If you have a digital camera, then you’ve run into the auto focus problem when taking photos. The auto focus focuses but the final focus when the camera takes the picture is slightly out of focus. I’ve had a dozen digital cameras through the years and they all have that same focus problem. Here’s how to overcome the out-of-focus focus.
Fix It In Post
Two problems seem to work together to cause the out-of-focus focus problem with digital cameras. The first? We get into a hurry and don’t give the camera enough time to accurately focus. The second? The camera doesn’t focus fast enough.
Your Mac to the rescue.
There’s an extraordinary Mac app called Back In Focus. What it does, on certain slightly blurry photos, is nothing short of remarkable. It sharpens the focus.
Even better, it can be used on the photo, or select areas of the photo. Here’s an example of a closeup, slightly out of focus section of a photo.
Move the image around on screen to find other areas to add sharpened focus to, or apply the sharpening to the whole photo.
Here’s the same photo in a before and after look.
You won’t be overwhelmed with complicated tools to add more focus or sharpen an image. The option to focus on only a blurry area is a bonus because there is such a thing as too much sharpness.
To use Back In Focus, simply drag a photo to the center of the app screen, and begin applying the sharpen tool. The app uses a number of photographic algorithms to sharpen a photo.
Will it fully sharpen or bring into acceptable focus a very blurry image? No. This is for those photos with a few blurry spots that need sharpening, or for a slightly out of focus photo.
It’s a remarkable app on the right photos. It’s also try-before-you-buy, so you can see it in action on your own photos. And, considering it’s a one-trick-pony app, a bit expensive (but you won’t find similar capability in Photoshop Elements, which costs less).