Here is an image that I took with my iPhone 4s at my sister's house. I found the fairy statue resting on top of a cabinet in the restroom and had to photograph it.
Notice the background. I tried finding a better background than the tanned, wooden blinds, but there was nothing else, unless I wanted to set up a make-shift background. AfterFocus to the rescue!
AfterFocus is an app that allows you to select the subject in focus and identify the background or other objects that should not be in focus. Additionally, AfterFocus allows you to set the intensity of the out-of-focus areas, which is extremely helpful when you are trying to fade the background out to the point where it is only a blur (which is what I did below in photo #2).
Continue reading below to see how I further edited this photograph and the finished image...
Photo #2 Using AfterFocus
After I processed the photo in AfterFocus I ran it through Snapseed, which is the top app I use for editing and my favorite photography app. Snapseed is an app developed by NIK Software, which, you may have heard, was purchased by Google two weeks ago.
I opened the photo in Snapseed and applied the grunge feature (texture 5), saved it, and opened the photo in PicFX.
With PicFX I processed the photo with te Light filter, choosing Bokeh #4 specifically. Bokeh is defined in several different ways, but usually, it means the blur or out-of-focus area of a photograph and how it is rendered. In the case of the fairy photo below, it is defined by the blurry circles that appear in different areas of the image. Normally, they are less defined, or may even appear in the background, but I've chosen to bring them to the foreground for my own effect and the mood I am trying to set.
Finally, I used Instagram to complete the image. I loaded the photo into Instagram and selected the brightness feature on the bottom left (looks like a sun). Then I selected the Lo-Fi filter.
Notice that by doing so, the fairy is further enhanced, adding contrast, as well, the fx give the image a definitive pop.
Try these edits on an image of your own and let me know how it turns out.
Feel free to share your link to the photos you edited in the comments box.
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