Thursday, June 14, 2012

Point and Shoot Photo Enhancement Using Photoshop CS6 Iris Blur

P&S cameras, with their small sensors, are great for getting closeup macro shots. However, even using the widest aperture, the background doesn't have the nice blur/bokeh you can achieve with some DSLR lens. Photoshop CS6 has a new blur filter called Iris Blur which allows you to blur the background while keeping the selected circular region in focus. This can be used to simulate a shallow DOF. The process is this: 1) Choose your focal point 2) Expand or contract the circle of focus 3) Adjust the blur strength, color, and lighting. It works pretty good. Below are some before and after pictures of a sensitive briar flower taken with a Fujifilm F505 in the macro mode.
After

Before