Photography / Still Life

Blurred Lines

How to blur backgrounds and perfect the shot.

Live Focus will blur photo background and makes foregrounds pop, like in this close up portrait.

Here’s our number one portrait photography tip: blurred backgrounds. The subtle blur brings your subject to the forefront and is perfect for portraits, selfies, and close-ups. Here’s our breakdown of how to get this effect with a Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

Live Focus is best used when your foreground has shallow depth.
1

Turn your camera on and tap “Live Focus”

The slider is how to blur background to your liking
2

Once in Live Focus, use the slider to adjust the background blur in real time

Blurring the background is one of our favorite mobile photography tips.
3

Snap the photo

Mobile photography taken with Live Focus is editable in Gallery later.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 camera comes with the Live Focus bokeh filter.
Bokeh Filters

Add some sparkle to your shot by using the Live Focus bokeh filters to change the shape of background lights.

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4

Forgot to add blur? No problem.

Just go into your Gallery. Select photos taken with Live Focus and adjust the amount of blur.

The Samsung Galaxy S9 camera comes with the Live Focus bokeh filter.
Bokeh Filters

Add some sparkle to your shot by using the Live Focus bokeh filters to change the shape of background lights.

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Capture the real you with Live Focus
Capture the real you with Live Focus
Capture the real you with Live Focus

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Capture your true self

Whether you’re taking selfies or professional portraits, the Galaxy S9 is the only tool you need to highlight your subject.

Galaxy S9 and S9+

Galaxy S9 and S9+

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