Hello, my name is Pam. And I’m a bokeh-holic. Yes, I’m addicted to bokeh!
It’s a Japanese word ( 暈け meaning “blur” or “haze.”)
It is used as a photographic term to describe the wonderful out-of-focus light, shapes and colors you find in the background of many photos when taken with a wide aperture. It is created by the light and glass in your lens.
If you are not yet addicted, stay tuned, you may be soon:
Bokeh rendering is not the same in all situations and some lenses will be better than others.
Bokeh is subjective, but it is not an illusion.
Wanna try it yourself?
Here’s the recipe:
1. Interesting light in the background
2. Something close to the camera to focus on and then lots of space between that object and the background.
3. A wide aperture (If you have a point n shoot without manual settings, try setting your camera to ‘portrait’ (probably looks like a face on your dial??? ) That might do the trick!
My favorite kind of bokeh is when the background has a “painted” effect (like this collection of photos.) But bokeh can also describe anything with a very blurry background.
You can define it any old way you want – just give it a try! Now, go out and create something magical!
“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” ~Ansel Adams