The first time I head the word “bokeh”, I thought it was a Japanese camera. So I decided that I’d look it up, turns out I was really wrong. And I also have a bunch of photos that have this particular effect!
The term “bokeh” comes from the Japanese word “boke”, which means “blur” or “haze”. This word describes the way that the lens of a camera renders the light when it is out-of-focus. It usually comes out as circular shapes in the back ground of your picture.
When your setting isn’t focused to the points of light in your shot, it produces blurred circles that give depth to your photo. During the day, you usually won’t get very many of these circular lights because they are not bright enough against daylight to show up well.
On the other hand, dark places work very well if you want the bokeh effect.
And then there are the occasional situations when you have things like leaves and trees that filter spots of light into the background of your picture. I find these to be the best ones. I’ve gotten some great shots when I shoot with nature.
So if you’d like the closest thing to 3D in your film, bokeh may be your best shot!