Bob Fairbairn

Obligatory Computational Cat Photo

The Internet is full of cat photos and so is my iPhone! But this one is special; it is computer enhanced. The iPhone 8 Plus has two rear facing cameras with different focal length lenses. The computing hardware and software in the phone can take a photograph using both cameras and combine them using computational methods to “fake” shallow depth of field and generate out of focus areas to visually isolate the subject.

Computational photography is coming to us in many forms and this example is nothing short of brilliant! While this may not be a replacement for larger format cameras with fast lenses it brings new tools to the photographer and helps us all create images in a new and fun way.