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Top 5 iPhone bokeh apps

As a photographer, I love bokeh, and recently I’ve been on a search for the best iPhone bokeh apps. I’ve found that there are quite a few iPhone apps that offer bokeh effects available, but also, that all iPhone bokeh apps are not created equally!

iPhone Bokeh Apps

If you would like to give your iPhone photos that special something, check out my top picks for iPhone bokeh apps!

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While I’m still making my way through the iPhone apps that claim to offer artificial bokeh effects, so far, these are my favorite apps for adding bokeh to your iPhone Photos!

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1. Lumiè $1.99 — The Lumiè iPhone bokeh app is easily my favorite. I included several examples above of photos that I created using Lumiè. This app offers not only gorgeous standard bokeh filters, but also bokeh hearts, glitter, cosmos, disco, stars, forms, flowers, street, geeky, pop, Christmas and fireworks filters! I’m kind of hooked on the cosmos effect — so pretty!

  • Quick tip for Lumiè. When you want to try a different filter, just tap the middle of your image to bring up the menu again. It took me a while to figure this out, I might be a little slow! :)

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2. Real Bokeh $0.99 — If you’re into a more hands-on approach, you might like the Real Bokeh iPhone app. With Real Bokeh, you actually tap, or draw in the bokeh where you want it on the image. You can choose the size, shape, and color of the bokeh effect on your images. It’s not exactly what I would call a natural bokeh effect, but it’s still fun to use, and gives your images a magical effect that you can customize and control.

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3. Bokeh Booth $0.99 — Alternatively, if you’re looking for a iPhone bokeh app that is dead simple to use, and requires very, very little effort, then Bokeh Booth is the app for you. Bokeh Booth ads a quick and easy bokeh filter to your images. The app blurs the photo, but you can fine tune your subject by swiping your finger over the areas you’d like to show in focus after the bokeh filter is ran. Not my favorite of the bokeh iPhone apps, but it’s nice for some images, and definitely super easy to use.

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4. InstaFilterZilla $0.99 — This is a really cool little app. Not only does it offer some really nice bokeh and light leak options, but you can do some color correcting as well. InstaFilterZilla is easy to use, and the resulting image quality is really nice. It also includes the filters available in Instagram, if you’re a fan of those, as well as some gorgeous artistic textures for your images. This iPhone bokeh app is definitely worth the $0.99.

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5. iDarkroom $0.99 — The iDarkroom app is really a great all-around iPhone photo editing tool. You can crop and rotate images, adjust brightness and color, and tweak contrast. In addition to essential photo editing features, iDarkroom also offers some really nice features including tilt shift, a range of artistic filters, and of course — bokeh and light leak options! The bokeh filters may not be as aesthetically pleasing as some of the apps mentioned above, but with all the other features packed into iDarkroom, it was worth a mention.

iPhone Bokeh Apps Conclusion

I suggest trying a few of these to see which effects you prefer. I really adore Lumiè right now, and it’s also a new find for me, but I also love the results that InstaFilterZilla gives me. I’m a bit of a bokeh addict, so I like to play around and find new bokeh apps all the time!

Oh, and I probably should have put this at the beginning of the article, but in case you’re asking yourself — what is bokeh — I’ll tell you that in photography, bokeh is the blurry quality in the out-of-focus areas of a picture. I like how Ken Rockwell puts it, “Bokeh is not how far something is out-of-focus, bokeh is the character of whatever blur is there.”

Have you tried adding bokeh to your iPhone photos? Which iPhone bokeh app is your favorite?

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  1. January 2, 2013 @ 9:52 am

    I love the app Bokehful! It’s very easy to use and you can customize it to your liking.

  2. January 2, 2013 @ 10:22 am

    These are really neat! I didn’t realize you could apply bokeh effects in apps, now I’m excited and will have to check these out.

  3. January 2, 2013 @ 10:23 am

    Do any of these apps work for Android phones, or are they all iPhone only?

  4. January 2, 2013 @ 10:33 am

    I think it is really great about all the apps that are coming out and reasonably priced to suit every ones needs.

  5. January 2, 2013 @ 11:14 am

    Awesome!! Thanks, downloading a couple to try out right now. :)

  6. January 2, 2013 @ 12:16 pm

    Love these apps. Since I have my phone with me at all times I love trying out new photo apps and these look really cool!

  7. January 2, 2013 @ 3:54 pm

    I like the picfx mainly because I adore the bokeh hearts. I’m off to download Lumie though.

  8. January 2, 2013 @ 9:01 pm

    Post like these make an Android girl jealous! If I had an iPhone I think I would choose iDarkroom and InstaFilterZilla.

  9. January 3, 2013 @ 10:27 am

    I’m going to download them all! Thanks for sharing.

  10. January 3, 2013 @ 5:16 pm
    Ashley - Embracing Beauty

    I’m a fan of the Lumie app as well!

  11. January 5, 2013 @ 5:09 am

    Great post! Now I need to decide between Lumie and InstaFilterZilla!

  12. January 9, 2013 @ 1:45 am

    I really love these apps and i wish to give some artificial bokeh effects to them.The effects with the iDarkRoom app looks amazing and it gives such a beautiful effect to these photographs.I will surely download this for my iPhone.Thanks for sharing this information.

  13. January 10, 2013 @ 5:16 am

    The Lumie app is really amazing and i love their effects.I also love the effects presented by the iDarkroom app and the contrast feature that they offer looks really out of this world.I don’t think that the remaining three apps stand anywhere near to these two.

  14. January 10, 2013 @ 12:45 pm

    Thank you! I just downloaded Lumie :)

  15. January 18, 2013 @ 5:58 am

    I have downloaded two of these apps and they have really helped me to get some great effects for my pics.The Lumie app is the best according to me and no other app can stand in front of it.

  16. January 21, 2013 @ 4:06 am

    I really love the apps that have been shared and they are really amazing.The iDarkroom and Lumie app as some of the ones that are interesting to me while the other ones are just ordinary.I will surely download one of them.

  17. January 21, 2013 @ 5:18 am

    I am so excited to try out the iDarkroom app for my pics.The effects of the other apps are not as good as this app.Hence according to my option this is the best app among the rest.

  18. January 22, 2013 @ 4:07 am

    I am quite excited to download one of those apps because I really appreciate the effects that they deliver especially the iDarkroom app.Also the Lumie app gives good effects.Looking forward to download one of these two.

  19. January 22, 2013 @ 4:48 am

    I would say that the Lumie app is far more better than the iDarkroom app with some of the excellent apps effects that it offers.The iDarkroom app is good but the contrast feature in it is not comparable to the Lumie and surely the Lumie wins here.

  20. January 23, 2013 @ 5:20 am

    I have never tried out these apps but after looking at the pics that you have shared I truly feel that the Lumie and iDarkroom app are some of the best ones.The effects that they provide are really fantastic and I wish to download one of them soon.

  21. February 7, 2013 @ 9:17 pm

    I love these applications and I want to give some artificial bokeh effect to them.The effects with iDarkRoom application looks great, and it gives a nice effect of photographs.I, definitely download it for my iPhone.Thanks for sharing this information

  22. March 4, 2013 @ 4:09 pm

    I really like the InstaFilter one, the little hearts are so pretty!

  23. March 25, 2013 @ 1:33 pm

    Lumie definitely rocks. Beats out my instagram imbedded picture editing tools

  24. June 24, 2013 @ 2:03 pm

    I’m looking for a bokeh app where there are effects I can choose from so I don’t need to make them myself. Any suggestions?


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