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| p.1 #1 · Can DOF & bokeh be faked in-camera? (future) |
Over the course of browsing many excellent image threads in this forum, it comes as no surprise that many of the most striking images come from shooting fast lenses at max apertures to obtain the best bokeh, subject isolation, and DOF effects.
Of course such lenses (f/1.2, f/1.4) lenses are exotic and expensive.
So I'm wondering if in the future, might we see bodies capable to emulating pleasant DOF and bokeh via in-camera processing, so that one can achieve these effects with much cheaper f/2.8 or f/4.0 lenses.
Post-process blurring and bokeh is possible via Photoshop and plugins, but it is an work-intensive manual process. I'm guessing that it actually would be much easier for a camera body do to - since it is easily capable of determining the distance and focus of subjects.
Just as a quick example, Sony cameras have focus-peaking that displays what part of a scene is in focus and how much they are in focus. Taking this focus-data further, it seems to me that it would be easy for the camera to blur more the parts of the scene that are not in focus, to exaggerate their bokeh and blur, and result in a picture that looks like it was taken with a f/1.2 aperture.
And as the computation and data-processing power of cameras grow (at the pace of advancement of general computer tech), it seems this would be easily achievable in the near future.
Basically if this comes to pass (and it works well enough), we could just walk around with a general good 24mm-135mm F/4.0 lens and end up with pictures that seem to come from 24mm-135mm f/1.2, negating the need for a collection of expensive primes.
Any thoughts on this?