So you always wanted to take a photo with your Android phone similar to what your friends are posting on Facebook. You know, those type of pictures that has a focus point on the subject and the background is blurred out. Your friend are telling you that those pictures are made with DSLR cameras and you’ll never achieve such effect, but that is not correct. You too can snap a photo and have a blurred background using your Android phone.
The picture below is created in a non-artistic way with a OnePlus 3 phone running Android 7.0 Nougat as an example, so please don’t judge the artistic value or the picture nor the fact that I took a photo of an iPhone 🙂 Notice the blurred background while the focus is on the phone.
There’s an App for that
Of course there’s an App for that and it is made by Google. Google Camera can be downloaded from the Play Store and is available for most of the Android devices. You might already have this installed on your phone but did not knew about this feature. Let’s see than how to take a blurred background picture.
In the camera App open the camera settings from the top-left corner and select Lens Blur option. One you’ve selected Lens Blur, just take a regular photo as you normally would, but make sure that the camera is focusing on the subject. If not, just tap on a area where you want your camera to focus.
There is also a step 2 to this process in order to achieve the desired blurred background. After the picture is taken you’ll be prompted to raise your device and try to keep the subject centered the best way you can. The Google Camera App will let you know when the process is finished and it will start processing your image.
Now you just made a cool picture with a blurred background on Android, not Canon, Nokia or other professional camera.
Practice makes perfect
Do not expect high quality pictured from the beginning. There is a learning curve to it and you’ll need to understand how the camera works and how it will process the background to achieve the perfect blur, but keep practicing and your friends for sure will notice at one point the professional looking pictures you are taking.
Even Pro photographers use extra tools
Do not think for a second that professionals do not use Photoshop to achieve a more dramatic effect or have a perfect control over the background blur. Wannabe photographers might tell you different but that’s not the case in the pro world.
The usual way in Photoshop is to create a copy of your picture, cut out the subject and put it in the foreground. The background image than can be blurred out exactly the way you want and all you need to do is to nicely blend the two images. This way you have control for every pixel, lightning, etc. Those are the so beautiful pictures that you see on websites.
However, you can make really nice pictures directly from your Android phone with nice blurred background in just a few seconds and believe me, some of them came out really nice.