Vintage Bokeh is a simple app that applies a bokeh filter to the live view of your iPhone or iPad camera.
How It Works
The Vintage Bokeh app applies a bokeh overlay directly to your photo. Once you allow the app to access your phone’s camera, you can click on the plus sign to scroll through ten different overlay options. The bokeh effect shows up in the live view and gives your an idea of how the bokeh filter will look before the picture is taken. When you find an option you like, simply click the camera icon to snap a photo.
The interface of this app is simple to use and intuitive. I didn’t have to read the instructions and was able to start adding bokeh to my photos instantly.
The fake bokeh effect varies in shape, size and colour. To get an idea of what the overlays look like, I took a a few pictures of a plain white wall in my house. Below, you can see four of the options available with this app.
Unlike other bokeh apps such as, Bokehflex, Bokehful or Lumie, Vintage Bokeh is not an editing tool. Instead, the Bokeh effect is automatically layer over your image and can’t be altered or eliminated.
This app is a quick and dirty way to apply a bokeh effect to photos. I think, the results look over processed and fake. Once you take a photo, you’re stuck with the applied filter. It can’t be removed or fine tuned. This limits your editing options and creates a bokeh effect that looks fake and illogical.
Despite taking photos during the golden hour in fantastic light, I had no luck with this app. I found that the bokeh overlays did little to enhance my photographs. The photos over-processed at best. At worst, some of the overlays left spots that made it look like I was shooting with a dirty or foggy camera lens.