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Bokeh describes the visual quality of the out-of-focus areas of a photograph.

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Which Lensbaby Sweet 35 or Edge 80 effects are harder to reproduce post-processing?

I want some suggestions from Lensbaby users. I have the plastic optic, double glass and fisheye optic. I use the composer. The recent new optics: Sweet 35 and Edge 80 seem very intriguing and I ...
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What is bokeh, exactly?

I understand that "bokeh" refers to out-of-focus areas of an image — but there is obviously more to it than that. What does the term mean exactly? How well is bokeh really understood? Is it purely ...
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Can a photo with nothing in focus be considered to have bokeh?

This photo was accidentally captured by me. Can it be considered to have bokeh? I am confused, because it does not have any foreground in focus.
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How do I find a point-and-shoot camera specifically for bokeh / a very shallow depth of field?

I will be getting a point-and-shoot camera for taking portraits and only portraits. Specifically portraits with a shallow depth of field. Groups portraits sometimes. It's just too much work to add ...
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How do you achieve sharp bokeh circles?

There's an effect I'm looking for and I was wondering if I could get it with just the camera or will I need to open up photoshop to achieve something like it. I'm trying to get shark bokeh circles ...
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I have a Fujifilm HS25 EXR and its minimun aperture is F2.8. Is there a way of getting a lower aperture for my camera?

I have a Fujifilm HS25 EXR and its minimum aperture is F2.8, but I want it to be F1.8 (my dream is to achieve the bokeh effect) Is there a way of getting a lower aperture for my camera; maybe a lens ...
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How can I take shallow depth of field photos with a point-and-shoot camera?

I have a compact digital camera, and in macro mode I can manage to achieve a blurred background, if the background is far enough away. Can this be done when taking non-macro pictures, and if not, is ...
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Why didn't I get bokeh with my 50mm f1.8?

Recently I took a photograph at an aperture of f/1.8, but there was very little bokeh. The shot was of a wave with a few boats in the background. Everything seems to be clear even at f/1.8. Can ...
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is it possible to get “bokeh balls” using a cellphone camera?

Is it possible to get "bokeh balls" using an cellphone camera? I'm using an iPhone but the question could apply to any cameraphone. bI'm sure there are a lot of apps which allow you to insert fake ...
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Tricking compact's camera autofocus

I'm trying to get some bokeh using a compact (almost premium) camera, a Nikon Coolpix p300 (although the question is general). Since the camera hasn't got a manual focus option, I'm trying to use the ...
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In an out-of-focus photo, why do lights look different than normal/dark areas?

In an image that is out-of-focus on purpose, e.g. on a night photo of a street, why do the spotlights look so much different than the usual focus blur? Such spots tend to have sharper edges/shapes ...
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Is an aperture range of 3.5-5.6 shallow enough to provide great bokeh on a cropped sensor?

I have been primarily shooting with a Canon 18-135 f/3.5-5.6 for several years now, and I am not completely satisfied with it. The problems I have are: A bit too wide on the low end A bit too short ...
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Canon 50mm f/1.8 [duplicate]

Is it worth buying a Canon 50mm f/1.8? What is the lens good at? I read a review that it is good at doing Bokeh. I tried using my Canon 18-200mm to do a Bokeh effect, but it wasn't that good.
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How does amount of blur compare between differently-sized sensors using lenses with equivalent focal length?

Let's say we compare two bundles: 1) cropped DSLR with crop factor 1.6 and 50 mm fix lens set on f/1.4 aperture 2) full-frame DSLR and 50 * 1.6 = 80 mm (which is not far from 85 mm) fix lens on ...
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At what point does “out of focus” become Bokeh?

As with the distinction between a big boat and a small ship, at what point can an out of focus background be considered "Bokeh"? Is it the point where the subject in the background (or foreground ...
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How to get bokeh effect using compact camera? [duplicate]

Guess the question itself sums it up, Is it feasible? If so, how?
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Is 24mm F/1.8 Prime lens blur bokeh is good (not distorted face) for portraits

I want to buy and do a photos+video interview with Sigma F/1.8 24mm Fixed Prime. I did profile photos/interviews with my Sigma 85mm F/1.4 on My Sony A77 APS-C camera. I used to use F/1.7-F/2 as a ...
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Bokeh of the human eye - How does it look like & vary across apertures and individuals?

Precisely what does the bokeh of a human eye look like? How does it vary over different apertures and different individuals? As a near-sighted person, it is fairly easy for me to get some idea of ...
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How can I maximize the “blurry background, sharp subject” (bokeh) effect?

I know that this effect occurs when there's a shallow depth of field. My question is, what are the various ways I can increase this effect in my photos when I'm taking them? Note that I'm not ...
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What Micro-Four Thirds prime lenses produce pleasing bokeh?

What prime lenses can you recommend for producing pleasing bokeh on the Micro Four Thirds cameras like the Panasonic GH2/3? I'm interested in both Panasonic and non-Panasonic lenses (including using ...
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How to shoot with the Brenizer method with an active, moving background, i.e. on the streets

If the background is moving, like a street full of people and you're shooting a stationary subject with the Brenizer method, how does that work? When you stitch up the surrounding area wouldn't it be ...
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What is “bokeh panorama” (also called the “Brenizer method”)?

Somewhere I don't remember, I heard about the Brenizer method. After reading a few sites, there is no consistent information about what it is exactly, or what the procedures are to apply it, so: ...
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Is smooth and nice bokeh only a function of the lens?

Assuming I stick with my current 50mm, f1.8 prime on a DX, are there any: 1. Tips I could use to create better bokeh using the current lenses while shooting or by adjusting camera settings 2. Post ...
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How does a teleconverter affect depth of field?

I'm aware that a teleconverter will reduce the amount of light reaching the film or sensor in a camera, and as such you hear people banding around things like "With a 2x teleconverter this 300mm f/2.8 ...
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How does background blur (bokeh) relate to sensor size?

This is a somewhat theoretical question. Suppose I first take a photo of a subject using a full frame sensor DSLR, with a given lens (say 50mm prime lens at f/3.5). Now suppose I exchange the camera ...
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Clipped bokeh circles at max aperture with Sigma 30mm/1.4 and Canon 450D

I recently purchased a Sigma 30mm f/1.4 lens for my Canon 450D and noticed soon that at least wide open, any bokeh circles in the lower half of an image (in landscape orientation) seem to have their ...
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Optimal DSLR settings for an Indoor car show?

I am quite sure a bunch of folks from this forum are going to be shooting in the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, so here goes! I understand that optimal settings vary depending on the circumstancial lighting ...
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What are the techniques for taking portraits using a tilt shift lens?

Like many others, I have been a great fan of Ryan Brenizer since a long time. Though I have never tried the Brenizer method of panaromic portraits in my professional photography assignments, I still ...
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What's the difference between Bokeh and Gaussian Blur?

I have heard multiple times in photography, the words Bokeh, and Gaussian Blur. To me, it seems that the words are used almost interchangeably, but in some instances, I have heard them contrasted. ...
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How to take a portrait with dramatic bokeh circles when the subject is close to the lights?

I used 50mm @ f1.8 to take a portrait snap. Light source (fancy lights) was near to subject (~3-5ft). I couldn't get bokeh with big circles with the subject there, but without the subject I could get ...
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How to get blurry backlights but sharp focused front face [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I maximise that “blurry background, sharp subject” (bokeh) effect? How can I take shallow depth of field photos with a point-and-shoot camera? I have simple ...
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Is it possible to get bokeh in cellphone photos?

I have wondered how to get some parts of the image out of focus when using smartphone cameras (or if it can even be done). Recently found out about the concept of bokeh, and am interested in ...
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What about lens construction influences bokeh?

I can understand how certain elements of a lens can correct an aberrations or make it sharper - but specifically, how do lens manufacturers influence the bokeh - the quality of the blur? There's a ...
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How to take bokeh photo with nikon coolpix s6300 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it possible to take shallow depth of field photos with point-and-shoot cameras? I have just bought Nikon Coolpix S6300. I want to take bokeh photograph. So, please ...
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Bokeh in Optical View Finder [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why can’t I see bokeh in the viewfinder? In a basic DSLR optical view finder is 95% accurate, so theoretically I should be able to see what ever the lens captures. But ...
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How do you create a washed out effect with deep blacks?

I have been wondering how to achieve a great portrait effect I have been seeing a little bit more lately. The portraits are usually washed out, but blacks are still deep (not dull), and there seems ...
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Why does my Zeiss Hasselblad Distagon lens have a 5 blade diaphragm?

As we are all aware, the more blades there are in a lens’s diaphragm, the rounder the resulting hole can be made, and in turn this gives a more natural looking bokeh. So on receiving my recent ...
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How do I find a camera specifically for bokeh / a very shallow depth of field?

I am interested in taking pictures with a very shallow depth of field, and also willing to have the option to have the bokeh effect, I'm not an expert in photography so I'm really confused about what ...
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Does number of elements and groups of lens affect bokeh shape? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What about lens construction influences bokeh? Does the circular or hexagonal shape of the bokeh depends on the number of elements and groups of the lens?? If not then ...
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How does using a lens with some focal length on a full frame camera differ from using a lens with “equivalent” focal lens on a crop camera?

As an example, a 35mm lens on a crop body (such as Nikon DX) is said to be "equivalent" to a 50mm lens on a full frame body. Equivalent here means that they will have the same field of view, but what ...
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Can a lens's bokeh be predicted by reading an MTF chart?

I've heard people say that everything meaningful about a lens's optical performance can be determined simply by looking at the MTF charts — although nothing is mentioned of that under How do I ...
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How is the term Gaussian blur used?

Is the term Gaussian blur used strictly in post-production, or can it also be used as a term for an out-of-focus area in your image when you-re taking the picture? I'm pretty sure that bokeh is used ...
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Why can't I see bokeh in the viewfinder?

I took this shot a few months ago, and something has been bugging me ever since. I was a bit surprised when I saw the image and saw the conspicuous "bokeh orbs". The thing is, I hadn't noticed ...
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How do you pronounce “bokeh”?

I've had a lot of trouble working out how to pronounce "bokeh". Amusingly enough, I've thus far been unable to get any of the small handful of photographer friends I have to ever say it out loud, ...
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Will a dSLR and compact camera produce the same bokeh output at f/2.0?

Will a Nikon D80 + 50mm f/1.8D and a Lumix LX5 set both at an aperture of f/2.0 (50mm @ f/2.0 for D80 and 24mm @ f/2.0 for LX5) have the same bokeh ouput? I plan to get the LX5 as a second camera, and ...
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How do I avoid vignetting when shooting through a cut-out for shaped bokeh?

I used a 18mm-50mm lens at f/3.5, with a card with a cut-out heart shape of about 4mm. I got the shaped bokeh effect, but the outer side of image is dark due to the card. How do I avoid this and ...
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What size hole do I use to make differently shaped bokeh?

This is my question in one huge breath: What would be the correct size of an elliptic bokeh filter be to create a fake anamorphic distorted bokeh effect with a regular Canon 50mm f/1.8 II lens with a ...
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How do I get shaped bokeh without a Lensbaby?

Is there a good hardware solution for generating shaped bokeh? I know Lensbaby has a set of filters that give various shapes — is there a similar solution for other lens?
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Does a 35mm prime lens show the same bokeh as a 50mm prime lens on a cropped sensor?

I came to know that a 50mm prime lens on a cropped sensor behaves like an 75mm prime lens. So, does the 35mm prime lens behave like a 50mm prime lens on a cropped sensor? If yes, then will it show ...