If you’re keen to take photos like new iPhone X portrait mode, there are plenty of apps that will help to produce good bokeh effects
There are mobile apps available for just about every subject you can think of, and photography apps are among the most used and popular. They can help with many different aspects of photography, including bokeh or blur images where some of the scenes are outside the depth of field. Bokeh (aka Boke) derives from the Japanese language and translates as blur, and put basically it pertains to the out-of-focus (or blurred) parts of a photograph although it’s more than just the background blur itself. Instead, it’s the quality of all of those parts of the image, particularly the way the out-of-focus points of light and reflections are rendered by the lens.
Photographers are therefore looking for good bokeh that makes these parts more aesthetically pleasing, with background blur appearing soft and smooth, rather than bad bokeh that results in off-putting harder edges. It’s a complex process, but for those who want to make it easier, the Google Play Store is awash with photography apps for Android smartphones and tablets. These can help you to produce beautiful bokeh effects for your images, although some of these apps are better than others. We’ve delved into many of those available in a bid to find the best Android apps to remove photo backgrounds to get bokeh/blur images. Some of these concentrate purely on bokeh, while others include bokeh effects among many other areas of photography.
1. DSLR CAMERA BLUR BACKGROUND, BOKEH EFFECTS PHOTO
This app is billed as the “ultimate Blur effect app,” and it certainly has plenty to offer. It will give more professional results to your images as it includes numerous bokeh tools for photo blurring. You can easily select parts of the photo that you want to blur, simply by using your finger and touching, and the Blur picture editor has both manual point blur and auto blur filter effects. The blurriness seek bar enables you to adjust the level of blur, and the brush size can also be adjusted.
This Google photograph editing app provides a plethora of tools that will make the best of your photographic pursuits and improve your technique. The app opens JPG and RAW files support frames and currently features 29 tools and filters feature to perfect your images. Lens Blur is just one of the features available, allowing you to soften the background of your photographs for good bokeh.
A few of the other features available are Tune Image to adjust color and exposure either automatically or manually, Crop, Rotate, Perspective, White Balance, Brush, Vignette, Glamour Glow, HDR Scape, Vintage, and Face Enhance. This app has attained a user rating of 4.5/5 stars on the Google Play Store, a testament to its effectiveness and popularity.
3. GOOGLE CAMERA
This is yet another option, and it’s Google’s standalone app of the one available on Nexus and Google Play Edition devices. The features are somewhat limited, but the ones on offer are effective, for example, Lens Blur. From the shoot mode screen, you’ll see the Lens Blur option, which offers a brief tutorial on how to capture bokeh effect photos. Other creative picture modes available are Photo Sphere offering a 360-degree field of vision for your pictures, while the Panorama mode enables high definition panoramic shots.
This app offers many filter effects and enables you to produce natural DSLR-style images and background blurred photos. You select focus areas simply by marking the desired area with your finger, and the AfterFocus background blur effect can then be applied. There’s also a Motion blur effect that will emphasize movement. The Bokeh effect feature emphasizes the spotlight in the background, and you can share the results via SNS and email.
5. INSTA BOKEH: BLEND CAMERA
Bokeh, bokeh, and more bokeh, this app works differently by applying virtual layers to your images. It doesn’t have as many features as the most popular photo editing apps, but it’s worth a whirl. Insta Bokeh offers four categories of bokeh effects, Dream World, Favorite Text, Romantic Sky, and Tender Night, and each selection offers various filters and bokeh and light effects. You can adjust the transparency, drag, and drop or rotate, and share the results on social networks such as Snapchat.
6. CAMERA ZOOM FX – FREE
Like some of the other chosen apps on our list, this is a more general Android photography app and has full Camera2 manual controls with RAW capture, multiple shooting modes, powerful settings (for ISO, shutter speed, exposure, speed, focus, and distance), and a full editing studio. Features include speedy burst mode, time lapse, collage maker, HDR Mode Pro, and voice activation, and among the best features are the hundreds of different effects including Bokeh, Retro, Holga, Iomo, Hipster, and Vignette.
The app also offers a camera widget and custom folders. The app is free to download and use, with free download packs such as camera props, shutter animations and more, although in-app purchases are necessary for some of the more advanced features.
7. REAL BOKEH – LIGHT EFFECTS
With this comprehensive app, it’s easy to add light effects and filters for good bokeh. Features include 36 bokeh shapes, 33 light leak effects, 28 bokeh colors with a color picker, the ability to change bokeh size and opacity, and much more. It’s easy to undo and clear all, and you can swipe to draw bokeh, save as full resolution, and share results to apps that include Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
8. PHOTOGRAPHER’S COMPANION
The clean interface of this app makes it a pleasure to use. It’s best for keen amateurs with some knowledge of photography and professional photographers and can be used to calculate the depth of field, hyperfocal and simulation of Bokeh. This app can also be used to calculate alternative/equivalent exposure, the field of view, and shutter speed, and get the position of the moon and the time or moonrise and moonset and the position of the sun and time of sunrise and sunset.
Additional features offer a whole bunch more including a countdown for long exposures, calculating the distance or aperture with a flash, or best setting for an EV.
9. PHOTODIRECTOR PHOTO EDITOR APP
This wide-ranging photography app is highly recommended and will help you to get the very best out of your images and more professional results. Among its wide array of tools are a feature-rich photo editor, photo filters, an advanced camera module with life effects, and a collage maker. The app offers one-click overlays and photo effects such as bokeh, with the use of linear and radial blur tools.
Many of the features are entirely free to use, but you can opt to upgrade to the premium version of the app through in-app purchases. Some of the additional features with the premium version include the removal of ads, unlimited object removal, and the ability to save images in Ultra HD 4K resolution (dependent on device).
10. BOKEH PHOTO BLENDER CAMERA
If you want a slightly different touch, this app does exactly what its title suggests, as it can blend two photos together using a photo overlapping process as well as add bokeh effects. You can rotate, scale, zoom, or drag images to be blended, create a selfie collage with double exposure, or use the collage maker. You can also balance color and brightness and use camera filters and bokeh blur effects to enhance the results.
As well as all this, the app offers picture frames and the ability to share photo collages via Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, and you can also choose to set your photo collages as wallpaper on the home screen of your device. The whole process is made easy, and the app is entirely free to use, so it’s definitely worth checking out.
Using these apps will enable you to experiment with the world of bokeh and learn how to make the very best out of the images you capture. All are currently available in the Google Play Store, and most are free, although some include in-app purchases. As well as improving the bokeh technique they may encourage you to delve further into many other aspects of photography to widen your experience even more.
If you enjoy using any of these apps, do let us know by sending a comment. Then again, you might want to recommend another app to other readers that we haven’t included in our choice of best Android apps to remove photo backgrounds to get Bokeh/Blur images.