DPTH simulates fake bokeh and depth of field effects with any phone
While the fake depth of field look on smartphones might not be everybody’s cup of tea, they’re definitely very popular. And while they’ve improved in quality and believability a lot over the last few years, they’re still not quite as good as you can get with a real large sensor camera like a DSLR or mirrorless.
But what if you’re running an older phone with a single camera and no depth sensor that doesn’t have built-in fake bokeh? While most new phones these days do offer some kind of fake depth of field effects, there are still many phones out there that don’t. DPTH may be the answer.
DPTH is a mobile app available for both iOS and Android that uses AI to analyse your image. It detects the foreground and background objects, and apparently perspective, and gives you some degree of simulated depth effects. It can fake bokeh, move the camera, and even simulate moving and changing your focal length to a degree. And it’s not just good shots of people, either.
The makers of DPTH haven’t given away too many of their secrets on exactly how it works, but the videos serve to demonstrate what it can do. If you’ve only got a single camera smartphone, or you’ve got a bunch of images in your camera roll that weren’t shot with depth in mind, then now you have an option to potentially tweak those images a little in post.
Of course, no matter how good the AI, there’s only so much you can do with a single flat 2D image. The videos do look quite impressive, though, considering it’s just from a single image. Although, the reviews are quite mixed.
The app is available in both the Google Play Store for Android and the Apple App Store for iOS. The only drawback is, it’s not a free app. It’s not even a regular paid app. It’s a subscription, priced at $1.49/mo or $7.49 for a whole year. You can get a free 3-day trial, but that’s about it.
John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.