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“BOKEH” IN YOUR PHOTOS, AND HOW TO USE THEM

Photo by Francesco Tommasini on Unsplash

“Bokeh”! What is this new word? Take a look at the photo above, and notice all the little round lighted circles behind the subject. Those circles are “Bokeh”, and have become popular in photos lately because they make the subject stand out from the background in a very beautiful way.

Taken from a Japanese word for “blur,” bokeh has become a photography jargon used to describe how a lens renders a background that’s out of focus. As I was looking for a great photo showing Bokeh, I was surprised how many people just love Bokeh, without any foreground subject. Just like this:

yellow bokeh photo
Photo by rovenimages.com on Pexels.com

To me, a photo like this is not something I would hang up on the wall, but, might be used as a background to something else I want to create. However, if you search for Bokeh, on Google, you will get photos of pretty little circles, like shown above.

Now, if you would like to use more Bokeh in your photos, then follow these steps: They can only be created a certain way:

USE THE RIGHT LENS:

The reason why some people get frustrated with bokeh is that they’re probably using the wrong lens. The secret to getting beautiful bokeh is using a lens that has an aperture of at least f/2.8. Unfortunately, the maximum aperture of a typical kit lens (the lens often found on entry-level cameras) only goes as low as f/4.5 or f/3.5. Although it’s more or less just two f-stops away from the ideal aperture, it’s still not wide enough to provide the background blur essential for bokeh.

green grass with bokeh lights
Photo by Johannes Plenio on Pexels.com

Take a look at your lenses and see if you have a lens that will do this. If you got a kit lens, chances are you don’t have a lens that will open to f2.8 or lower. So, check all your lenses. A standard lens, with no zoom, is relatively inexpensive, and will generally go to f1.8, which is perfect for creating this effect.

Check out your aperture blades:

Photo by Wan San Yip on Unsplash

When choosing the ideal bokeh lens, also consider looking at aperture blades. The way they shape the aperture’s opening affects how the patterns in the background look. For instance, a lens with 9 blades creates a rounder aperture, making light sources appear circular and more natural-looking. On the other hand, a lens that has fewer blades (about 5 or 7) produces polygon-shaped orbs that look less desirable.

SET YOUR APERTURE MODE TO “AV”

The important thing to remember in creating the “bokeh” effect, is that you need to use a very wide aperture setting. F2.8 or bigger (or smaller number, like 1.8) will be the only way this works. If you want to go manual mode, that is fine, but, just make sure your aperture is set to the lower number.

CHOOSE A GOOD BACKGROUND:

To achieve bokeh, choosing the right background is crucial. Although it’s easy to blur a part of the scene with your lens, it doesn’t necessarily guarantee your image will have good bokeh.

Plain backgrounds don’t make good bokeh because there’s just nothing much going on visually. If you look at beautiful bokeh shots, you’ll notice that even with a blurry background, particular elements like light orbs or soft textures and patterns appear prominently in the image.

The perfect places to get bokeh is usually from urban locations. There, you usually have some kind of soft lights in the background that just make it nice.

Photo by Matt Nelson on Unsplash

Light reflecting on bodies of water such as ponds and lakes creates captivating bokeh effects as well.

Look for lights behind a possible portrait. This is truly a wonderful effect with bokeh, if everything is in it’s place. It just seems to give a dreamy effect.

Photo by Arnaud Mesureur on Unsplash

conclusion:

Look for lights in the background when taking portraits. Or anything else that has a high reflective light coming from it, and see if you can enjoy getting some good “bokeh” photos.

Thought for the day:

If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.

Robert Capa

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HAVING FUN WITH FILTERS!

Photo by Jakob Owens on Unsplash

In the photography world, there are some fun gadgets that a lot of people would enjoy if they knew more about them. That’s what I am here today to discuss:

There are several great manufactures of Filters for cameras. For Special effects, there are two that I have researched a bit, and really like. The first one is TIFFEN : Here is some information from them that I like:

WHY USE SPECIAL FX FILTERS ?

Tiffen manufactures a wide variety of Special FX filters to aid in the suspension of belief, creating Night Time from daylight, dense Fog or star patterns from specular light sources. Our Special FX filters can be combined together, because they are double threaded, so you can get creative and experiment with some pretty wild photographic effects straight out of the camera.

BEFORE AND AFTER:

There is quite a few different Tiffen special effects filters. I would invite you to click on this link: Tiffen special effects filters to discover the variety, and the prices. Filters are much easier than trying to accomplish all this with hours on Photoshop.


Another great filter company is: PetaPixel

These Lens Filters Have Prisms Built In for Creative Effects:

PrismLensFX has unveiled a set of Variable Prism Filters. These are lens filters with prisms built right into them for capturing creative effects in photos and videos.

I couldn’t see that these are available on Amazon, but, they make the most beautiful filters for cameras. Please go to their link: https://petapixel.com/2019/03/29/these-lens-filters-have-prisms-built-in-for-creative-effects/

The Prism filter is designed to create “stunning” flare and bokeh.
This filter does wonderful creative light creations. Check it out on their website.

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HAVE FUN WITH “SPECIAL EFFECTS FILTERS”

Special effects filter with star bursts

I hope you have been enjoying this weeks blogs, all talking about filters on your camera lenses. And what you can do during your photo shoot to create what you want rather than rely on “Post production”.

Today I wanted to talk about special effects filters, like the protective UV Filter you have on your lens now, only they were meant to do some creative photos with it. The Specil Effects filters for dslr cameras certainly make it so you may have an edge on photography that a lot of photographers don’t try, mostly because they just don’t know.

Special-Effects Filters: Star Filters

This first filter is called a 4 Point Star filter . This is how the photo at the top of the page was taken. Notice it has a little handle on it so you can rotate it to get the effect that you want.

This filter is unique. It is called: kalaidescope filter for lenses. See your subject turn into 9 images by using this filter. Not used a lot, but, it is there if you think you will have some fun with it.

Photo taken with a Kaleidoscope filter

The flare filter is a rare one, but a beauty. I can only find one place that is available. Go to: https://prismlensfx.com if this is a lens you are interested in.

This is a photo taken with the Flare FX filter.

This filter is called the Radiant FX filter, and I find it only available again at: https://prismlensfx.com

Photo showing without the radiant filter, and with a radiant filter. Puts stars on light sources.
A Beginner's Guide to Camera Lens Filters

Here you see a variety of Gradient filters. Here you can change just a sunset to a color, while leaving everything else the color that it was. These filters come in the standard round filters, or the square filters, in which you insert it into a filter holder.

If this type of filter, or filters interest you, there is a company that specializes in this. Just go to: https://prismlensfx.com and look for what might interest you. They also have photos of before and after. So, worth checking out.