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Getting the right “blur” settings with Aftershoot
Getting the right “blur” settings with Aftershoot
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Written by Mark Allen
Updated over a week ago

Not everyone wants their “blurred” photos removed when doing a cull. Some of you shoot with a softer style, use different lens types during a shoot, maybe you’ve got some epic depth of field, or simply take photos of moving objects.

That’s why we’ve added “Blur” settings to Aftershoot.

So how do you get the right settings for your cull?

Think of the different settings as tools that you can use for specific tasks.

Moderate is the Swiss Army Knife of Blur

It handles everything you throw at it. It is perfect for shoots with mixed conditions and equipment (lenses, AF). If you’re not sure what setting to choose go with moderate. It’s the ideal all-around mode. Try it!

Use “Strict” like a scalpel

Using Strict for your blur settings works great with engagement shoots, controlled situations, studio photography, very good focus skills in no matter what situation, good lighting, portrait, headshots, corporate, fashion, and of course weddings (with sharp lenses, good AF, etc.), also when you take many shots of the same scene.

We’ll remove anything that has the slightest blur in here.

Lenient is our butter knife

It helps you to reduce your manual review effort for shoots under really challenging conditions (low available light, high ISO). We all have this kind of shoot.

It’s the kind of situation in which you will use the photos anyway because you don't have sharper photos to choose from but still want Aftershoot to take the strongly blurred ones out for you.

This blur mode is also a good starting point for photographers with less experience, we’ve all been there, perfect composition, but we didn’t quite get the focus right.

Final thoughts

Making the different modes fit specific qualities or conditions of shoots, makes Aftershoot more useful and more precise.

Normally we’d suggest that you start with “moderate” settings and see how this fits your individual shoot. If it hasn’t removed enough images (or it’s removed too many images) a quick change of the settings and re-cull without clearing the AI cache will quickly provide you with updated images.

If you see that you would have to manually cull many photos out of your selection because you consider them blurred, use “strict” to re-cull.

If you see that you would have to cull many photos out of the blurred filter into the selection, because you like them and don't have issues with the amount of blur, use “lenient” to re-cull.

The modes are all about reducing the manual review for every photographer in different situations and shooting categories.

Moderate or lenient might offer you more images in the selection compared to strict, but this does not necessarily mean that it will increase your manual review time.

More important than the quantity is how accurate the selection is according to the given task or type of shoot.

We suggest testing different settings when you’re doing your cull, as the same setting won’t always produce the same results, as your photography conditions won’t always be the same.

Try them all out and see what fits best to your individual style of photography or decide from shoot to shoot.

There you have it folks, work smarter, cull less, play more, with blur settings.

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