Instagram Now Has Portrait Mode For Stories

Instagram Now Has Portrait Mode For Stories

Instagram revealed a new feature today that mimics the blurry depth of field on Portrait Mode photos, only it works on older iPhones and even Android smartphones.

For using this new feature, the user needs to go to the story section on their profile and swipe towards the left to right.

Instagram's theft of key Snapchat features continues: The Facebook-owned photo app is reportedly readying a feature called Nametags that would essentially function like Snapchat's Snapcodes. This works via artificial intelligence that will be working at all times in order to detect faces in the shot. This feature is similar to the "Portrait Mode" that's appeared in several manufacturer camera apps over the past couple of years.

You can also record videos using the Focus mode, and apply stickers, filters and text once the picture is clicked. Moving away from the new camera mode, Stories' users will now also have access to a new user mention sticker. It is highly recommended for every Instagram user to take advantage of this feature by going to the settings and enabling it as it is worth the extra hassle which can help you ensure that your Instagram account stay safe. Instead of typing username and sending a follow request, you can simply point your stories camera at a Nametag to add them. If your device is running at least v39 of the app and meets the decidedly vague criteria mentioned above, this feature should already be available to you.

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This is basically like the new iPhone focus tool, so it's pretty cool.

When you open the camera in Instagram app, you'll see "Focus" next to "Superzoom" under the record button.

Instagram said that Focus mode is able to leverage background segmentation and face detection technology instead of using dual cameras to enable the effect to take place. Making them look as good as possible could keep Instagram from growing stale as it rockets toward 1 billion users.

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