I am not a good photographer. In fact, I know nothing about photography. The blurry background of a photograph always amazes me. I know how to do that using iPhone’s macro thingy. 🙂 Of course, DSLR camera could give me such natural romantic-blurry-dreamy pictures but I am not into DSLR yet. No way I am going to spend that much money without knowing anything about photography. For now, I would let the knights hold the sword. I will stay with my pen, figuratively speaking of course. In reality, it should be “I will stay with my keyboard”. 🙂
Hunting for a free software
Anyway, like millions of people I believe that whenever there is a will there is a set of internet-search results that will show me the way. In fact, there are ample software products that will allow you to change the regular background of a photo to a blurry background. The problem with most of these software is that, …… actually the problem is not with the software products. The problem is with me. I do not like to spend too much on purchasing software, especially in this era of yearly subscription/license. Many times, the subscription is over before I get a chance to extensively use the software. Therefore, I am always in the hunt for free software tools and open-source packages.
Found one that can blur a photograph
I checked a few trial photo editing packages that have the capability of blurring backgrounds. Among all the ones I tried, none but PhotoScape X allows to blur backgrounds flexibly and save the updated image using the trial version. That means, I can blur backgrounds of as many images as I want using the free version of PhotoScape X. The free version of this software contains significant number of features that are usually NOT freely available in many other photo editing packages. This free version of PhotoScape X is a *time-unlimited* free trial.
A few sample photographs with blurred backgrounds
Before and after: The stroller is clear in the photo at left.
Notice that the stroller is blurry in the photo at right.
Before and after: The leaves are blurry in the photo at right.
Before and after: I wanted to draw attention away from the green-house fans and ceiling. The figure at the right side blurs away the ceiling and the fans.
Before and after: The cutie pie is the center of attention in the image at the right. Everything else is blurry.