In the old days of film, we’d carefully compose an image, carefully change focus and aperture to get the right shot. Today, with a simple point and shoot camera (or, your phone), all the special effects are done after the photo is taken.
That includes focus. It’s now an add on effect.
Depth Of Field Is Applied In Post
Today’s digital cameras have dozens of electronic settings to enhance photos. But I’ve grown to like point and shoot using a wide angle lens and infinite focus.
Why? Because a photo with everything in the scene in focus is easier to add perfect depth of field using an app on my Mac.
Big Aperture is the coolest photo enhancement tool you can get for 99-cents.
It’s particularly useful for those of us with wide angle lenses who take many photos quickly, especially with auto focus, or full on focus.
This handy little app adds depth of field to the photos, only you choose where to place the focus and the blur. For example, here’s a sample before and after photo with everything in focus, then blur applied to all but the foreground of the photo.
The tools to achieve the depth of field effect are on the right sidebar. Choose the aperture size, the type of lens, and a variety of effects.
Big Aperture applies instant focus and blur to your photo.
A single click gives you a view of the photo before the effect and after the effect.
16 Bokeh effects are included, too, which can exaggerate lighting effects and change them to shapes such as stars, hearts or snowflakes.
These dreamy effects are easy to add to a photo though there’s a tendency to go overboard.
Also built-in is an Intelligent Focus System that lets you roughly define the focus area, then select a more precise section with a click.
A few dozen other filter effects are included along with nearly two dozen border styles. But it’s the depth-of-field focus effect that makes Big Aperture a bargain. Of course, the 99-cent price tag doesn’t hurt, either.