Photography has changed and I’m tempted to join the revolution. No, not the digital camera revolution. Been there. Done that. No, not the smartphone camera revolution. Been there. Done that, too. I’m talking about the coming revolution of light-field cameras, including the popular Lytro, which takes photos where everything everywhere remains in focus. Blur, depth of field, and refocusing the photo is handled after the photo is taken, not before.
So far I haven’t bit the bullet but I have managed to change my photographic habits a bit. Everything is point and shoot. Everything is in focus. That means I can add the appropriate depth of field, tilt-shift effects and focus to the photo after I take the photo. Mac users can get the same effects with the app Focus 2.
Take a look. The tilt-shift effect alone is worth the price of admission to Focus.
Focus comes with basic presets for Nature, Portrait, Macro and Tilt-Shift, and there are simple adjustable controls to remove or even add lens blur. Portrait mode even has facial recognition built in.
There are color boosting controls to enhance the vividness of tilt-shift, and, of course, there are single click enhancements for color, contrast, brightness, as well as options to zoom, crop, straighten, and even adjust aspect ratio.
Tools are relatively simple and straightforward to use and make excellent use of slider bars and presets.
Photos can be sent to iPhoto and Aperture (as long as they’re available on a Mac) but, oddly, not Adobe’s Lightroom. Photos may also be exported as JPG, TIFF, PNG and most image file formats handled by the Mac.
The claim to fame in Focus comes in two elements– the option to adjust focus on a photo, and to do so quickly, which makes it great for scenes and portraits. That said, make sure you have a more recent Mac with a faster CPU and plenty of RAM as there is serious work going on behind the scenes.