Maybe it is all about the hokey bokeh

Gadgetwise is usually sooooo spot on….but I think they missed it with this recommendation of Alien Skin’s PhotoShop plug-in to create effortless bokeh http://gadgetwise.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/03/27/how-to-get-bokeh-with-a-point-and-shoot/?partner=rss&emc=rss. The piece is directed at point and shooters who don’t have the option of controlling depth of field at capture. Enter the Alien Skin plug-in that allows you to create out-of-focus areas in  the image. I don’t have a problem with focus control after the fact but am I’m I missing something….isn’t it pretty easy to do this in layers with a little PS gaussian blur? It’s 199 smackers US for the plug-in which seems like a lot for a small amount of convenience. But bokey seems to be in short supply this days.

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~ by keithphilpott on March 30, 2009.

3 Responses to “Maybe it is all about the hokey bokeh”

  1. Hi Keith,

    Gaussian Blur creates a type of blur that is quite different from what a camera lens produces. At Alien Skin’s webpage, we compared Bokeh’s lens simulation results with those of Photoshop’s filters, including the Gaussian Blur filter.

    http://www.alienskin.com/bokeh/examples-accurate-lens.aspx

    This webpage also shows that Bokeh accurately reproduces the blur characteristics of a real Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II lens. None of Photoshop’s filters can do this.

    But don’t take my word for it. Feel free to try it out for yourself.

    Terence

  2. Terence-
    You are correct. After visiting your site I can definitely see the difference between lens bokeh and gaussian blur. It’s a subtle but distinct difference. Most of the subjects I shoot need to be sharp everywhere in the frame so I’m by no means an expert on bokeh.
    I’ve tried Blow Up2 so I know you guys make good stuff.

    Thanks for the correction.

    keith

  3. Hi Keith,

    Thanks. We try our best. 🙂

    Terence

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