Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Getting blurry....

One question I get asked quite frequently is...
"How do I get my background blurry?"

Hold tight for just a second while I get a little technical on you. ((Not that I understand a whole lotta techy stuff))...but here goes.

When the background blurs, it is called bokeh. Pronounced Boke-aay or boke-uh.

The definition is: "a photographic term referring to the appearance of out-of-focus areas in an image produced by a camera lens using a shallow depth of field. Different lens bokeh produces different aesthetic qualities in out-of-focus backgrounds, which are often used to reduce distractions and emphasize the primary subject."

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this feature because it can make a picture that has a less than perfect background look great. I love it when I take pictures of my kids and you can't see the messy house in the background because it is all blurred and you can't even tell what the blur actually is! The way I get my blur is with my favorite lens. I know a lot of people that have the 50 mm 1.8, and LOVE it too. As far as glass goes, the 1.8 is a STEAL! This glass creates amazing bokeh because it has the ability for such a wide aperture and creates a very shallow depth of field. A shallow depth of field means that your subject is in focus and the rest of the photo is not. I love using my lens wide open (meaning the lowest aperture number it will allow) without overexposing the photo. If your aperture is open too wide, that means too much time for light to come in. So I determine my aperture according to the light and go from there. But, I always stay as low as I can to create a nice bokeh! I love it. I love it. I love it. Another reason I love my 50 mm 1.4 is because it is so great in low light situations. We will get into that another time.

For a really great explanation on bokeh...go to... The Pioneer Woman. She explains things in a way that even I can understand. It is a FANTASTIC resource for all things photography!


Kelli said...

Can you please re-post this when I finally break down and buy myself a good camera? Please? Because I will forget all that you just wrote.

I love the blurred background. Is there any way at all to do that with just a normal camera?

Thanks for sharing all your great tips! You're so good at all this stuff!

AMMIE said...

I am so glad you have started this blog. I love it. I have just purchased a Cannon XT or XTi not sure and just started classes but the tech. terms are overwhelming for me. I find myself reading your blog after class to see if I can make sense to what I was just tought.

Chelsea Johnson said...

Love the tips! I am so glad I splurged on professional newborn pictures of Jack, it was totally worth it!