How much has photography changed in the digital era? Other than the fact that we still use cameras it’s a night and day comparison. Digital photography not only changed how we shoot and edit photos, it also changed the volume of photos.
For example, back in the day we’d have an SLR, buy film, shoot photos (carefully framing each one, making sure exposure was spot on), develop film, print film. Repeat. It was an expensive and time consuming proposition, and adding photo enhancements was the purview of professionals.
Not any more.
Here’s an example of digital photography today. Grab the DSLR or smartphone (sometimes it’s difficult to tell the difference between photos from each), shoot photos in automatic mode, without regard to focus or exposure, then enhance the photo after it’s uploaded to your Mac (and many iPhone apps negate even that step).
One thing I’ve been doing recently is setting the digital camera to auto mode and even adding or adjusting focus later– depth of field has become the bokeh effect. Lens Blur is one of the better Mac apps for creating and managing that dreamy bokeh effect.
In the original photo, everything was in focus except the background. In the photo enhanced by Lens Blur, the balloons join the background; slightly out of focus.
Here’s another example of how to adjust and enhance focus for effects.
How are such effects implemented?
As it turns out, it’s easier than you might think. Select the area on the photo where you want to change focus. Select the Lens settings or use a Preset. Adjust the Focus Shift with a slider bar.
You also get more granular control over exposure, brightness, and highlights. A little trial and error is required for optimum results, but it’s difficult to imagine it could be much easier to add that dream bokeh effect.
No new lens required. Depth of field is mostly unimportant.
For any Mac user into the simple routine of point and shoot, which delivers a digital photo where nearly everything is in focus, Lens Blur can turn the photo into a bokeh masterpiece within seconds.
Accurate lens simulation makes defocused effects a breeze to add to any photo, regardless of the camera; smartphone, point and shoot, DSLR. The app is simple to install and operate and works on Macs back to OS X 10.7 Mountain Lion. It’s a bit expensive for a one-trick pony app but does the job with ease.