What does bokeh mean?

Coming from the Japanese word “boke“ (ボケ) which means “blur“, bokeh describes the quality of a photo’s “blurry“ and out-of-focus portion. Especially noticeable when there is a shallow depth of field, bokeh is caused not by the camera you are using but rather by the lens of the camera. This means that each lens has its own unique take on bokeh due to its designs. Lenses with higher apertures that produce shallower field depths will have much more prevalent and better bokeh.

photos by @nigalraymond, @aciano, @shawnlin, @koduckgirl

Other lenses such as the Lomography Petzval lens series allow you to shape and control how you want the bokeh to appear in photos creating a unique “swirly bokeh“. Besides this, with Lomography Art Lenses you can create even wilder bokeh through the use of aperture plates which can change the shapes of the blurry background.

Photos by bluebirdjourneyand @lafilledeer

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