Saturday, October 30, 2010

and the next theme is... bokeh

Day 240
day 240 by april
As shown in these two beautiful photographs by Muse April, bokeh is the splendid purposely out-of-focus light, colors, and shapes that you find in the background of many digital photographs.  Based on the definition from, Bokeh, pronounced bow-kay or bow-keh, is a Japanese term for the subjective aesthetic quality of out-of-focus areas of a photographic image. But for me, it is best defined as PURE MAGIC!

The goal of this technique is to create a blurred background that is compelling without distracting the viewer’s attention from the main subject of the photo.  This is especially important in portraits.

Day 196 {explore}
day 196 {explore} by april
Tips for getting good bokeh...

1.) Set your DSLR camera to manual or aperture priority and use a low f-stop number like f1.4, f1.8 or f2.8 for a large aperture. If more light is required, increase your ISO level instead of switching to a higher f-stop.

2.) To achieve the formation of circles, instead of a general blurring, use a shutter speed faster than 1/50 second.

3.) Get in close to your subject, while keeping the background outside the focus area. If you are trying to create the bokeh effect with only night lights, remember to switch your camera to manual focus.

4.) Consider your background lighting. Avoid backgrounds that are evenly lit since they will create a bland blurring. Seek out spots of light such as street lights, reflections, or unevenly lit textured surfaces.

We look forward to seeing all your magical photos in the flickr pool.  Make sure to visit with us tomorrow when I start musing on "Night" and announce all the winners of our 9 Days of Inspiration giveaway prizes.
Until then. ♥ Tammy Lee


Maria Ontiveros said...

Looking forward to the drawing tomorrow!

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

Thanks Tammy for the wonderful description of bokeh and how to achieve it. Those are great examples. I see some photos that just seem out of focus to me and don't have the wonderful reflections of light like these do.

Cristina said...

Super excited to try this technique. Thanks!

Kathy said...

oh yes. love the bokeh.

knitalatte said...

What cute feet! Thanks for the instructions on achieving bokeh. Sounds like fun.

Jan said...

LOVE bokeh!!! wooot!
I'm totally bummed I didn't get to participate in the night shots. It rained all week long, and then my camera kicked the bucket. LOL!
I'm going to get some in though, some time or other ;)

Naomi said...

Love the new theme! Love the photos!

Elizabeth Crocker said...

OOOH! I love Bokeh! See my blog about it! I like to call it Photo Bling.

Jamie said...

Awesome theme! Can't wait.

GailO said...

I will give it a try!

Brandi Reynolds said...

hooray! love bokeh!!!!

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