Ever take an out of focus photo? No? Me neither.
Let’s pretend a toddler stole my phone and took a photo, for the sake of this post.
Ok, seriously, I was using my iPro macro lens on my iPhone yesterday, and my focus missed on each of the 4 shots I took of this flower. I wanted the petals in focus, but I couldn’t tell if they were or not, at the time of shooting.
The challenge with macro lenses are the extremely small depth of field you have to work with. The closer you are to your subject, the smaller the depth of field. That goes for any lens you’re using, but when you’re inches from your subject, depth of field can be very tiny.
I saw this out of focus shot as an opportunity to show people that you don’t have to delete these mistakes. If you have a decent subject, and a decent composition, you can still make use of the image.
First, you’ll want to make your basic adjustments in Snapseed. Then, use a painterly app to convert the image into a painting. I used Artista Impresso, but I also recommend Brushstroke, iColorama, and Glazed. Or you can use whatever your favorite painterly app may be.
Now that the photo looks like a painting, my little mistake isn’t so glaring. You can stop here, and share with your friends, or you can play with more apps, and do something a little more artsy.
I chose to try some formulas in Mextures, to add some light on top of the image. A little warm light from above isn’t bad at all, for this shot.
I also tried another formula that was much more extreme, and I think I like it.
Now, compare these images to the original, out of focus image. So much better! I don’t have to be embarrassed if someone sees these photos anymore.
I’d love to see some of you salvage your images too, so feel free to share your images in the comments. Or, if you want to create your own blog post, with a before and after, leave a link to your post in the comments.