After Focus – One photography app you really need to try

There’s no getting away from it: there are tons of photography app in the App Store. Many do similar things, making a huge chunk of them redundant. The “adding filters” market has been utterly dominated by Instagram thanks to its social side, but others such as Hipstamatic and Camera Awesome are equally as good. One app that’s taken my attention recently is After Focus. It does exactly what you expect it to with a name like that. It allows you to apply focus to photographs after you’ve taken them.

First Step: Snap a picture, then color in (or use the automatic filler) to select foreground and mid. Background will be deduced by the app.

Result: Once the processing is done, it separates the chosen areas and adds blur to those in the background. This gives an illusion of a larger depth of field.

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After Effects: You can then choose to add a few different filters (instagram style), and effects, change the type of blur and adapt the exposure levels. There are way more options than what I’m showing in this quick look, you really need to try it out for yourself. I’m really enjoying getting to know it.

The app costs $0.99 and has been available since March 29th. (Link to app.) It’s compatible with iPhone 3GS, 4 and 4S as well as 3rd and 4th gen iPod touch and requires iOS 4.0 or later.

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