11 Benefits of Being Able to Change the Focus of Photos After You Shoot Them

It sounds too good to be true—devices that let you essentially travel back in time and adjust the focus in an image long after capturing it. But innovative new technology like Intel® RealSense™ snapshot is doing just that and changing the way we take and edit photos. From the obvious to the obscure, here are the biggest benefits of shooting first, and focusing later.

1. Sharpen To Taste

Refocusing can be dramatic (see most of the examples in this list) but it doesn't have to be. When your intended subject is just slightly blurry, a device that captures a wide depth of field and then lets you change the focus within that field can transform a snapshot doomed to languish on Facebook into an indelible memory—one that's worth printing and framing. 

2. Shoot Blind

Whether you're shooting a selfie with friends or taking a photo above the crowd at a packed concert, sometimes you have to forget about framing the shot and start snapping away with your device held at arm's length. This is a risky maneuver, though, that relies on a camera's autofocus to essentially read your mind and pick the right subject to concentrate on. Refocusing takes the guesswork out of shooting blind, letting you decide after the fact which part of the photo matters most. 

3. Ignore the Elements

Few conditions confuse a camera's autofocus like falling snow or blowing leaves. The lens is as likely to focus on intervening objects as it is to find your subject behind them. By focusing after the fact, you can capture a quiet portrait in the first snow of the season or commemorate an epic dive into the biggest leaf pile in the yard.

4. Catch a Moving Target

Kids are a photographic conundrum. Our cameras might gravitate to them, but children are notoriously mobile, and therefore chronically out of focus. Refocusing can't rescue every action shot, but with enough light, a photo of kids sprinting across the frame can become a surprisingly crisp portrait. 

5. Blur a Boring Background

Bad backgrounds happen to good photographers. Maybe the kitchen was more of a disaster than you remembered, or that leafy patch of forest was actually withered and bare. When the environment behind your subjects either distracts or disappoints, you can take it out of the equation with some judicious defocusing.

6. Focus on the Bigger Picture

On the other hand, sometimes the background isn't just good, but better than anything in the foreground of the photo. This is especially the case when your subject wasn't a person, but something inanimate—a blooming flower, or an artfully framed traffic sign—that turns out less striking than the environment surrounding it. Refocusing lets you play with the image and discover happy photographic accidents (that you can take full credit for). 

7. Filter Your Focal Point

Another advantage of after-the-fact focusing is that, by isolating a specific part of the photo, you can apply image filters with artful precision. A loved one could be in color while everything else is black and white, or a vintage car could look faded and bleached, like it climbed out of an old timey shot, in an unfiltered modern-day street scene. 

8. Get Bokeh Even in Bright Light

Whether you've heard the term “bokeh” or not, you know what it is: when a portrait subject is in crisp focus, while everything behind is in a gauzy, defocused haze. This popular look has traditionally required big camera lenses and a Goldilocks light quality, meaning not too dark but not too bright. Refocusing can produce bokeh shots without all the fuss, including when subjects are in direct sunlight. 

9. Nudge the Angle

Some devices that let you focus after taking the shot also have a slightly spooky feature, allowing you to make small adjustments to the angle of the photo. The effect is minor, but it can address problematic compositions, such as a portrait where a pole in the background seems to rise out of a loved one's head. By shifting the angle, you might be able to avoid unfortunate optical illusions. 

10. Create an Optical Illusion

But what if deception is actually what you have in mind? With careful framing and some tactical refocusing, you can make a toy spacecraft look like a giant UFO hovering in the distance, or make a crowd of full-size adults look small enough to fit in someone's hand. Refocusing can fine-tune these perspective tricks, blurring and sharpening to create a more effective sight gag. 

11. Make a Behind-the-Scenes GIF

Finally, all of the tricks we've listed can become the foundation for some fascinating GIFs. By saving multiple versions of an image—before, after, and during your refocusing edits—you can show an image morphing from gonzo shot to effective optical illusion, or display a series of focal points for a single image (such as different flowers in a bouquet, or a surprise reveal of someone photobombing a group portrait). Try to create as many incremental shots as possible, to heighten the flipbook-like transition, and show even the most jaded GIF lovers a new way to animate photos. 

Now that you know all the tricks you can pull off with refocusing technology, the only thing left to do is to start shooting. With Intel® RealSense™ snapshot, you’ll be able to refocus every shot to ensure every image is perfect. Learn more here.

11 Things You Didn't Know You Needed to Measure

A simple measurement—made even easier by photo measuring technology—will save you wasted time, energy, and effort in the following scenarios. It never hurts to arm yourself with as much information as possible, especially now that innovative technology has put accurate, easy measurements at your fingertips. 

1. Doorframes and Hallways in Your New Apartment Building 

Even if you don’t live in New York City, where cramped stairwells and impossibly small apartments are just part of the charm, you’ll want to know ahead of time which of your current furniture will actually make it into the new apartment. Sure you love your four-poster bed frame or oversized couch, but if it doesn’t even fit through the building’s front door, wouldn’t you rather know that before moving day? 

2. Every Room in Your House, For When You Spot the Perfect Addition 

Even if it’s not new, every house is a work in progress. Be prepared to pick up the perfect statement piece to complete the look with photos of each room that you can measure whenever you happen to spy a great work of art or end table when you’re out and about. 

3. How Much Your Nieces/Nephews/Grandkids Have Grown

Of course you’re going to take a picture of the kids whenever you see them, and now when you say, “My, you’ve grown so much since last time!” you’ll be able to check how much is so much.

4. Your Snowmen 

Tap into your competitive side next time there’s a substantial snowfall and challenge friends and family to a snowman-building contest. When they’re all complete, snap a photo and measure up—award points for both size and style. In fact, the competitors don’t even have to be in the same place for this contest to work. Build your respective snowmen and share the photos amongst yourselves. 

5. How Much Air You Got 

Whether you’re jumping off the diving board or leaping off the ice for a triple axel, have someone document your athletic endeavors and later you can find just how much air you got. If you’re serious about your sport, do this regularly and you can plot your progress. 

6. The Inside Of Your Stove 

Especially if you’re in one of those tiny city apartments. Don’t let yourself buy that giant baking sheet (think of all the cookies!) just to find out it can’t fit in your stove; same goes for oversized casserole dishes. Before you stock your kitchen, make sure you know the dimensions of the oven space itself so you don’t end up with a bunch of useless supplies. 

7. The Distance Between an Outlet and Whatever You’re Plugging In 

This is especially important if you’re talking about an outdoor outlet. Don’t get too carried away with your plans for the perfect poolside margarita maker setup (or other electronic) without first making sure the cord will reach. It’s an easy fix—all you need is an extension cord—but better to know that before your party is in full swing. 

8. Window Height For Curtains

Maybe you think—like many of us did—that curtains are a one-size-fits-most kind of product, but unless you want the lower half of your body exposed or the curtains dragging on the floor, make sure you measure the height of your windows before ordering a set. Skip the rickety stepladder and just take a picture of the windows to get an accurate, reliable measurement.   

9. A Homemade Bookshelf

The beauty of building something from scratch is that you can make it exactly the size you need. Which means you need to figure out exactly what that size is. Consider not just the space you’re going to fit it into but also what it will hold—like if you have any especially tall books you need to take into account or anything else you plan to store there. 

10. Things That Are Just the Right Size

Do your friends have a TV that is large enough to gather around but not overwhelming or a love seat that comfortably sits two but still might fit in your small living room? They might not remember the dimensions of whatever it is you’re coveting but armed with photo measuring technology you can find out in just a snap. 

11. A New Appliance 

Appliances are a big purchase—physically and financially. Make sure you’re plenty prepared by measuring all the different dimensions that might come into play before you head out to compare models. 

From making sure your appliances fit to tracking your family’s literal growth, it’s time to put your photographs to work for you. Intel® RealSense™ technology can turn any snapshot into a useful measuring stick. Learn more here.

11 Ways a 2 in 1 Device Gets You the Best of Both Worlds

Phones, tablets, and computers for work, laptops for gaming—we don’t have enough hands to carry all the devices we need to use on a daily basis! By exchanging your tablet and laptop for a 2 in 1 device you can streamline your computing and lighten your load—without having to make any sacrifices. Here are 11 ways using a 2 in 1 device can help you have it all. 

1. Use It at Work… 

2 in 1 devices inspired by Intel feature the Intel® Core™ M processor, which boasts processing speeds far greater those of its competitors. This means they pack enough power to take on a full day of meetings, presentations, assignments… 

2. … or at Play 

… and games. Your computer use doesn’t stop when you leave the office, and neither do the benefits of your 2 in 1. In addition to increased processing power, Intel-powered 2 in 1 devices feature graphics that are sharper and more vibrant than older models, so you can fully enjoy the visuals of your favorite game. Transform your laptop into a tablet with a flip, swivel, or by detaching the keyboard and you can use it to entertain yourself on your commute or on the couch.

3. It’s Practical… 

When used with its keyboard and mouse trackpad, your 2 in 1 feels as comfortable as your trusty old laptop (but with twice its battery life). It can run Windows, Office, and your favorite desktop apps and Internet browsers. 

4. … and Edgy 

And yet, it’s far from your ordinary laptop. With their razor-thin design, Intel-powered 2 in 1s are ultra sleek, modern, and sexy. 

5. Use it On the Go… 

But the slim design is about more than just looks: 2 in 1s are approximately half the weight of your older laptop and tablet combo, which makes them perfect for taking with you throughout the day. They also have a battery life that outlasts your older laptop or tablet (you can watch hours of HD videos on a single charge), so there’s no need for you to stay within a cord’s reach of an outlet. 

6. … or from the Comfort of Your Home 

2 in 1s offer something for the whole family: You’ll love that you can easily get work done remotely and on your own time, and your kids will love its gaming capabilities. The large screen means you can flip your 2 in 1 into tent mode and comfortably settle in for a family movie night.

7. Use it to Multitask… 

Switch seamlessly from your spreadsheet to your design project to your game with your 2 in 1 thanks to its powerful processor. The 5th generation Intel® Core™ processor family also powers new technologies like facial recognition and voice control, so you can easily switch between tasks—just say the word. 

8. … or Immerse Yourself 

Intel-powered 2 in 1s feature Ultra HD displays, which have up to four times the pixels of full HD. Pop on your headphones and get lost in your game or video—it’s never looked so good. 

9. It’s Reliable… 

The Intel Core M processor with Intel® vPro™ technology features built-in security features that help protect your data, user identities, and network access, so you never have to worry about taking your business home or on the road.

10. … and Flexible 

While your 2 in 1 may be dependable, it’s far from boring. Available in detachable or convertible models, you can switch your device from a laptop to a tablet at the drop of a hat. Spontaneity is the spice of life, and with a 2 in 1 device you can be prepared to go wherever the wind takes you. 

11. You Get More Value… for Less Money. 

In switching to a 2 in 1 device you are not only lightening your physical load—for which your briefcase or backpack will thank you—but are also going easier on your wallet. Intel-powered 2 in 1s, like the Pavilion 15 or 17, can be yours for less than $400. 

By pairing high performance power with a slim, mobile design, Intel-powered 2 in 1 devices give you the best of both worlds. Learn more here.


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