What you need to know
- Google debuted an excellent Portrait Light feature with the Pixel 5 and 4a 5G.
- It allowed users to retrospectively edit the direction of light sources in their portrait shots from the Photos app.
- Portrait Light is now available for older Pixels.
With each new Pixel release, Google often trickles down software features to older models either via Play Store updates or Feature Drops. This time, it's a photo editing feature — Portrait Light — that's making the leap. Introduced with the Pixel 5 and 4a 5G, you no longer need to buy one of those to try it out as older phones have now gotten the Portrait Light feature by way of an update to the Photos app.
Reviewing the Pixel 5, Android Central's Daniel Bader found the portrait lighting feature compelling, saying:
Announced alongside this update, Google has also rolled out a new Google Photos app that's proving divisive. It comes with AI suggestions for enhancements and a new photo editor, but the new design has left some cold with the inability to manage multiple controls on a single screen. At least something like Portrait Light should prove to be a fun feature no matter where you stand on that.
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