This debate if a smartphone has changed the world for good or bad will go on forever, but the fact is that there are many debacles faced by humans by using this technology for good. One such thing is the shift from using smartphones cameras for your shutterbug urges instead of carrying around the heavy digital or point-and-shoot cameras with you. With smartphones sporting cameras up to 20MP capabilities, they’re quite better than your average digital camera, all because of the software enhancements.
While to a limit smartphone cameras can take good captures, and there comes a situation where you’ll feel that captures are not that good. If you’ve seen the captures from DSLR, then you know how good a moment can be captured if focused in a right way. For that, our guide for understanding the Defocus & Focus photography would come in very handy. But if you’ve already read our guide, then we’ll go straight to the point of this article.
The App known as AfterFocus is the key to taking a DSLR-like captures from the tiny camera module on the smartphone. This app is laced with tons of manual control, but features such as Smart Focus, Manual Focus, and Double Photo are the highlight of this app. First released on iOS platform, the app is also available for Android devices. It was developed by MotionOne and lets users transform their ordinary smartphone cameras into the DSLR-like camera. All this would be possible because of the lens and motion blur effects on AfterFocus that’ll allow a user’s snapshot to be transformed into something of a professional capture.
The first-time users would find it quite hard to configure this app, as it has tons of settings to choose from. But with a little practice and continuously taking captures, you’ll master this app pretty quick, and then taking pro shots would be a piece of cake to you. We have discussed the three main image focusing modes of this app.
This is the easiest way to take a capture since it only requires you to paint roughly around the edges of the subject. A part of the section can be set as a focus for less intensity while other section can be where you want blurred background effect.
The manual mode on AfterFocus app is one of the trickiest ways to set up among all the modes. This mode requires you to paint manually over the desired image you want to focus on. That’s all.
While if you choose the Double Photo mode, then the app would automatically adjust the image focus for you. But the condition is that you would have to take a couple of pictures of the object at the same angle, and the mode would allow you to compare the shots. Now all you have to do is select the best one.
Remember, if you do not like the output that has come to it, then you can always undo your previous mistake/s. To do that, you could either tap on the undo icon on top or just use the eraser to manually remove the errors in the process. Apart from the above focus modes, the app also houses some of the popular DSLR-like effects including bokeh effect, aperture style, intensity of lens, motion blur or lens effect, toggle fading background, and last but not the least, the filters. There are more than ten interesting filters available, and you could also vignette, sharpen, and sticker on your image.
For the neophytes, these photography terms would be new, but they could easily become an expert in creating perfect snapshots once they get the hold of the controls of this app. Also, we have a whole bunch of guides lined-up for you to understand the photography if you’re interested too. You can download the AfterFocus app from the below-mentioned link or just access the QR code from your smartphone.