Below are some examples produced with DOF PRO. The images below are straight output from DOF PRO and have not been edited / processed in any way, except for resizing to 720x540. They have, however, been compressed for internet display which leads to some visible JPEG artefacting. In most cases, the DOF has been exaggerated for clarity. However, in real-world examples you would want to minimize the amount of DOF as well as know when and what circumstances to use it in. As in the computer graphics samples, you will notice that the Depth Map does not reflect the focal point shown in the DOF image - remember, white represents objects in focus, black objects defocused. This is one of the most powerful features of DOF PRO. You have the capability to selectively change the focal point based on the original, source Depth Map (shown below). Clicking on an image will launch a full-sized preview in a pop-up window so please make sure you have pop-up blockers disabled.
This first image "Cars" is one of many photographs shot by Martin Vicanek. It has been included in this section as it is another excellent example of the sophisticated Bokeh effects (specifically pentagonal with slight blade curvature) produced by the highlights in DOF PRO. In this case the Depth map was created by hand, but as you can see, a close approximation is generally sufficient for producing extremely realistic results.
This is another beautiful photograph by Martin Vicanek labelled "Sundial" which showcases the more subtle DOF effects of DOF PRO in applied Photography. Again, a simple mask of the sundial was created by hand to be used as the Depth Map for controlling the focused regions.
This image "Sailboat", by David Voss, is a great example of the use of the vertical gradient for landscape photography. Gradients are a built-in feature in DOF PRO and they can be rotated and color corrected in any possible way to assist in creating complex masks for use as Depth Maps. This is also a great example of how a subtle amount of DOF can add a considerable amount of depth to an image.
"Statue" is another of Martin Vicanek's beautiful photographs. This has been included as an example of how DOF PRO can be used to focus the viewer's attention on a particular subject when it would have otherwise been lost in the frame. Once again, a simple mask of the foreground statue was created by hand which served as an ideal Depth Map for focusing the subject in question. Alternately, the "Click-to-Focus" feature (built-in function), would shift the focus from the foreground statue to the background statue - (Make sure you try the interactive demo to see how this works).
This image labelled "Dictionary" by Martin Vicanek is another great example of how to use a simple gradient as a Depth map for producing complex DOF effects.
This image "Corrector", generated by Martin Vicanek of my very own Advanced Color Corrector interface is another great example of how you can edit the gradients to suit your desired needs. In this case, the image has been framed with camera tilt ("dutch roll") and therefore the gradient also requires rotation. This is easily corrected with DOF PRO's editing tools as you can rotate, invert, stretch, clamp, scale, brighten and adjust the gamma of the Depth Map until you find the perfect result.
This image "Marbles", taken courtesy of The House of Glass, Inc. is another great example of the sophisticated Bokeh effects DOF PRO can generate. As you can see, a basic DOF PRO generated depth map has been used which can be edited in realtime and adjusted to suit any need.
Image courtesy of BigFoto.com. Processed using built-in gradient depth maps.
Image courtesy of BigFoto.com. Processed using built-in gradient depth maps.
Image courtesy of BigFoto.com. Processed using built-in gradient depth maps.
Image courtesy of BigFoto.com. Processed using built-in gradient depth maps.
Image courtesy of BigFoto.com. Processed using custom-made depth map.
Image courtesy of BigFoto.com. Processed using built-in gradient depth maps.
Image courtesy of BigFoto.com. Processed using custom-made depth map.
Image courtesy of BigFoto.com. Processed using built-in gradient depth maps.
Image courtesy of BigFoto.com. Processed using built-in gradient depth maps.
Image courtesy of BigFoto.com. Processed using built-in gradient depth maps.
Image courtesy of BigFoto.com. Processed using built-in gradient depth maps. Spherical & Chromatic Aberration, grain re-generation based on focus map.
Image courtesy of BigFoto.com. Processed using custom depth maps. Spherical & Chromatic Aberration, grain re-generation based on focus map.
Image courtesy of BigFoto.com. Processed using built-in gradient depth maps. Spherical & Chromatic Aberration, grain re-generation based on focus map.
This image labeled "Dragon" contains many of DOF PRO's latest features including spherical and chromatic aberrations, highlight enhancement, edge management and grain re-generation. Image courtesy of BigFoto.com. Processed using custom-made depth map.