An easy lesson in beautiful bokeh

Beautiful photographs are dependent on beautiful light.

In this video one of the modern lighting masters examines how to make great bokeh. He shows us a simple experiment using different lenses and apertures so you can see how its done. Then he does some wonderful street photography shots to give you some creative ideas for doing your own bokeh shoot.

“Bokeh” is the Japanese for “blur” or “haze”. You can find out more about it in our bokeh definition in the Photokonnexion Photographic Glossary (Definitions, articles and resources on photography).

Creating Bokeh: A Lighting Tutorial


From Jay P. Morgan. TheSlantedLens

Points to remember

In the video Jay P. Morgan identified four important points about making bokeh. They were…

  • Get as close to the subject as you can
  • Get as far away from the background lights as possible
  • Keep the aperture wide open
  • Shoot small light sources

These valuable points are really all you need to remember to make your own beautiful bokeh images.

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By Damon Guy (author and Photokonnexion editor)

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Damon is a writer-photog and editor of this site. He has run some major websites, a computing department and a digital image library. He started out as a trained teacher and now runs training for digital photogs.
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