Available starting today, the new Google Camera app offers features you’d typically find on a DSLR or by using the depth of field effect on the HTC One M8. While the HTC One M8 utilizes multiple sensors, the Google Camera app manages to pull off high quality depth of field effects using any compatible Android phone. Depth of field or bokeh is when your subject is in focus and the background is blurred. You won’t need a 50mm lens at ƒ1.4 to create stunning bokeh filled imagery, thanks to the Lens Blur feature in the Google Camera app.
Google manages to pull off the effect by letting you set the field of focus after taking the photo. You simply tap on the image you want in focus and the software does the heavy lifting. A depth of field slider effectively recreates your aperture setting.
How to use Lens Blur on Google Camera app
- First thing, you’ll need to download and install the Google Camera app from the Play Store
- Open the app and swipe from the left part of the screen to reveal options.
- Select ‘Lens Blur’
- You’ll be greeted by a short tutorial. Essentially, you are going to shift your smartphone camera directly upward as you take a photo. Do this very slowly or you’ll get an error message that you went too fast.
- Swipe inward from the right side of the screen.
- Tap on the second to edit your lens blur. There are two settings here. The first is where you want your point of focus. If it’s a person, ideally I’d recommend targeting the eyes.
- Using the slider, you’ll create your depth of field or bokeh.
- Press Done
Google software engineers are able to use advanced algorightms to simulate a large lens and aperture. With a little practice, good lighting and subjects, you can easily take some amazing photos using the lens blur effect.
Download Google Camera from the Google Play Store