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Simulating shallow depth of field

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You know the cameras that we have inside of our mobile devices today are really amazing, and I can remember a time when we just didn't have that type of power with us at all times. We had to carry camera bags, and equipment and all that kind of stuff. And really now we have such a powerful camera, but it's still rather limited in what it can do, because of the fact that it's just a small compact camera, there's no way to create sort of shallow Depth of Field or anything like that with it. But luckily inside of Instagram we have the ability to simulate things like Depth of Field by using some of the Blur Effects that are available to us.

Simulating shallow depth of field

You know the cameras that we have inside of our mobile devices today are really amazing, and I can remember a time when we just didn't have that type of power with us at all times. We had to carry camera bags, and equipment and all that kind of stuff. And really now we have such a powerful camera, but it's still rather limited in what it can do, because of the fact that it's just a small compact camera, there's no way to create sort of shallow Depth of Field or anything like that with it. But luckily inside of Instagram we have the ability to simulate things like Depth of Field by using some of the Blur Effects that are available to us.

And so I have this photo that I have been working with here. This is a shot that I took in the cafe, and so inside of the cafe we have these nice little things on the table and I took a picture of one and I have applied an effect to it and so I'm ready to sort of add a finishing touch to it. I think this photo could really use like shallow Depth of Field, because I want the background to be blurry, I want the foreground to be really sharp and in focus. So in order to do that I'm going to tap on this little Water Drop up here-- which signifies the Blurs-- and we don't want to use the box blur, we want to use this circular blur. When I choose this circular blur, you are going to notice that a lot of stuff blurs out and then a little circle in the middle is in focus.

Now I have the ability to choose what is in focus by tapping with my fingers. So if I want the top area here to be the main focal point of the image, I tap there and you notice it comes in focus. If I want something on a side to be in focus, I could like that and that comes in focus. I could even focus selectively on different parts of the image and blur out the foreground entirely. So something like may be the chair in the background, or a window, or the fountain in the background, whatever it might be that I wanted to keep in focus, I tap on it to keep it in focus and the rest of the image completely blurs away.

So in this case, I think I am just going to focus on the center portion of this object that I've taken a photo of, and once I do that it comes in focus nicely; everything else blurs out and it really adds sort of a finishing touch, almost like a dreamy atmosphere to this photo and I am pretty happy with that. And so as you continue to explore the Instagram application and you start taking photos, play around with this Blur Setting here to really add some depth and add some intrigue to your photos. It can really take an ordinary photo to that next level to be worthy of showing it on the Internet, or maybe even getting it printed later on down the road as well.

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Sharing Photos with Instagram

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Justin Seeley
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  1. 1m 25s
    1. Welcome
      1m 25s
  2. 13m 31s
    1. What is Instagram?
      1m 3s
    2. Downloading Instagram for iOS
      57s
    3. Downloading Instagram for Android
      1m 4s
    4. Signing up for an account
      1m 59s
    5. Exploring the Instagram website
      4m 18s
    6. Viewing an Instagram profile
      4m 10s
  3. 10m 19s
    1. Exploring the Instagram app
      5m 24s
    2. Taking a photo and controlling the built-in flash
      2m 46s
    3. Working with Auto Exposure and Auto Focus
      59s
    4. Using the rule of thirds grid
      1m 10s
  4. 24m 52s
    1. Opening a photo from your camera roll
      1m 3s
    2. Cropping and rotating photos
      1m 21s
    3. Applying effects to images
      3m 49s
    4. Simulating a tilt-shift lens
      1m 53s
    5. Simulating shallow depth of field
      2m 15s
    6. Using the Lux feature
      2m 16s
    7. Adding borders to your photos
      2m 20s
    8. Adding captions and location information
      2m 54s
    9. Tagging photos with hashtags
      3m 24s
    10. Saving high-resolution versions of your photos
      3m 37s
  5. 30m 13s
    1. Sharing with social networks
      5m 41s
    2. Sharing photos with Foursquare
      1m 11s
    3. Finding people to follow on Instagram
      3m 59s
    4. Unfollowing a user
      1m 38s
    5. Blocking and unblocking users
      2m 46s
    6. Liking and commenting on photos
      1m 58s
    7. Deleting comments
      2m 28s
    8. Instagram for business
      4m 29s
    9. Creating a meetup for Instagram users
      6m 3s
  6. 22m 51s
    1. Viewing Instagram photos using a web browser
      6m 14s
    2. Integrating Instagram into a website
      6m 14s
    3. Finding essential apps for Instagrammers
      1m 35s
    4. Printing Instagram photos
      1m 0s
    5. Tracking your Instagram statistics
      7m 48s
  7. 32s
    1. Goodbye
      32s

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