Bokeh - The Beauty of the Blur

Image by: Christian Ives

Image by: Christian Ives

You may not have heard the word Bokeh before, but Bokeh is all around you. Once you know what Bokeh is, you will begin to see it every where. So what exactly is Bokeh?

Simply put, Bokeh is a photographic term used to describe the aesthetic character of light in the out of focus portion of a image.

Bokeh comes from the Japanese word “Boke”,meaning the aesthetic quality of the blur.

Photographers achieve Bokeh by deliberately using a shallow focus technique to create out-of-focus regions in their photographs. Bokeh is often most visible around small background highlights, such as specular reflections and light sources. However, bokeh is not limited to highlights; any aesthetic blur in photograph can be referred as Bokeh.

Want to make a Bokeh-licious photo like this?

Here’s How In 4 Easy Steps

  1. Use a fast lens. (at least f/2.8 or faster.. f/1.8 or f/1.4 being ideal.)

  2. Set your camera to Aperture Priority. (Mode dial: A for Nikon, or Av for Canon users.)

  3. Set your subject as close to the camera as possible.

  4. Put some xmas lights or candles at least 8 feet behind the subject.

That's it! Now get out and experiment with Bokeh! Have a "Bokeh-licious" day!