Lately I've had some shots where I've found myself wishing I could readily make the out-of-focus backgrounds more blurred and/or darker in order to make the foreground subject stand out. Ideally, I could create a mask that makes it possible to alter the background -- or maybe out-of-focus areas of the photo -- separately from those areas that are in focus. Making it part of the Bokeh tool seems the most logical. If I think of it as I'm shooting, I can open up the aperture and/or go to a longer focal length, both of which narrow my depth of field. If it's a simple object I'm trying to separate, I can make a mask. But there are some shots that I can't get or don't see as I'm shooting, and the object I'm trying to separate from the background may be complex requiring a lot of time to mask. It might also work as a means of simply replacing the background.
I don't see a means to do this in Photoshop (I have an old CS5 version) or Affinity, but if they can detect and mask for focus stacking, it seems there should be a way to do it. This seems like something that Luminar -- with its AI ability to detect 3D relationships in a 2D image -- should be able to do. Thanks!
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