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Shooting Bokeh

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Ciara Alvarado

on 14 November 2013

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Transcript of Shooting Bokeh

Shooting Bokeh
What is Bokeh?
Bokeh is the blur, or the aesthetic quality of the blur, in out-of-focus areas of an image.
What you will need to shoot Bokeh
Tripod (optional)
good source of background lighting
50 mm lens
My Examples
"the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light"

occurs for parts of the picture that lie outside of the depth of field.
What is bokeh?
What is bokeh?
How to Shoot Bokeh
1. Getting Set Up

How to Shoot Bokeh
2. Lighting
Set up camera as if you were to regularly shoot indoor or outdoor (depending on the one you pick), but set camera to AV or M mode
If you are setting up your lights manually, arrange the lighting to how you want it. (examples of lights- Christmas lights, lamps, any string of lights)
If you are using the light already provided, you are good to go.
How to Shoot Bokeh
3. Set up the Subject
Put the subject 4-5 feet in front of the lights.
Put the subject 1-2 feet in front of the lights.
The greater lights and object distance, the better.
How to Shoot Bokeh
4. Setting up to Shoot
Setting up the tripod is optional, but it helps with the blur
Using the 50 mm lens, set your ISO based on how much light is entering. (good around 400-800 ISO)
Set aperature to the widest possible
Mess around with the shutter speed and see what works best for your camera to subject distance.
artifically done with Christmas lights
Internet Examples
Examples in the Past
use SHALLOW depth of field
leave the lights out of focus far away from your subject so the focus is on the subject and lights accent
Flash is not necessary
street lights are great sources of light for shooting
Night shootings work best
Use good composition
be unique and creative!
Tips for
Bokeh Shooting
by Ciara Alvarado

Websites I used to grab images
This presentation was used for educational purposes only.
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