In photography, bokeh is the blur, or the aesthetic quality of the blur, in out-of-focus areas of an image, or "the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light"... /... Bokeh occurs for parts of the scene that lie outside the depth of field. Photographers sometimes deliberately use a shallow focus technique to create images with prominent out-of-focus regionsOkaaaay, I think I'm with you. But take it slowly, I'm a novice. Oh, and apparently, you pronounce it either like a "bow-kay" of flowers or like a questionable Scottish heave (a boke eh?).
So I got my camera out yesterday to try and learn about bokeh. My aim was to try and make some appropriately tropical Christmas pictures if possible. I tried for some bokeh caused (at least in part) by the brightness of the sun (as opposed to lights/candles), and I also aimed to capture some uniquely contrasting hot weather aspects of Christmas (eg strelizia against shopping mall window backdrop... still working on that one). After more than 100 weird attempts, I think I got some bokeh.
|my coffee table: long-distance cards and sun-bathing baubles|
|ice creams all round while out to see the Christmas lights - not a scarf or a mince pie in sight|
So there you go, new word for the day: bokeh. I'm going to have to keep working on it (obviously!).
And if like me, you're totally clueless, I've distilled some of the tutorials I've read into the following:
- set your aperture as wide open as it'll go
- focus on a relatively close up object
- make sure there's something all a-sparkle and a-glitter in the distance
- repeat at least a hundred times on random varying settings to see what comes out nice
- acknowledge that it's likely much more complicated than this to get a great shot, but accept that it'll do for now, and friendly peeps might leave me more hints and tips below...
Go over to Darcy's amazing website on December the 8th to see how the real pros do holiday bokeh - I just know it's going to be STUNNING.