As we all know, the App Store is becoming increasingly saturated with photo-editing apps and as each week throws up a handful of new ones, it becomes increasingly difficult to care about it. If I am going to give any kind of attention to yet another photography app then it needs to have that special something that makes it stand out above what feels like millions of others. What does grab my attention is something that points out a feature of photography that I was previously aware of but oblivious to at the same time, but now I can put a name to the effect, the prospect of an app that can provide it suddenly becomes appealing. The effect in question is known as Bokeh and the app does an excellent job of reproducing it. Bokeh Lens is available now from the App Store for just $0.99.
Until now I was unaware of Bokeh and it never occurred to me that it was something photographers had a lot of control over. For those unfamiliar with it, Bokeh is the blurry effect applied to an area of a photo that is out of focus. In the right hands it can bring an artistic air of mystery and beauty to a photo, while highlighting the main subject of the photo. With Bokeh Lens anyone can achieve this effect with their iPhones and the effect is highly satisfying.
Bokeh Lens wisely sticks to this one effect and focuses on doing it well and so there are no other fancy features or filters here but it really doesn’t need them. As is the case with all the best photography apps, you can either choose an existing photo from your camera roll for editing or you can operate the camera within the app and take a new one specially. Initially the new photo you have taken will be completely blurry but this is merely the starting point and you can then get to work editing it the way you want. With the tools provided you can highlight the area that you wish to keep sharper and in focus at the front of the photograph. This tool provides a surprising amount of workability and with the help of a zoom feature you can very accurately select the area you wish to keep in the foreground.
The app is deceptively simple but far from limited. The next step allows you to adjust just how much Bokeh the background has but you can tweak it a number of ways and achieve a decent variety of results. Once your picture is complete you can save it and share it to all the usual locations, including Facebook and Instagram.
That’s all there is to Bokeh Lens but this is not a bad thing. It sticks to what it knows and allows you to create some real works of art. You may need to play around with it for a bit but it is easy to pick up and get the hang of. This is an interesting photography app with a unique function and well worth adding to your collection.