Portrait Bokeh


The best way to define a person’s face is through a bokeh. Being able to make the people you love pop out in the foreground is the best thing ever!

Bokeh is a word used in photography when we refer to a blur of high quality. The origin of the word bokeh is from Japanese ぼけ (bo・ke), which means blur or blurring.

That is why the bokeh is the solution when thousand of things or a thousand people go around and we want to focus in our subject. Handling the aperture is important, usually you should use a big aperture lenses and just a little depth of field.

The bokeh portrait could result in beautiful expressions. The bokeh could show the world who are the people in your life. Erasing the surroundings to focus on only one person makes the picture more like a feeling, an expression.

written by iaki on 2011-02-02 #gear #tutorials #film #camera #aperture #bokeh #tipster #requested


  1. gvelasco
    gvelasco ·

    You should have mentioned how it is that one achieves shallow depth of field portraits. You should also mention the difference between bokeh and "shallow depth of field".

  2. awesomesther
    awesomesther ·

    Agree with @gvelasco
    I was looking into Tipster for "How-To" So, perhaps you could have mentioned, what camera you used for the samples you shot and tell us how you get the desired effects etc? :)

  3. jblaze823
    jblaze823 ·

    shot #7 is great, cute little girl making a funny face = great photo

  4. iaki
    iaki ·

    sorry to forget this tips
    I took this photographs with a Nikon FM2 and Canon AE-1
    I got the bokeh because I used a lens with big deph of field (f1.4 for nikon and f1.8 for canon)
    Whatever you need only ask me =)

  5. michaelfdp
    michaelfdp ·

    may i have this effect with a LC-A?

  6. monamarques
    monamarques ·

    Michael, you can have this efect with the LC-A, I think.

  7. paperplanepilot
    paperplanepilot ·

    lovely pictures! :)

  8. kerpella
    kerpella ·

    How would you achieve this with the LC-A?

  9. iaki
    iaki ·

    I thinks is a little hard to get with a LC-A+
    Maybe when the background is so far and the person is close ( 0.8m or 1.5m)
    With the old lc-a you must set with f2.8 and the same rules.

  10. nock
    nock ·

    You can have this effect on all cameras... given that the lens gives a nice depth of field! That's what you need! And if you want to exagerate the depth of field, just measure de distance between the camera, the subject and the back ground. The combining of the 3 will give you a nice boke!

    Just for a last note, best lens to portraits are 300mm lens because the depth of field is beautifull on big lens! On de Diana f+ um have the 100mm which is a good alternative, but if you really want a good result you should use a SLR like a Canon A-1 :)

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