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Learn by Doing Photography – Christmas Bokeh

Assignment #54 Add a little Bokeh to Christmas Take a picture of anything, but get those lights to twinkle in the background!

What does Bokeh mean?

In photography, bokeh is the blur, the out-of-focus areas in an image. Bokeh occurs for parts of the picture that are outside the depth of field.

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How do I get my pictures to have Bokeh?

The more you learn about depth of field vs shallow depth of field, you realize how much more there is to learn. But here are a few basic bokeh tips to help get you started!

1. Larger aperture usually works best. That is why the Canon 50mm 1.8 is perfect for these images. You can’t help but have a shallow depth of field when you open wide.

2. The closer you are to your subject, the better. If you’re using the 50mm get real close.

3. If you are using a zoom lens take it to it’s longest focal length and give it a try

4. Keep your subject away from the background. You will get more bokeh if your subject has some distance between them and the background. For instance if you place your subject right next to a light that light will be pretty in focus. If you move your subject forward so there is distance between the subject and the light, then the light will be blurred. The light has to be outside the depth of field.

Here is a good tutorial I found from CameraLabs:

 

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