The Facebook-owned photo and video-sharing social networking service Instagram has recently released a new feature called “Focus” to be used in Stories.
This will enable users to take high-quality photos and videos using the Instagram app.
This feature focuses the image on a subject’s face whilst gently blurring the background, however, the feature is only available on high-end devices such as Samsung Galaxy S9, iPhone X and the iPhone 8 Plus.
Owners of the less expensive devices have never had this portrait mode feature in their camera settings, until now.
Instagram’s new focus feature allows owners, without high-end devices, to make their Stories images look fantastic.
When asked how the new focus feature works without dual cameras an Instagram spokesperson explained, “Focus mode leverages background segmentation and face detection technology.”
The Focus feature is available for selected Android devices and the following Apple devices, iPhone 6s, 6s+, 7, 7+, 8, 8+ and X.
Instagram explained how to use the new feature:
“When you open the camera, you’ll see “Focus” next to “Superzoom” under the record button. Take a selfie or switch to the back-facing camera to find a friend. As soon as there is someone in the shot, you will notice the person stays in focus while the background softly blurs — making sure they stand out in a striking way. Simply tap to take a photo or tap and hold to record a video. When you’re done, you can add creative tools like filters, stickers and text to your photo or video before sending to your friends on Instagram Direct or adding to your story.”
The Focus update also includes the “@mention” sticker to iOS for Stories.
Instagram explained again “After you’ve taken a photo or video in your stories camera, open the stickers tray, tap the @mention sticker, start typing the name of the account you want to mention and select from the options that appear. You can then rotate, scale and place your sticker wherever you’d like.”