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Bokeh | What is it and how to create it

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Uploaded on Feb 3, 2012

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What is bokeh and how do you get it in your photos?

Bokeh means "blur" in Japanese. Bokeh happens when you have shallow depth of field and when you have a large distance between your subject and your background. Highlights in the distance (or the foreground) of your photo become interesting looking when they are out of focus.

Shallow depth of field is achieved by using a large aperture - f 2.8 or larger usually does the trick. If you are close to your subject, you'll also get shallow depth of field. And if you use a long focal length lens, you'll get shallow depth of field as well.

You can get bokeh in video too. Just pull your shot out of focus and watch the bokeh appear right before your eyes.

http://youtu.be/RCkKMGJR0no

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