There’s Bokeh in My Photo

This exciting feature can be found in the background of images which are shot with a shallow depth of field. Bokeh, originates from the Japanese word ‘boke’ which means haziness or blur, but can also mean mentally unstable.

Well, in our photos, we are looking for the interesting patterns created by light that is not rendered completely realistic due to the limits of the optics in our lens and camera. With bright highlights, bokeh will usually create nice round orbs that will overlap and create beautiful abstract patterns.

There are two things to keep in mind when trying to obtain bokeh in your photos. Number one you’ll need a shallow depth of field, so be sure to shoot in manual or aperture priority mode with a very low f/stop number (i.e. f/2.8). Which, by the way, if you shoot with a wide depth of field (i.e. f/22), you can create interesting star patterns on bright highlights, but you will lose the bokeh effect.

The second component to this equation is to get close to your main focused subject. Bokeh occurs well if your focused subject is closer to your lens than the background.

Try these techniques, if you haven’t already, and soon you’ll be seeing bokeh in your creations. Let me know if this tip was helpful. Please leave a comment below.