Create a Blurry Background of Portraiture in Mobile Photography

Howdy. I wrote on my Facebook Page’s wall that I’m going to share a trick that is specially made to those mobile photographers out there.

Many people who just started up the photography work or beginners began to grow their passion with mobile photography and even those who are used to SLRs and many other kinds of camera, too, sometimes choose to work on mobile photography instead of bulky equipment at times. And that has left me with no exceptional. Unfortunately, not all cameras are able to do what most SLRs or more advance technology cameras offer; ie. a completely perfect bokeh or a tiny bit of blurry background.

As far as I notice, working on people’s portraits mostly will result the best when there is/are bokeh or blurry background elements being inserted to the photo. If you’re working using a mobile phones’ cameras, there’s nothing much you could do to manifest such elements in your portraiture works. But, things get better and better every single day that the advancement of technology implemented in editing software particularly brings you some aids in getting the elements mentioned in your photo without having much to worry over the type of lens or the depth of field you’re using to produce a very extravagant photos.

Things could get really handy just by following these simple steps that I’m going to mention below. So what I do is using Photoshop software on my desktop. The PS I’ll be using for this guideline is Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 and a bit retouching with the aid of Lightroom mobile version. All photos taken for this experiment are by using an iPod Touch 5th Generation’s rear camera.



2. A slight changes can be seen on the subject as I adjusted the exposure, color, light, color curve and so on using the LR.
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3. Then the real editing job has come. I transfer the file in JPEG format as I am very particular when it comes to the memory space. To get such interface, open up your PSE and go to the right column and choose the full guide tab. Then, hover your mouse to Lens Effects > Depth of Field section.
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4, Which then will bring you to such. click on Custom method.
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5. It then will bring you to this section and simply click on the Quick Selection Tool to separate your focal point from what you want to be blurred. As for this case, I chose to retain the subject to be focused on and other part(s) will be blurred. 
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6. Once finish selecting the focal part, click on the Add Blur to add blur to the background as shown in the photo above. You can simply adjust the blurry level of the non-selected part(s).
7. Here’s the photo of before and after the blurry background addition complete.
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There are many types of blur that aren’t mentioned here but if you’re looking for another kinds, simply hover your cursor to the Filter tab > BlurSelect your desired blur.
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This is the final result of the editing which only needs a few basic and simple steps to be followed

Do not forget to visit my Facebook Page as I’ll be posting some new photos on new projects I’m working on, The Face of UiTM.


2 thoughts on “Create a Blurry Background of Portraiture in Mobile Photography

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