April 13, 2011

Photography: Shallow depth of field on iPhone

Stanford professor & occasional Photoshop team collaborator Marc Levoy has created SynthCam, an interesting tool for simulating large-aperture photo effects using a tiny-aperture cell phone camera:

For more examples, tutorials, etc., see Marc’s site. [Via]

Posted by John Nack at 11:22 AM on April 13, 2011


  • Ben Hansen — 12:05 PM on April 13, 2011

    damn i guess there really is app for everything!

  • BJN — 1:16 PM on April 13, 2011

    Cool. I don’t want this for my phone, I want it for my Micro Four Thirds and APS-C cameras which both could benefit from more d.o.f. control. It looks like the resolution would be limited to the camera’s video recording resolution, unfortunately.

    How many images shot with the circular view technique would it take to make a Photoshop “synthetic aperture merge” result look good?

  • karl — 2:54 PM on April 13, 2011

    Hope this comes to Android, too.

  • Marc Levoy — 10:01 PM on April 13, 2011

    That’s a great suggestion – using SynthCam on a “real” camera (like a Micro Four Thirds) to simulate a camera with an even larger aperture. Unfortunately, none of those cameras are programmable. Yet. -Marc Levoy P.S. I’m working on ways to increase the resolution of my synthetic images beyond video res; stay tuned.

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