HOW TO SHOOT ASTOUNDING BOKEH USING SOME INEXPENSIVE ARITIFICIAL LIGHT

HOW TO SHOOT ASTOUNDING BOKEH USING SOME INEXPENSIVE ARITIFICIAL LIGHT

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In photography, bokeh is the blur, or “the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light” (source). It’s often most visible around lights in your image background, but blur actually occurs in any out-of-focus areas in your images.

Another simple example of a bokeh:



Let’s first understand the difference between soft focus and bokeh. In soft focus photography there is an intentional blurriness added to the subject while the actual edges are retained in sharp focus, but in bokeh it is only an element of the image that is intentionally blurred. Additionally, bokeh tends to emphasize certain points of light in the image as well.

Follow the steps to get good Bokeh:

  1. Lens is the major factor to get a proper bokeh:

All lenses can create some kind of bokeh, but the REALLY nice, drool-worthy bokeh is from prime lenses with large apertures, like f/1.4,f/1.8,f/2.8.

  1. Select a large aperture:

The larger the aperture (the smaller the f number) = a shallow depth of field and more bokeh!  Usually f/2.8, 1.8 and 1.4 creates the best result. But, remember, always keep your eyes open to see if there is an option to leave enough detail in the background to form shape or make out an object. This could add vibrancy to your image.

To obtain a shallow depth of field, it’s important to understand that just setting a big aperture alone won’t give you the effect that you are looking for. The longer distance between the focal point and the background gives you the desired result here.

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Now let me show you another example of a simple bokeh which can be done right at your home.

Check out the simple set-up shown in the next image:

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Put your subject far from the background you want blurred out. you need at least 1 meter distance from the LED and your Subject.

In the image above, I used LED light, lens  filter, book,as you can see I used some distance between subject and LED to get perfect bokeh. I used manual focus to get tack sharp focus.

And now it’s time to show you the final result:

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The Exif: Nikon D5100 Lens 35 mm prime, ISO 200, Aperture F/1.8 ,Shutter speed 1/80.

Article by: Abhijeet

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