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...to simulate what is known as a "bokeh" effect in photography.
I wish people would stop calling Portrait mode "bokeh" because it is not. It is just a blurred background. Bokeh is different. It has individual convolution areas and swirls not just a Gaussian blur. I have to admit the masking capability is impressive. If I could get the masking feature alone without the blur, it would be helpful in compositing work.
That picture of the bride and groom together looks terrible.
Apple's implementation is not a Gaussian blur, and it takes into account distance from the in-focus plane. It most certainly is (simulated) bokeh.
sflagel said:Dear author: a blurred background is not bokeh, it is just depth of field. Bokeh is when you have light points turn into perfectly concentric circles, resulting in a "magical" and dreamy background.
The depth of field looks ok in these pictures (better than none), I have not yet seen a bokeh effect anywhere.
During this testing, someone needs to use a scene with some point-like light sources. Apple's implementation doesn't use a Gaussian blur, so there should be proper bokeh-like effects.
wiggin said:xpad said:Follow up to my previous comment, look at the sky showing through the leaves in the first photo. The light pattern is not merely a blur, but is bokeh-like in how the bright area expands into the darker area.sflocal said:I'm just cracking-up at the back-and-forth ranting about the "bokeh" discussion. Apple's implementation is not anywhere near what true bokeh is. They're passing off a simple background blur - whatever "gaussian" or other name you want to call it - and the posters here claiming it to be bokeh. It is not. It's nice, but it has nothing to do with it. The aperture blades found in cameras also contribute to what real bokeh does, in addition to how the DOF is rendered in a way only analog lenses can do.
Bokeh is simply the noticeably out of focus area of a photo. That's it. All iPhones have had bokeh. But due to the wide depth of field, it's very limited. This is a software process that simulates bokeh NOT SIMPLY WITH JUST A BLUR, but it takes into account distance and shows bright areas expanding into darker areas, not just blurring the two into each other.
Are SLRs better? Almost universally yes, you don't even have to look at any test photos to tentatively assume this. No one is saying it's exactly just as good as a nice Nikon or Canon with a fast lens. But it's nice, impressive, not just a Gaussian blur, and is a good simulation of bokeh.