Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Blurring the Background

I took a photo of this creation at a cluttered antique mall.  The camera I use most often for this type of photo allows no control over depth of field so the background is more in focus than I would like.

To make the subject stand out more I used Photoshop to make a selection of the subject and then I did some blurring of the background.

Most photo editors have some capability to do selections and blurring.  Editors like Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, and The Gimp have pretty extensive options in this area.  So if you don't like how the focus came out in your image you have many options for making a change.  The ends and outs of making a selection and various blurring options are beyond my ability to cover in a brief post.  I will say that gaining some skill in making selections will add greatly to your ability to get your photos to look the way you intend.

Along with the blur brush Photoshop has a blurring filter with several options.  Here I used the motion blur option.  It lets you change the degree of the motion blur and the angle of the blur.

The motion blur filter in Photoshop. It has been a while since I have used Photoshop Elements, however I seem to remember that it had similar options.

The Gimp photo editor also has a blurring filter with several options.  If you are looking for a photo editor The Gimp may be a good option.  It is free and has many of the same capabilities as Photoshop. 

My main idea with this post is just to introduce some options to some who may not have heard of them.  If you do a search enough info exists on this topic to keep anyone busy for many days.