Best apps to add the depth of field ef­fect to your pic­tures

Now get strik­ing out-of-fo­cus blur in your pic­tures with­out in­vest­ing in a dual-cam­era smart­phone

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - CONTENTS - BY NIDHI SIN­GAL ILLUSTRATION BY NI­LAN­JAN DAS

Haven’t we all mar­velled at pic­tures that show­case the sub­ject in marked clar­ity against an aes­thet­i­cally blurred back­ground? If you thought this pho­to­graphic fi­nesse only comes with train­ing or re­quires a sig­nif­i­cantly ad­vanced cam­era, you are mis­taken. The bokeh ef­fect, as it is called – which has its ori­gin in the Ja­panese word boke, mean­ing blur or haze – can be achieved us­ing a smart­phone with a dual-cam­era set-up. The ones with a wide-an­gle and tele­photo lens or RGB and mono­chrome sen­sors as in high-end smart­phones like Ap­ple iPhone X or Galaxy Note 8, as well as the af­ford­able ones such as the Xiaomi A1, are bokeh-com­pat­i­ble. If your smart­phone is not equipped with a dual cam­era, there is a bou­quet of apps that will give the bokeh ef­fect as im­pres­sively. Here are a few:

AfterFo­cus brings the blur ef­fect at your fin­ger­tips, lit­er­ally Snapseed the one-stop­shop for all your photo edit­ing needs

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