Bokeh originates from the Japanese word “Boke”, referring to the blur caused in the out-of-focus parts of an image. It has become a popular photography technique used to draw viewers’ attention to a subject. Here are some easy to follow tips to help you capture visually appealing bokeh images.
- Use a large aperture
Switch to the largest aperture (smallest f-number) to capture dramatic bokeh images. Using a large aperture decreases the depth of field, thereby directing the camera’s focus on a part of the subject. Everything around the subject will be blurred, creating a stunning bokeh effect. Ideally, use a fast lens (f1.4, f1.8 or f2.8) to create visually appealing out-of-focus areas.
- Custom make bokeh
You may have seen images with various bokeh shapes and wondered how the photographer must have captured it. Truth be told, it isn’t difficult at all. All you need to do is punch out a shape on a black paper and tape it over your lens. The cut out must be placed right over the middle part of your lens. What happens essentially is that the shape of the cut-out will control the shape of the light in the image.
- Take close-up and macro shots
Close up shots of flowers and other subjects in nature can make for appealing bokeh images. Have the subject as close to the lens as possible to ensure that the lights in the background are nicely blurred. In macro lenses especially, getting in close to the subject will maximise the background blur.
So what are you waiting for? Get your cameras out and capture beautiful bokeh images now!