When you shoot a Portrait Mode photo on an iPhone, the camera generates a depth map, which is a representation of which objects are closer or farther from the camera’s lens. Apple uses that depth map to identify the background in an image and add simulated blur to give the effect of a shallower depth of field than what was actually captured.
Well, Apple isn’t the only one to work with this information. In my latest article at CreativePro, I look at some of the things you can do with depth map photos, from making adjustments in Apple’s Photos app (for Mac and iOS) to editing them in third-party apps such as Focos or even Lightroom Classic CC on the desktop. I also talk about how Facebook is using that information to create 3D Photos that move as you view them in its app.
Read it here: Fun with Depth Map Photos.
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