The Portrait mode instructs the camera to use a wide aperture. This is in order to allow for more bokeh in your photo and to give you an extremely shallow depth of field.
The upside is that, if you nail it, you’ll have a stunningly beautiful portrait. The downside here is that the shallow depth of field means that nailing the focus is extremely difficult.
Of course, this article assumes you already have a OneStep+ and the Polaroid app (if not, read here) and that they are connected (if not, read here).
(taken with portrait lens only, scanned with Polaroid Originals app)
(taken with portrait lens + portrait mode, scanned with Polaroid Originals app)
To start with the Portrait mode:
- Open the Polaroid app and connect your OneStep+ to the phone.
- Select the uppermost menu option on the home screen of the Polaroid app, labeled ‘OneStep+’
- The screen should now turn blue and indicate that you are now in the ‘Remote’ mode of the Polaroid app
- Swipe right twice, moving between shooting modes, until the screen is purple and reads ‘Portrait’ at the top of the screen.
With this mode, you can create captivating portraits with beautiful bokeh – a sharp subject with a blurry and bright background.
- For optimal results, your subject should be at a distance between 2-3 ft (0.6-0.9m) for the portrait lens and 4-7ft (1.3-2.2m) for the standard lens. Outside of this range, the result will be a standard photo without portrait effect.
- If the light is too bright, the portrait effect will not work correctly. You will still be able to take a regular photo but it will not show the desired portrait effect.
- If the scene is too dark, there is a risk of blurring in the final photo. Make sure to keep the camera steady by using a tripod or by placing it on a flat surface.
- Adjust the distance to the subject until the app indicates “good” distance. Ensure that the scene is neither too bright (sun icon) nor too dark (moon icon).
- Stay steady and press the button on the app to take your photograph!
Note: If the distance or light conditions aren't perfect the camera will take a normal auto exposure.