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Today we're going to be taking a look at the photographic effect known as bokeh. Although bokeh is simply "blur", using it in an effective fashion can add real style and depth to your images. We'll point you in the right direction to learn more about this technique, and showcase over a hundred stunning examples of bokeh photography.
Learning About Bokeh
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" (source). It's often most visible around lights in your image background, but blur actually occurs in any out-of-focus areas in your images.
Want to find out more about bokeh? We've published a few tutorials relating to what it means, and how you can easily re-create it in your own photography. Take a look at one of the following articles plenty of extra information:
- Nifty Fifty: The Benefits of a Fixed 50mm Lens
- The Art of Bokeh
- Or for more inspiration, check out Psdtuts+ roundup of More Than 620 Bokeh Background Textures!
100 Stunning Bokeh Photography Examples
Related Bokeh Resources
Here are a few resources that can help you acheive a similar effect.
Though using digital bokeh wouldn’t do justice to your photographic skill, you can still try these tutorials and pre-made PS brushes. These are extremely useful if you are a Graphic Designer or plan to be one in future.
Digital Brush Presets
Share Your Images!
Do you have a few examples of bokeh photography you'd like to share? We would love to see them! Just paste a link to your image(s) below in the comments so everyone can take a look.
Best of luck with exploring this fascinating area of photography for yourself!