Have you read about the $400 Lytro camera? It takes photos where everything is in focus. Adding focus or depth of field is done in software. You can kinda sorta do the same thing with the camera in your iPhone. All you need to do is snap the photo and use software to change the focus of objects or the depth of field.
The Twist In Focus
As much as it pains me to say it, I come from that generation of photographer-wannabe where film was involved, focus and exposure were critical components of each shot, and composure was an issue.
Today’s digital cameras do a point and shoot variety of photographer that gives you even more options to edit your photos after you take the shot.
The new twist on digital camera focus is FocusTwist, an inexpensive iPhone photo app which takes ordinary photos and turns them into extraordinary photos– focused however you want.
In other words, you use your fingers to apply focus or blur to an object within a photo.
Sounds good, right? It is but there are a few caveats to be aware of. It’s not just point and shoot. It’s point and shoot, and shoot, and shoot.
That’s because FocusTwist is a camera app that takes multiple photos in varying focus modes to ensure you have plenty of room to apply sharp focus and blur to your photo.
Think of FocusTwist as a combo camera app and focus enhancement app.
Use it to take the photo (actually, multiple photos) which give you more focus and depth of field options to the photo.
It’s a good way to create unique photos when you have a scene with multiple elements. FocusTwist is especially good on close up items when the camera is attached to a small tripod.
That gives you photos which can be comparable to the $400 Lytro camera (in which everything in the scene is in focus all the time) without the expense.
One thing that’s unexpected is that FocusTwist only shoots in square mode, not 4:3 or 3:2. It snaps multiple photos of the same image which is what gives you options to focus some items in a scene and not others.
It’s not a Lytro, of course, and the quality of the photos is not comparable, but the effects are similar.