This free bokeh app makes the best out of your iPhone photos

Nov 2, 2017

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Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

This free bokeh app makes the best out of your iPhone photos

Nov 2, 2017

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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iPhone’s “Portrait Mode” is a rather useful feature, and gives neat results. You can even see more and more magazine covers shot on iPhone with the “Portrait Mode”. But, if you don’t like the effect or simply want to add some versatility to it – check out a free app named Focos.

This app lets you add more types of bokeh to the photos you take with your iPhone – from creamy to swirly. The developers promise a “real bokeh effect,” and judging from the sample photos, the bokeh really does look good.

Some of the main features of Focos include taking a photo with the desired bokeh effect directly by pressing the shutter. You can also tap to focus after taking the shot. If you want to edit the bokeh on the photo you already took before, you can do that, too.

As for the bokeh options, there are customizable bokeh looks that “simulate the pro lens.” You can choose creamy, bilinear, swirly and other bokeh looks. You can also view the portraits in 3D mode and add filters based on the depth. The app also promises the effects of rainy, snowy or foggy weather with depth filters.

Focos is intended for iPhone’s with dual cameras: iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X. I don’t know how (and if) it works on phones with a single camera, but it requires Requires iOS 11.0 or later, and it’s compatible with iPhone 5s and later. After all, since the app is free, you can download it from Apple Store and try it out no matter which iPhone or iPad you have. I’m not an iPhone user so I can’t try Focos myself, but as far as I can see from the sample images, it really gives neat results. I especially like the swirly bokeh. If you download and test the app – post your impressions and photos in the comments below.

[Focos via DPReview]

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6 responses to “This free bokeh app makes the best out of your iPhone photos”

  1. Adrian Gail Avatar
    Adrian Gail

    This is smart stuff! Really! Amazing how you can adjust the front/back OOF areas – but a subscription service (essentially) for the pro features?! Really?! Who are they, Adobe? ?

  2. Chur Chill Avatar
    Chur Chill

    “I don’t know how (and if) it works on phones with a single camera, but
    it requires Requires iOS 11.0 or later, and it’s compatible with iPhone
    5s and later.”

    Well, you can download it and install it, but it won’t work unless you have a Dual Camera. You can’t even pay aroun with photos from your camera roll (Just tried this on iPhone SE with latest iOS version). So it clearly needs the data from the dual camera to ‘mask’ the area it can apply the ‘bokeh’ to.

    1. Dunja0712 Avatar
      Dunja0712

      Thanks for trying it out and letting us know, this is a valuable info. :)

  3. Micke Holmgren Avatar
    Micke Holmgren

    not available in all markets though… trying to find it in swedish appstore, nooo nooope not a chance

    1. Hildegerd Haugen Avatar
      Hildegerd Haugen

      Prøv SWRLY app fra BrainFeverMedia for noe av samme effekten, den er ikke gratis da, men jeg våger å anbefale den alikevel.

  4. timothyf7 Avatar
    timothyf7

    ” but it requires Requires iOS 11.0 or later, and it’s compatible with iPhone 5s and later.”

    Does not work on iPhone 5. You just get a sample picture to play with, that’s it.