subject the main focal point.

  • High-key mono: Creates a monochromatic effect with high brightness. The entire picture and subject will appear in black and white.

  • Low-key mono: Similar to High-key mono where the picture appears in black and white. However, it uses low brightness instead.

  • Spin: Creates a spinning effect around the subject, so they really stand out against the background.

  • Backdrop: Grays out the background around the subject with a gradient effect, while the subject itself still has color.

  • Color point: Changes the sharpness of the colors directly around your subject, so everything else looks darker and the subject stands out.
Use Live Focus video or Portrait video

Although their names are different, Live focus video and Portrait video use the same options, whether you have a slightly older phone or a Galaxy S21 5G. Just like their picture alternatives, these modes add an effect to whatever you are recording using either the rear or front cameras.

Open the Camera app, and then tap MORE. Tap LIVE FOCUS VIDEO or PORTRAIT VIDEO, and then tap the circle in the bottom right of the view finder. There are four options to choose from, and each can be altered using the slider.

Use Live Focus video or Portrait video

  • Blur: This will blur the background around the subject that you are filming.

  • Big circle: Creates a focused circle around your subject while severely blurring the background.

  • Color point: Changes the sharpness of the colors directly around your subject, so everything else becomes black and white.

  • Glitch: This will create a colorful static effect in the background.

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