Have I stumbled across some long-held-from-the-public secret of digital photography? No, not really. Anyone with a good DSLR camera, a smartphone with a good camera, or even a traditional point-and-shoot camera will appreciate how cool this is.
Back In The Day Of Film
My personal collection– film and slides– from 20 years amounts to about 10,000 photos. In 10 years of digital photography I’ve tripled that many photos; over 30,0000.
Granted, a large number of the total are mostly crap secondary photos but, unlike film processing and prints, or slides, digital photos don’t cost much.
The trick I stumbled upon is pretty cool and gives a digital photographer a lot more flexibility when it comes to focus and depth of field.
Lens Blur is a small Mac app that provides adjustable blur, as in depth of field, after the photo has been taken.
So, instead of worrying about focus, I just set the DSLR so nearly everything is in focus all the time, shoot photos until storage is full, and add depth of field or crisp focus later. All you need to create great effects is to adjust a few settings and slider bars.
Lens blur comes with a standard array of lens profiles which simulate on your Mac the effects from expensive lenses for your camera. Abstract backgrounds, for example, are a breeze with the lens defocus effect.
This makes it good for adjusting the focus of portrait photos, landscapes, or close up photos. Look what you can do with a simple photo of a tree and a few effects.
You control the depth of field look on a focused photo which makes it easy to soften an image with an out-of-focus background. Photos can be exported to iPhoto, Aperture, Photoshop, or Lightroom.
You won’t use Lens Blur on every photo, but it makes plain photos look special with just a few clicks. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the Lens Blur developer doesn’t understand the value of try-before-you-buy. There’s no trial version and the price tag, though nominal, isn’t complete. Lens Blur has a couple of in-app purchase options which could double the price.
An older version demo can be found here.