Bokeh is a popular phrase in photography because it enhances the visual appeal of images by focusing on the topic in a specific area of the image. Backdrop blur is the blur that separates a subject from the background in photography and is caused by a shallow depth of focus. Standing near to the subject while using a large aperture results in a shallow depth of field. Bokeh refers to the whole quality of the out-of-focus area, not just the reflection.
Bokeh is created by the camera’s lens; however, different lenses produce bokeh in different ways according to their optical design. Portrait lenses with a large maximum aperture usually have a more pleasing bokeh than zoom lenses.
Good bokeh is something that pleases our eyes and provides the image a different sense, where the background blur appears soft with smooth spherical circles of light with no hard edges. The shape of the out-of-focus area is determined by the diaphragm of the lens. Heptagon and circular forms are produced by many lenses.
Bokeh is determined by the lens you’re using; professional zoom lenses with a fast aperture produce pleasing bokeh.
Quick guide: Focus on an object from a close distance, making sure you’re on the same level as the object. Try finding a colorful wall with some lights on it, or a Christmas tree would make a great background for a bokeh test. Set your camera to Aperture Priority mode and the lowest aperture possible. The lowest aperture for professional zoom lenses is between f/1.2 and f/2.8. Take a picture of your focused subject once the aperture is set to the lowest value. This is how the bokeh effect is created, and it is very appealing.
Lenses that produce beautiful bokeh: There are a variety of lenses that can provide beautiful bokeh. The bokeh produced by prime lenses like the Nikon 85mm f/1.4G or the Canon 85mm f/1.2 II USM is pleasing. Both the Nikon 85mm f/1.8G and the Canon 85mm f/1.8 USM offer stunning bokeh.
Increase the distance between your subject and the background in your shots to increase the noticeable bokeh. The backdrop will be more out of focus the shallower the background is. To achieve a pleasant bokeh effect, use sidelight, backlight, and highlights.
A few pointers to think about.
- Fast Aperture.
- Make use of prime lenses.
- Good bokeh is created by using a long focal length.
- Bring yourself closer to the subject.
- Use a combination of backlighting and side lighting.
A few images to look over.