Best Tips to Take Better Portrait Photos on Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

Blurring the background like DSLR camera on the smartphone was a dream for users. But, with the Portrait mode on Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, Google has made it easier for users to take a perfect photo just like a High-end Cameras.

If you have a recently bought a Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL and don’t have any idea to take better portrait photos, then you will just need to follow some tips and tricks. And, in this post, you will get proper idea about what’s most important, sharp, simulate the shallow depth, what to focus and how to soft blur the background. Without further ado, let’s find how to take better portrait photos on Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.

Tips to take Better Portrait Photos on Google Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL

Tips to Take Better Portrait Photos on Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

#1: Get Closer Get Better

Since Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL don’t have a second camera with a longer focal length, you will have to get closer to the object to take the best portrait photo. Less distance between phone camera and object will get better blur image like high-end DSLR Camera. Hence, get closer to take a clear picture with the highest amount of background blur.

#2: Don’t forget to tap

If you are regularly taking pictures on your smartphone, then you probably know how to focus on the main object to get a better picture. Likewise, on Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, you will need to tap the main object to adjust the exposure to prioritize and object. You can also tap on the screen and drag your finger up and down to adjust the exposure.

#3: More Distance = Blurry Background

If you want more blurry background, then keep a more distance between an object and a background. The distance between them will take a more clear picture with the wider background.

#4: Avoid Flash

We know that Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL has the best camera ever and it works better in daylight as well as in low light or nigh light. Whenever you try to take a picture, we suggest you avoid using LED flash. Your first preference should be taking pictures with available light. It doesn’t matter low or high light. There are some filters integrated that you can use to edit it later and brighten up the image.

#5: Choose Best Grid Lines

Whenever you take a picture, there has always been a point of interest of the snap. When you try to take a picture, you will find three different grid icon option- 3×3, 4×4, and Golden Ratio. You can choose any one grid you like. Well, most of the people prefer 3×3 to get a better image. You will have to either put the subject on one line or on the place where the lines intersect to improve the composition.

#6: Get Subject in Front To Get Beautiful Bokeh

Another most important tips to get a better portrait of Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL is to keep the main subject in front or visible. If your subject is in front, then you will get more blur and beautiful bokeh. So, try to avoid another object while keeping the main subject in stand out to get the best portrait photos.

#7: Look For Lines

When you take a picture from Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, your device sense the lines of bricks, tiles, staircases, or building grid to enhance the sense of depth in the picture and emphasize your subject to get the best portrait.

#8: Shoot Form The Better Viewpoint

Your perception also matters a lot while taking portrait pictures. Whether you are shooting from the low front or sideline, choose a better angle to emphasize shapes and graphic components in the object and subject to get the best click.

#9: Try To Capture With Only Subject or Object

If you are capturing pictures with multiple objects, then your photo’s magic will be compromised. Try to make your subject clear first in front and clean background to take the best portrait picture from the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Well, before hitting the shutter button, you should check the outside edge to avoid a mess.

#10: Avoid The Crowds

Always try to take pictures placing all your subjects at the same distance. Well, if you try to capture pictures in a crowd, then the focus of your camera may distract from the subject, and your photo will get fully blurred. Understand that Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL’s portrait mode works great when all subjects or group of people are at the same distance from your smartphone camera.

#11: Better Lighting Better Snap

Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL’s portrait mode always prefer good lighting to capture best portrait pictures. Nature is your friend; it changes time-to-time. The better sunlight lets you take better images and cloudy environment diffuse light. Hence, always choose a place to take a better portrait where the lighting is great. If you want to click in the night, we suggest you use your friend’s phone flashlight instead of LED flash.

#12: Use Double Tap to Zoom

There is also a Double-tap to zoom features integrated on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL camera app. You can activate this features on your camera setting under the Gesture options. Once you turned it on, zoom on the object by double tap on the home screen on your camera app on your Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.


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