Your Weekend Photography Project – Bokeh

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Dancing Bokeh by Neal Fowler on Flickr Creative Commons.

Bokeh refers to the quality of the points of light in the out-of-focus areas of a photo (typically in the background of an image when using a shallow depth of field). Bokeh can be subtle and it can be overt – it can accent a photograph or it can be the subject of a photograph.

A good quality lens will render bokeh as soft-edged circles, where the edge of the circle is not well defined. Of course, there are thousands of examples of how different qualities of bokeh contribute to the overall enjoyment of a photograph.

Amaryllis in bokeh by Bill Harrison on Flickr Creative Commons

Do you deliberately compose a photograph to incorporate and achieve bokeh, or do you just appreciate it when it happens to occur? This weekend I challenge you to purposefully produce the bokeh effect in your photographs, from subtle background blurring to eye-catching circles of light. If you have multiple lenses, discover the different qualities of bokeh that they each produce.

Then, as always, share your results on our Facebook Page or Flickr Group.

For more information on bokeh, and the different types that different lenses produce, see this excellent article by Rick Denney.

Photo Credits (in order of appearance):
- “Dancing Bokeh” by Neal Fowler on Flickr Creative Commons.
- “Amaryllis in bokeh” by Bill Harrison on Flickr Creative Commons.

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