How to Shoot Background Blur(Bokeh) on Single Camera Phone Android

Bokeh Mode or Background blur got more popular with the iPhone 7 Plus which allowed users to focus on the subject with a blur on the background in its Portrait mode. With the New Dual Camera lens Smartphones coming around like Honor 8 Pro, OnePlus 5, the bokeh effect is becoming even more popular. There’s literally no need to purchase a new phone just for the sake of getting the Background Blur effect, in this tutorial we will show How you can Capture Dual Camera-like Bokeh effect photos with Background Blur on your existing single lens / single camera Smartphone.

Tutorial to Capture Bokeh Effect / Dual Camera like Photos on Single Camera Phones Android –

  • To simulate Bokeh effect or lens blur, we will be using the Google Camera App for Android. We cannot capture Background blur or Portrait mode photos with the Stock camera app.
  • To Install, Google Camera app on your Smartphone you can install it from the links given below –
    Click here to Download & Install Google Camera app from Play Store
    or
    Click here to Download Google Camera Apk for Android
  • Once you have installed the Google Camera app from the above links, launch the app. It will now show a shoot mode screen as shown below –
    Swipe from left to right to bring the Options panel
    Swipe from left to right to bring the Options panel

    Here Swipe from left to right to show all the shooting options available, as shown in the image above. In the options, available Tap and select the “Lens Blur” option as shown in the image below –

    Select the Lens Blur Option in Google Camera
    Select the Lens Blur Option in Google Camera
  • Once, you select the Lens Blur Option , it will show you a small tutorial on How to use the Lens Blur option to capture Bokeh effect photos as shown in the following image – Google Camera Lens Blur Tutorial
  • Here click on the “OK, Got It” button. Thus, basically all you need to do is select the Lens Blur Options, and then shoot the “Object” you want to focus on while raising your phone in an angle. Let’s see how it works –
  • In the Lens Blur capture screen, first tap the capture button as shown in the figure below –
    Click on the Capture Button
    Click on the Capture Button

    Now , Keep on raising your phone until the indicator shown below is full. Be as slow as possible while raising the phone, so that your focus on the object remains constant. Try not to be too fast neither too slow . Check the below screenshot for Indicator –

    Indicator Box of Google Camera Lens Blur
    Indicator Box of Google Camera Lens Blur

    Slowly raise the phone until the above image highlighted box goes upwards as shown in the next image –

    Indicator Box going upwards
    Indicator Box going upwards

    This takes a lot of time to get used to, hence we recommend practicing it on a stationary object before moving onto moving objects. We tried this on our Deodorant can and once we finished the tilt mode. It started focusing our captured photo as shown below –

  • Processing the Captured Tilt Image
    Processing the Captured Tilt Image

    At first, you might think that it hasn’t captured the bokeh background blur, but please wait until the image has been processed. Wait until the “Processing image” marker finishes.

  • Wow! You’re in for a surprise, the Google Camera will now display your captured Bokeh and it will look absolutely stunning as shown in the following image
    Bokeh Effect on Single Lens Redmi Note 3 ? Done!!
    Bokeh Effect on Single Lens Redmi Note 3 ? Done!!

    As seen in the above image the image looks stunningly beautiful and at par with the OnePlus 5 Depth effect or iPhone 7 Plus mode! . Besides, you can even change the refocus by the highlighted option.

  • So, this is how your Normal Single camera phone also can take beautiful bokeh background blur pictures just like Dual lens camera phones. Incase, if you have any queries or are unable to use the app feel free to comment below!

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