Instagram debuts new 'Focus' mode that blurs backgrounds in portrait shots

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Along with the Focus mode feature, it's testing a Snapchat QR code-style feature called Instagram Nametags.

Since portrait mode makes subjects "pop", it is a cool way to make your photos stand out and now Instagram is joining the fun. The company has shown green flag to the new feature by confirming the update during a press release.

If your smartphone is one of supported devices for Instagram Focus mode and you've been wondering how to use this new feature, then here is a simple guide which will help you capture Bokeh effect in the pictures perfectly. "Focus mode leverages background segmentation and face detection technology", an Instagram spokesperson told TechCrunch. An Instagram rep confirmed the Nametags test.

The narrative that Instagram's move into ephemeral photos and videos with Instagram stories would kill Snapchat engagement is greatly exaggerated among teens. Once you switch to Focus mode, you will see a message saying "Find a face", and, once you have a person in the frame, the background will blur out making the person stay in focus.

Facebook Inc's Instagram will soon allow its users to download a copy of all the content they have uploaded on the photo-sharing platform, a spokesman said on Wednesday.

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Along with Focus, Instagram are also launching the @mention sticker (on iOS only) as another new way to tag friends in Stories.

As of now, the new feature is limited to users who are running the latest version of the app.

After you take the photo, you can do the usual creative stuff like add filters, stickers, text or whatever it is that you usually do in your Instagram Stories.

It might sound a bit "bad" because it seems as though Instagram was nearly pressured to do it, but according to a spokeswoman, Instagram was "initiated and drove the creation of Stories internally and was not pressured". The new mode is now situated between the Superzoom and Boomerang modes, so do check it out.

Now, in order to make use of this Portrait Mode, just select this option by swiping on the options.