Capturing the Soul: Photographic Portraiture Before the Smartphone Era

A recent smartphone ad shows two women looking at a photo of their children. “Did you bokeh my child?” one asks, referring to the blurred background photographers often use in portraits. Nervous but not terribly contrite, the second woman scrambles to adjust the depth of field. “See? Bokeh; unbokeh,” she says, sliding the “f-stop” back and forth. The advertisement is for depth control, a feature of portrait mode that lets some smartphones make portraits with shallow focus and fuzzy backgrounds.
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