Bokeh

Hello, my name is Pam. And I’m a bokeh-holic. Yes, I’m addicted to bokeh!

What’s 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:

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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.
 

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 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!

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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!
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    “You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” ~Ansel Adams

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