Who among the Mac, iPhone, and iPad faithful do not have photos in Photos; thousands of photos? The days of film and the expense of film, processing, and prints are long gone. We’re entering the age of computational photography.
Apple’s iconic iPhone is the perfect example. It’s a phone. It’s a computer. It’s a camera. One of the most popular camera brands on planet earth. Point. Shoot. Done. Unless you want to add effects or change the photo. For that you need an app. Here’s one to love.
The iPhone has an example of computational photography with the Portrait option. It keeps foreground objects in focus and blurs the background, just like professional photographers do with professional equipment. Photo Blur FX does something similar.
Considering the nominal price tag for an app that does the deeds after the fact of shooting, Photo Blur FX comes with plenty of easily accessible controls.
Use the tools to surround the object in the photo you want to stay in focus, then use slider bar and other tools to adjust the background focus. Photo Blur FX comes with options to adjust JPG quality, change intensity and edge of a foreground object, resize the photo, or simply blur the photo to make it more of a blurred image than the original using the General Blur tool.
In addition to blurring tools, the FX portion of Photo Blur gives you additional options to enhance static photos.
- Gaussian Blur (blurs your entire photo using the Gaussian blur algorithm)
- Motion Blur (gives your photo a dynamic look)
- Zoom Blur (applies a lens zoom effect in the center of your photo)
- Circle Blur (blurs a certain circular area of your photo)
- Tilt Shift Blur (blurs the top and lower regions of your photo bringing the center into focus)
- Focus Blur (blurs your entire photo except a certain area that will be brought into focus)
Everything about Photo Blur FX says quick workflow.
Not many. Photo Blur FX is easy to use but does require some effort in the area of trial and error. I noticed it took time to get the edges just right and the first dozen or so photos had so much blur that it was the first thing people noticed. There’s no trial version but it’s priced right.