What Is Bokeh?

Bokeh is the soft, creamy, out-of-focus blur in an image. Generally, bokeh is best seen in the background of a photograph.

Want More Bokeh In Your Photographs?

How To Achieve Bokeh in Your Photos

Creamy blur and even out-of-focus circles in the background of your images are generally seen as desirable—especially in portraits and macro shots. To get more bokeh in your photos, follow these simple tips.

Aperture Focal Length Distance

How To Achieve Bokeh in Your Photos

Choose an open aperture or low f-stop number between f/1.8 and f/5.6. The lower the f-stop number, the less depth of field there will be (or how much of your photo is in focus). This is the #1 way to get nice bokeh in the background of your photos. Choose longer focal lengths— preferably 50mm or higher.

How To Achieve Bokeh in Your Photos

Longer focal lengths allow you less depth of field. The less depth of field you have, the more background blur will be present in your photos. Keep your background far behind your audience.

The greater the distance your subject is from the background, the more out of focus the background will be. Also, the closer you are to your subject, the more out of focus the background will be.

 

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