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Just before this Christmas, I started to notice a lot of photos with the Bokeh effect, and really wanted to try it out. It looks magical and adds a very pretty effect to even the most random photos.

So lets start with the basics, What is Bokeh? Well, it is a photography effect which places the focus on the subject, and the background is out of focus, and has a dreamy, slightly sparkly effect (especially if there is a light source in the background).

Technically speaking, “in photography, bokeh (Originally /ˈboʊkɛ/, /ˈboʊkeɪ/ BOH-kay — also sometimes pronounced as /ˈboʊkə/ BOH-kə, Japanese: [boke]) is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens. Bokeh has been defined as “the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light”.

To create this effect in your photos, was surprisingly easy, and I will share the steps to achieve this effect in under 10 minutes.


My first Attempt at Bokeh

How its done:

Step 1: Make sure you set the aperture at the lowest possible setting on your camera, the steps to this may be different in different cameras, but you can find it on the settings. (In the Camera and lens used by me, the aperture was set at the lowest which was F3.5, and the shutter speed was set at 1/60th of a second)

Step 2: Zoom out completely, (the lens I’m using is the kit lens that came with the camera AF-S 18-55mm VR II Kit Lens).

Step 3: Make sure there is a bigger distance between the subject and the background. In this Photograph, as you can see, my subject are the gift boxes, and the background is the Christmas tree. (For this photograph, the distance between the subject and the background was about 6-7 feet)

Step 4: Focus on the subject from the closest distance possible. (For this photograph, my camera was just a few inches from the gift boxes)

Step 5: Focus and click.

And voila! there you have it, Bokeh in under 10 minutes.

I really hope those steps were easy to follow, do let me know if you try it out.. 🙂

Until next time.