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Questions tagged [bokeh]

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

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Nikon 105mm f/2.8D or Nikon AF S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G

My lens broke down so I am in a market for a new one. Ideally I would love to purchase one lens for both macro (I photograph jewelry) and portraits (I am an amateur striving for a creamy bokeh). I ...
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How to maximize the blurred background look with a distant subject (for example, 10m away)?

What lenses do I need in order to achieve the amount of bokeh that's on the image below? I am quite new to dslr photography, and I want to buy a new lens. My main objective is to get strong bokeh ...
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Besides mirror lenses, what can cause ring-shaped bokeh?

A couple of images in a question about how to create a 'medieval look' appear to have ring-shaped bokeh. Catadioptric (mirror) lenses can cause similarly shaped bokeh, but these images do not look ...
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What is the cause of inclusions in my bokeh?

I was doing a lens review an two of my lenses showed these rather unsightly inclusions in their bokeh. There are two different lenses. EDIT: The third lens I have tested also seems to have this ...
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How do I obtain sharp images on full body portraits?

I currently have a 50mm 1.8 and 85mm 1.8 and would want to know if the bokeh or sharpness would be any different at all. Many seem to say that the 85mm woud work best, but wouldn’t I have to bump up ...
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How to do smoky bokeh

How is this effect achieved? Possible ideas: This is just "painted" in photoshop A custom shaped aperture is used Original image by Frederic Gombert
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Is this “tack sharp with blurred background” look done with Photoshop?

I’m relatively new to photography and although I feel like each photographer has their own style when capturing an image it seems that sometimes I just don’t have the right equipment. The pictures ...
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Will 50mm f1.4 and 85mm f1.8 lenses produce the same bokeh, given the same framing?

I have recently upgraded from a DX Body (Nikon D3300) to a FX body (Nikon D750) and also I have Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 & Sigma 150-600mm Sport lenses. While I was using the DX body, I had a Nikon ...
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How do phone attachment lenses affect depth of field?

Let's take, for example, the Moment Tele Lens. This lens is pitched as a 60mm lens that allows you to get 2x "closer" to the subject. The iPhone 6s uses a f/2.2 lens. Does the mounting of the tele ...
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What causes this 'bokeh crop' effect?

I've seen this effect before & not thought much about it, but I was trying out some experiments with a string of xmas lights & short DoF & noticed that sometimes I can get circular bokeh ...
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Scratchy bokeh - do I have a problem with my lens?

I'm using a Sony G 70-300/4.5-5.6 SSM lens, paired with a Sony A-E mount converter and an A7Rii. https://ibb.co/kifF1k The above shot is a 100% crop of a photo taken at f5.6 300m. I always get ...
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What causes swirling in bokeh? [duplicate]

The East German antique lens, Zeiss Biotar 75mm, is famous for producing a swirling, water-like bokeh as illustrated in the photo below: What optical materials and/or design cause this effect, which ...
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Should I use my kit lens at max aperture or max zoom for shallow depth of field? [duplicate]

I have the Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6g vrii lens using it on the D3300. I have been trying to create some bokeh effect using this lens (I know it isn't a great lens for bokeh). The thing I was wondering ...
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How to prevent “cats eye” bokeh?

What steps could someone take in order to keep their bokeh balls as circular as possible? I know stepping down the lens aperture will help. Are there any other suggestions? Would using the lens hood ...
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What type of lens should I buy if I want strong out-of-focus blur?

I'm looking for a lens to focus on one thing, and the background is really blurred out. I also want really good quality. I was looking a 50mm prime.
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Do apodization screw-on filters or alternatives exist?

Recently I saw an article about the new sony lens with apodization element. This element should basically be a piece of glass with a circular graduated filter, placed close to the diaphragm. ...
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Is out-of-focus photography very niche or lost cause? [closed]

I recently decided to ditch my typical style of photography and opt to experiment with having the objects out of focus. I'm slightly indifferent with the results (as I'm learning this effect, will ...
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Can I change the color only of the bokeh in Photoshop?

Say I capture two photos of the same object. The second one with a light pointed towards the camera but away from the lens's optical path so the light creates bokeh. And in Ps, I want to stack these ...
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Why doesn't shaped bokeh work on compact cameras?

As seen in this video, a shaped hole cut out of a black material will yield bokeh that takes the hole's shape when placed in front of the lens. But when I tried that on my compact camera the paper ...
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Maximizing bokeh in the foreground?

Another question asks, How can I maximize the “blurry background, sharp subject” (bokeh) effect? Rather than the background, I am interested in blurring the foreground. What techniques or advice are ...
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How can I take pictures with extreme bokeh with an in-focus subject nearby?

How is that possible to make this type of picture, once his face is close to the christmas lights and all huge without focus. I tried f/2.8 with a 50 mm but with both lights and face next to each ...
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Why do out of focus elements in a photograph increase in apparent brightness?

What is the physics that explains the phenomenon observed when out of focus areas increase in apparent brightness?
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How do I set hyperfocal distance meter on a Pentax 50mm lens, if I want bokeh?

I have just bought my first DSLR, a second-hand Pentax K-x. I also bought a prime lens (SMC Pentax 50/f1.7) and now I am struggling with the following basic question: How do I set the hyperfocal ...
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Can I use a shaped bokeh filter with a mobile phone camera?

I have found this interesting way to make pictures bokeh filter for camera but I am wondering if it is possible to achieve the same just using a mobile camera. I have tried to overlap something in ...
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Is there any Photoshop effect that can create vertically distorted bokeh as one sometimes sees in film and video?

I was wondering, is there any way to get bokeh that looks something like this (vertically distorted bokeh) in the still from Pharrell Williams's Happy video? Or is there a Photoshop filter that does ...
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Sharpness and bokeh comparison of Nikon 50mm f/1.2, f/1.4G and f/1.8G

The contestants are Nikon 50mm f/1.2, f/1.4G and f/1.8G. The list prices are 38,550 INR, 27,990 INR and 18,000 INR respectively. Bokeh: As with any portrait lens, I want a creamy bokeh performance ...
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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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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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Which one is better for outdoor portraits Nikon DX NIKKOR 55-200MM F/4-5.6G VRII or 35mm f1.8? [duplicate]

Which one will give me more intense background blur with sharp foreground subject?
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 close ...
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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 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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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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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 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 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 ...