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

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How does an apodization filter improve bokeh?

The new Fujifilm Fujinon XF56mmF1.2 R APD has an "apodization" filter, which Fujifilm says "smoothes the outline of the subject to create a more natural bokeh effect". The Wikipedia article on ...
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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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Donuts in the bokeh through the viewfinder of Canon 6D

I just bought a Canon EOS 6D, and while testing it I noticed that I tend to see small dark donut shapes in the center of the extremely out-of-focus highlight spots in the viewfinder. This was with an ...
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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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zoom or aperture which one decreases DoF?

When I want to decrease my DoF and have Bokeh in my photos, I always stuck between choosing either opening the aperture or zooming. Should I start zooming or should I decrease the aperture? Edit: I'...
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What is the correct pronunciation of “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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What swirly bokeh technique is this and how can I achieve it?

What is the technique used to capture this image? How can the result be achieved? I know that it can be achieved in a digital darkroom but how can I replicate the effect straight out of the camera?
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Canon EF 16-35 f/2.8 prime vs. 50mm f/1.2 lens for bokeh/dreamy effect?

I'm looking into camera lenses and have seen two referenced as what certain bloggers use to take a certain kind of light-filled "perfectly overexposed" strong-bokeh picture that I am partial to, like ...
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Which will produce a shallower depth of field: 50mm f/1.7 or 70-210mm f/4?

I'm shooting with a Sony a77. What would produce a more shallow depth of field for portraits: a Minolta 50mm 1.7 wide open or a Minolta 70-210mm f/4 wide open?
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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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How is a lens's bokeh determined by its construction?

I'm buying a new lens and am interested in determining how the out-of-focus effects will turn out with it. How is a lens's bokeh determined by its construction, and can one get an approximate idea of ...
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How to do custom bokeh on Nikon D3200 with 18-55mm lens (f3.5)? [duplicate]

I am attempting to use custom bokeh for an effect in which words appear in out of focus lights. After many experimentations i still can't manage to get it to work, i believe this is largely because of ...
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Can I make custom bokeh shape using a 18-55mm Nikkor lens?

Custom bokeh shapes need a large aperture. The max aperture my lens can reach is f3.5. Is it big enough for a custom bokeh? I tried but it doesn't work.
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Need recomended lens for both “full body portraits” & “family or groups” both with background bokehs

I am planning to buy modular lens style DSLR (Sony ILCE-QX1), it has 20.1MP APS-C, 23.2 x 15.4 mm sensor. http://www.sony.net/Products/di/en-us/products/cm32/index.html?contentsTop=1 However, to ...
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How farther objects in a scene makes more bokeh? [duplicate]

Why is it that DSLRs makes more bokeh from far objects compared to near ones (Large apertures)? How camera sensor (or lens) function to take this shots? EDIT: My question is different as in the link ...
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Is it worth getting 50mm lens when I have Nikkor 15-35mm for portraits & “Bokeh” effect? [duplicate]

As I know 15-35mm lens is a good prime all rounder, but from what I have seen in photo examples and youtube videos for portraits (full body person) it's better to have a 50mm lens. It's also a very ...
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What is the root of “El bokeh wall” naming?

I've found that bokeh wall in some sources is referred as El Bokeh Wall. I wonder: why is that? Searching gives no answer. Is it in spanish or something else? Example of using "El Bokeh Wall": http://...
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Do I have to buy a 35/1.8 to get background blur or can I use the kit lens? [duplicate]

I have a Nikkon D3200 and it comes with a 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Auto Focus-S DX VR NIKKOR Zoom Lens. I read that before I purchase a 35mm prime lens, I should set my lens to 35mm and then take pictures ...
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What is the cause of this non-uniform bokeh effect?

A friend of mine is thinking of buying a used medium-format film TLR camera (a Mamiya C330), and he showed me some of the test shots he'd taken with it. I was struck by the curiously non-uniform ...
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What algorithm can I use to simulate bokeh?

I am attempting to write a script that loops through each pixel in a photograph and applies a bokeh to the image as a whole. I built a script based off this link, however that seems to be a hack. I ...
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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 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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Focus specifics in Samsung s5 [duplicate]

Can I take a photo with blurred background with Samsung s5 for a subject far by 2 metres of the lens? and what is the specific distance for manual focus for a 16 megapixel mobile phone lens to take a ...
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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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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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Is a 70-300 lens something you would get in addition to a 85 mm lens?

My budget range: Don't want to spend more than $1000.00 My goal: Taking nice portrait shots with bokeh and blurry backgrounds in non-studio places like standing next to a graffiti wall in a street. ...
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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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Would a 85mm lens have allowed me to blur the background better in this photo of a DJ in action?

This is the picture I took: I had a Nikon-D610 and a 24-70mm f 2.8 lens on it and I used it on Manual mode and metering was f:2.8, Shutter speed: 1/20 sec and Focal length: 62mm. Also I was as ...
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How can I know how far the in focus area extends [duplicate]

I know when for example camera is on f2.8 it means an area in front and back of the place that focus is, will be in focus and areas closer or farther will be out of focus, but if it is for example f22....
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What is the reason of “banded” bokeh on Sony a7?

Watching the photos made using Sony a7 cameras with fast lenses, I've noticed one interesting thing about the bokeh. It seems to be that its shape is more geometric, more "banded" in comparison to ...
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What is the photography term for blurred / dragged lights?

What is the photography term for blurred / dragged lights? Hare are two quick examples from my phone: Would this be considered bokeh, or does a term even exist for this?
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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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What causes the glitter/texture in bokeh?

I have been looking for a technical explanation for the glitter/texture sometimes appearing in bokeh, usually when you have light coming through a object that scatters light like glass. I am of cause ...
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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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What is considered high quality bokeh?

What is considered high quality bokeh and what is considered low quality bokeh?
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Synthetic bokeh: linearly intensify bokeh/blur from e.g. detected contrast or bokeh circle sizes

This question may be somewhat uninformed, as I am certainly no expert on the notions involved, so please bear with me :) In the context of manipulating synthetic bokeh in post-processing, settling ...
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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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Clipped bokeh circles at max aperture with wide aperture, short focal length lenses

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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Bokeh on a 55 mm lens [duplicate]

I am an aspiring photographer and I was wondering if it is possible to get bokeh images with a 55 mm lens since right now that is all I have.
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What's the technical explanation for custom bokeh shapes? [duplicate]

Simply putting a heart shaped cut-out in front of the lens turns this into this How does that happen? What's the optics behind this phenomenon?
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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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Why is the bokeh shaped like the aperture?

Why is the bokeh shaped like the aperture? What is the physical explanation to this?
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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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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 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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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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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 (...