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The Secrets To Capturing Beautiful Bokeh Photography

If you’ve been looking at photos online for inspiration, chances are you have been envious of the subject matter, but also the background. A particularly captivating background tends to be one that is thrown out of focus. Usually with beautiful patterns or shapes of light diffused in Here Are The Secrets To Capturing Beautiful Bokeh Photography soft dreamy way behind the subject. It’s a common technique applied in portraiture, but also in every other genre of photography from product and commercial, to wildlife and macro.

I often get asked how to do this, with photographers complaining they are unable to replicate such a style in their own work. However, it’s really quite simple when it comes down to it.

What is Bokeh Photography?

Despite being fairly difficult to pronounce on paper, the concept of bokeh is simple:

Bokeh is essentially a way to describe the look and feel of the background of your image. Specifically when referring to the designs and patterns created by the out-of-focus areas. Consequently, you’ve probably heard photographers refer to ‘good’ and ‘bad’ bokeh. Different lenses have different styles when it comes to the bokeh they create. That depends on a range of factors, including the number of blades that form the aperture window. But you don’t need to worry about that.

Any lens can create a bokeh effect. Even if you’ve got a small compact camera, it’s still possible. You just need to understand all of the ingredients that make up the recipe for a good bokeh style. These are the main factors that contribute to your bokeh..

Use a Shallow Depth of Field

Maybe this one sounds obvious to more weathered photographers, but using a shallow depth of field is absolutely key to achieving the bokeh effect you’re looking for. To do this, you need to use a low f-stop value on your lens to create the widest aperture possible. As well as letting in a lot of light, this will give you a shallow depth of field and throw a lot of the scene out of focus.

If sharpness in your photos is something you struggle with, you may find that this makes it a little harder for you to achieve a properly sharp image. It isn’t difficult to overcome, though. Just make absolutely sure you are focusing on exactly the right part of the scene (such as the eyes when photographing people or animals).

Use a Longer Focal Length

Whilst you can technically achieve good bokeh on any lens, the longer the focal length the easier it will be. If you’re shooting portraits, why not try a 200mm lens to get all up in that detail and soften the background at the same time? For some genres, such as wildlife photography, even longer lenses are appropriate and carry the added benefit of a consistent bokeh being achieved across a range of apertures.