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How to Take Amazing Bokeh Photos

November 8th, 2016
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We all love those beautiful photos with a dreamy blurry background and magical spots of light. That effect is called Bokeh and it’s all about the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens. Actually, “bokeh” means “blur” or “haze” in Japanese. In this post I’m going to share with you some tips how to take amazing bokeh photos.

Be Close to Your Subject

Most photography blogs will tell you that you need to use the right lens to have nice bokeh. But what if you don’t have a dSLR? Well, the good news is that any lens, even your smartphone camera, can produce some kind of bokeh if you do things right. So, my first tips is for you to get close to your subject. As close as possible without it becoming out of focus or not fitting the frame.

Use Narrow Depth of Field

Getting nice bokeh require shallow depth of field. You can achieve that by selecting a large aperture. So, if your camera allows it, select a small aperture number like f/1.8 and watch the lovely blur appear in your photos.

Have Enough Space Between the Subject and the Background

It’s not at all hard to achieve bokeh if your subject is far enough from the background. You know, things become blurry in the distance and that is true for both our eyes and the camera. So, make sure there’s enough space between your subject and the background.

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