Photo editing with depth
£28.99 FROM BrainFeverMedia, brainfevermedia.com NEEDS OS X 10.10 or later
Portrait Mode in iOS takes advantage of the dual sensors of the latest iPhones to capture depth data and image subject. The feature pulls out the subject of a photo while giving the background a cinematic out-of-focus look.
Anamorphic Pro takes the process one step further, allowing you to adjust the blurring effect after the fact, apply Lookup Table (LUT) filters for a classy look, or use the newly-added brush tool to create unique focus maps and discard original depth info altogether.
It works, at least to a certain extent; Anamorphic Pro’s simplistic interface makes reasonably impressive results as easy as tweaking a few sliders, and bokeh controls offer a fairly good facsimile of the kind of characteristics you’d expect from professional lenses. We’d have appreciated a way to lock down a depth setting and then tweak the original map – the iPhone’s sensors don’t always get it right – and, for the money, a little more control over the (admittedly very smart) selection of filters would be good. This feels almost like a toy – the results might be sharp, but the execution’s a little off.
Use the brush tool to ‘block out’ areas you want to shift in focus.